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Earl Sweatshirt - Hive (Ft. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)
Jul 24, 2013
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What were you doing when you were 19 years old? If you were like me, you were lanky, awkward and goofy, bouncing around your college campus like a pinball machine with no gutters, generally getting your ass kicked by life but too oblivious to notice.

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt may look a little like a Black Shaggy, but the 19 year-old MC has a musical maturity that belies his age. After a few years of myth-building, his debut LP Doris is finally set to drop in late August.

"Hive," the latest leak from Doris, is a relentless rap attack. Its minimal production mirrors the ominousness of "Chum," except the darkness lashes out instead of being aimed inwards. Earl stumbles over the beat like that homie you have who freestyles best when drunk, slurring but still hitting every cadence effortlessly, including the dope back-and-forth hook with Casey Veggies. Earl's second verse is the portion that gets me doing the head-shake-while-nodding thing that only the most rappingest rap brings out.

We know Earl does his thing consistently, but Vince Staples surprisingly shines on "Hive," probably because I've been sleeping on him. Retro rap done right, Staples name-checks Ruthless Records and Death Row in his show-stealing verse before admitting that he'll be "strapped up long as the Chief of Police armed." I'm getting a bit too old to take violent rap lyrics seriously, but its definitely fun to see a new generation revel in its experiments in subversiveness.

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