Earl Sweatshirt is back with a new song, “Nowhere2go.”
Earl devotees’ ears pricked up after he posted some cryptic videos on social media earlier this week, and they were duly rewarded. On the bite-sized track, the Californian wordsmith raps revealing bars over a busy, grainy beat—produced by Booliemane and Adé Hakim—that wouldn’t sound out of place on Bon Iver’s last record.
Earl (real name Thebe Kgositsile) has long dealt with depression and anxiety, and is candid about his struggles to cope in “Nowhere2go.” He raps, “I think I spent most of my life depressed / Only thing on my mind was death / Didn’t know if my time was next / Tryna refine this shit, I re-defined myself.”
The song comes out of a difficult year for Earl: His father passed away in January, and he was close friends and collaborators with the late Mac Miller. As he tweeted, 2018 has been “the roughest of my life.”
YEEAAAAOEOOEOEOE TO SAY IM EXCITED TO B GIVING YALL MUSIC IS BIG UNDERSTATEMENT. THIS YEAR BEEN THE ROUGHEST OF MY LIFE, BUT HERE WE ARE !!! https://t.co/boQ2tTJmgo
— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) November 8, 2018
Stream “Nowhere2go” below: