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Earl Sweatshirt Leaves Columbia Records: ‘I Can Do Riskier S–t’

'Pitchfork' caught up with the 'Doris' rapper for an in-depth profile provinding fans with a look into the 24-year-old's creative process, label situation, thoughts on the streaming era of music…

Earl Sweatshirt didn’t do much press surrounding his anticipated Some Rap Songs album in November. Pitchfork caught up with the Doris rapper for an in-depth profile provinding fans with a look into the 24-year-old’s creative process, label situation, thoughts on the streaming era of music, plus more. 

The Chicago native explained that SRS would quantify as his last project on Columbia Records, where he’s been signed to since 2013. Kgositsile is looking forward to further pushing the boundaries of his eclectic music independently. “I’m excited to be free because then I can do riskier shit,” he said.

Sweatshirt clashed with Columbia over the fact he preferred Some Rap Songs to just be one giant track. The project’s mix engineer, Gio Escobar, told Pitchfork that Earl “was pushing hard to present the entire record as one long standalone track, but the powers that be wouldn’t allow it.”

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The Odd Future constituent also has expressed issues with streaming service algorithms.

“These algorithms are weird and undefeatable,” he explains. “I miss the old evil. Deification is the only other alternative to being a number now: You’re either a number or a god. And if you’re a god, they love you like a god and they hate you like a god. Neither is real.”

Read the feature with Thebe in full over at Pitchfork