Earl Sweatshirt Talks 'Doris' & More With NPR's Microphone Check

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Earl Sweatshirt sits for a chat with Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of NPR's Microphone Check to discuss a number of topics including his Doris LP, determining the value of a track, and his run-in with Sir Paul McCartney at NPR studios. Earl is joined on the mic by friend and fellow MC Vince Staples - a rapper featured prominently on his major label debut. The interview offers a good amount of insight into the creative process behind the Doris LP as they delve into the life stories of the project's standout tracks. He talks about the task of trying to redefine and articulate himself after returning from a Samoan boarding school; Earl admits he frustrated Tyler, The Creator, who didn't get where he was coming from at first. Earl also offers his thoughts on the idiosyncrasies of touring, the importance of breaking the fourth wall to interact with fans and the power of social media. Check the track below to listen to Earl Sweatshirt's interview with Microphone Check. Read the full text of his interview via NPR. Purchase Earl Sweatshirt's Doris LP via iTunes.