Earl Sweatshirt – Chum [Video]
On his first official solo cut after returning to Odd Future, Earl ditched the stomach-churning rape jokes that peppered his 2010 debut in favor of a more introspective yet no less mesmerizing flow. Behind an ice-cold piano line, he touched on his absent father, his big brother/little brother connection with Tyler, and his strained relationship with his mother. Rhyme upon rhyme is stacked onto each verse, to the point where you’re virtually hanging on to every lazy-mouthed syllable. One of the many stand-out lines from the second verse includes: “Nothing was fucking awesome / Trying to make it from the bottom this is / Feeling as hard as Vince Carter’s knee cartilage is.” He seamlessly juxtaposes dead-serious feelings of depression with grin-educing punch lines, all while sounding like he’s hardly lifting a finger.