In the wake of the horrific Christchurch terror attack that left 49 innocent people dead, we are reminded of the perpetual ignorance of the global media.
The new album from Odd Future alumnus Earl Sweatshirt is called, simply, Some Rap Songs. On the surface, the name fits an album that sounds almost like a mixtape; a chaotic, near-schizophrenic barrage of minimalistic rap sketches, cramming 15 tracks into a tight 24 minutes. A relentless barrage of conceptual thumbnails, each track focuses on a different singular point or thought, with no respite between them. Not much in the way of real hooks but plenty of refrain, just to drive his points home. Earl Sweatshirt’s lyrics often deserve to be repeated.
The greatest ability that humanity possesses is that of reflection. Our tiny, dirty planet has nearly completed yet another lap of the sun, and as the year draws to a close, we humans are naturally inclined to reflect on the year that has passed. Politically and culturally, it has been a turbulent one, to say the least, but we have been fortunate enough to be graced with a plethora of fantastic musical creations to distract ourselves from the forthcoming apocalypse.