Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Hive" ft. Casey Veggies & Vince Staples- Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt's new album Doris is officially out August 20, and if that still seems like an eternity away, this track will pass the time until those X's on the calendar reach the release date. While "Whoa" was hyper-kinetic Earl "smacking up little rappers," and toting suitcases "scented with haze and filleted sentences," "Hive" finds Earl in a more subdued state. He's still willing to start s***t, but on his own time. So here, we find Earl "crawling down 'Fax like a rich n***a centipede," and patiently sitting "like the eye in the pyramid," while the track slinks through the night with disembodied vocals tagging along. Vince Staples winds up "walking down Death Row" and taking some advice from the swirling voices in his head. It's an incredible verse, but one that will undoubtedly be under-appreciated by those hanging onto Earl's every word. As well they should, every new verse or track makes it look effortless, and pops another hole in the "one-trick pony theory." 


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