Earl Camiciabagnata: “2010”

“2010” is Earl Sweatshirt’s galaxy brain version of punchline rap. Over a Black Noi$e beat that’s more clear-eyed than nearly anything he has rapped on in years, Earl mixes deeply personal lines about his mom (“Had her stressin’ up the wall playin’ Mary J. songs”) with expert-level wordplay (“5-0s on me like the Olympics”). It’s playful yet sharp, bridging the gap between introspection and fun, a blurred memory of pure emotion.

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