When we first met Earl Sweatshirt, he was but a 16-year-old kid, sitting in a hair salon, blending and drinking the foulest-looking beverage imaginable and rapping impossibly dense bars. Three years later, the kid still might not be grown, but he remains wise beyond his years, spending the time in between at Samoan boarding school but returning stronger than ever, confident and self-aware both in life (a recent New York Times Magazine interview was one of the publication’s best in recent memory) and on the mic, dropping tiered metaphors like the one about how his interwoven verses are “36 fish netted like the hook was inefficient.” With Vince... More >>>