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“I’m excited to be free because then I can do riskier shit.”
Earl Sweatshirt says he will no longer be releasing music through Columbia Records.
In a new Pitchfork interview, he expressed excitement about releasing music while no longer being signed to the label.
I’m excited to be free because then I can do riskier shit.
The 24-year-old rapper has released all three of his studio albums — Doris, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt, and Some Rap Songs— via the major label.
Sweatshirt admitted that his last album, Some Rap Songs, could already have been considered risky material, saying, “Figuring out how you can be radical from within the system breaks your head…That’s where I’m really at: that frustrating-ass place. And this is the best attempt I got. Only so much can happen above ground.”
He also commented on the brevity of the 24-minute project, saying, “I don’t want to waste people’s time. Niggas got shit to do out here, period. I’m trying to say a lot of shit. It’s really dense. It can be overwhelming and have an air of exclusivity to it, a pompousness that I feel is only balanced out by me being like, I know what I’m doing to you. So I’ma sprint for you. I’ma act like your time is valuable.”