Week 13 of the 2016 Adult Swim Singles features a new EARL SWEATSHIRT ft. KNXWLEDGE t-shirt and limited edition 12" print.

Earl Sweatshirt is rapper/producer who is a former member of LA collective Odd Future. He gained critical praise for his debut mixtape Earl in 2010 and then was infamously sent to boarding school in Samoa by his mother until his 18th birthday. After his return, he released his debut album Doris in 2013, followed by I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside in 2015, both to acclaim. His dense lyricism and use of metaphors and complex rhyme schemes often have him compared to MF DOOM, Eminem, and Jay-Z.

Knxwledge is a hip-hop instrumental musician/producer who has released 64 instrumental tapes via bandcamp since 2009. His songs are often a mix of jazz, soul, old-school hip-hop. In 2010, he released his debut album Klouds via All City and in 2015, he produced the track "Momma" on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly.

The track is only a little over a minute long but that's more than enough time for us to be immersed into the distinct atmosphere of this Knxwledge and Earl collab. A drowsy jazz lounge beat by Knxwledge perfectly compliments Earl's gloomy floating, sauntering tone and in two short hooks and a verse, Earl details a portion of his personal life through cerebral bars that contemplate his will to change and a turbulent relationship with his mother. Through a vivid yet smoky scene we wade through his signature multi rhyme schemes and a perfect amount of inflection to maintain the hard hitting, low-fi vibe.  
Check out the new track "Balance" by Earl Sweatshirt ft. Knxwledge
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Get the shirt and the limited edition 12" print here.

August 17, 2016 by Ray Yamamoto
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