Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
It always feels very profound when an artist, who generally lives out of the spotlight, releases music that is revealing, almost autobiographical. Take Frank Ocean for example. His album, “Channel Orange” revealed a side of Ocean that we had never seen before, his sexuality. As soon as he came out as bisexual, his music suddenly became deeper, realer. Earl Sweatshirt stopped making music and was sent to Somoa by his mother. His absence from Odd Future raised many questions. Was he ever coming back? Why did he leave? Did he leave on his own will? Earl Sweatshirt was a mystery, and that’s exactly why “Chum” works so well. Chum dives into the personal life of Earl, dealing with problems he had with his parents, his complicated relationship with Tyler The Creator and his knack for getting into trouble. “Too black for the white kids and too white for the blacks/ From honor roll to to crackin’ locks up off them bicycle racks.” “Chum” tells us the story of Earl Sweatshirt, a story we have been waiting to hear for a long, long time.