As the northern hemisphere moves into the cold months, it’s become sweater season in more ways than one. Earl Sweatshirt has just confirmed the drop of his third studio album, and released a new song, “The Mint.”
The song kicks off with the Black Dynamite sample we heard in the cryptic teasers the rapper uploaded to social media two weeks ago, segueing into a feature by NYC underground MC Navy Blue. Over the hypnotic, looping beat produced by Black Noi$e, Earl turns in a wide-ranging verse with some enthralling delivery (“Sterilize your clique, paralyze maritime n***as”) and a ruminative outro: “Lotta blood to let, peace to make, fuck a check.”
“The Mint,” along with “Nowhere2go,” will appear on the new album Some Rap Songs, which will partially deal with the death of Earl’s father, the poet Keorapetse Kgositsile. As Rolling Stone reports, Earl was supposed to reconcile with his father a month before he died in January.
“Me and my dad had a relationship that’s not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,” the rapper wrote in a statement. “Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it’s literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.”
We don’t have long to wait for the album: Some Rap Songs is out November 30. Stream “The Mint” below: