Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (feat. Frank Ocean)
Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean make quite the team, with their pairing creating a highlight on ‘Channel Orange’ in the form of ‘Super Rich Kids’. This organ-driven cut from ‘Doris’ is further evidence of the musicians’ uncanny ability to tie illuminative lyrics to a sweet retro tune; Frank’s sharp turn of phrase mixed with Sweatshirts insouciant delivery. The 2013 album ‘Doris’ was a triumph for Sweatshirt, rave reviews – killer and varied songs, but was furthermore a victory for Frank as he turned his hands to rap; where man, he proves he can spit a bar or two!
‘Channel Orange’ saw Ocean become the king of heartbreak, and whilst that wonderful collection displays his gravitational and irresistible vulnerability, he never dropped into the murky waters of intensity. This verse and a half sees Ocean take that plunge, which is also littered with that strange imagery he scrawls : “Tattoos you can only see when I’m playing surfboarder/ I put whiskey in that salt water”
However, it’s the few lines below which sticks out as the centrepiece to his verse, as he retaliates to homophobia with that smart and intimidating turn of phrase. Moments such as this moulds the thought of a rap-heavy ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’ into a pretty exciting one. He closes his featuring off by declaring “I catch this vibe in my sleep/ I’m just jetlagged is all, and restless.” If this is Ocean on sleepy form, then man, what’s he going to be like after a few coffees? This is Ocean warming up to ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, which has been so far enigmatic and absent, but when it drops out the unpredictable stratosphere of the internet, man it’s going to create a wave…
“I mean he called me a faggot/ I was just calling his bluff/ I mean how anal am I going to be when I’m aiming my gun?/ and why’s his mug all bloody?/ That was a three on one”
Check out my post on Frank Ocean’s ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’ here.