A thoughtful, candid, and, at times, touching, chat between mother and son.
A few weeks back, Earl Sweatshirt staged a live conversation with his mother, UCLA Law Professor, Cheryl I. Harris.
Filmed at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, the hour-long chat covers a lot of ground. Commencing with the dispelling of speculation over their closeness — Harris was, for a time, villanized by his young fans for sending him to a boarding school just as his career was getting off the ground — their talk was candid, thoughtful, and touching.
They touch on Earl’s new album, Feet of Clay, and how the brevity of those songs was meant to cater to the shortening attention spans of both the rapper and his fans. Riffing on the ways politics, activism, and the internet, have shaped academia and art, as well as how cultural shifts have informed their respective outlooks on those fields, mother and son share a bleak outlook on the current (final?) phase of capitalism, noting how racist and unsustainable the infrastructure is (and always has been.)
Watch Earl Sweatshirt and his mother’s discussion below. Feet of Clay is out via Tan Cressida/Warner Bros. Scoop your copy on vinyl today.
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