Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Earl Sweatshirt Plays to Sold Out Bodega

Earl Sweatshirt Plays to Sold Out Bodega

By Francis Cook

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming started, which then broke into yelling as they rapped along to “Pre” with Earl.


Click for big version


Click for big version

Earl’s live performance is representative of his music. Only 21, he seems both laid back and slightly insecure. As the gig went on, he relaxed into the show. Buoyed by the crowds’ enthusiasm, he became more expressive and loud. His loyal fans, who yelled every lyric, were as much part of the show as Earl. They provided a huge amount of energy and joy to the show which was evidently not lost on Earl.


Click for big version

Earl Sweatshirt’s career trajectory has been more than unusual. His first mixtape, Earl, was met with high praise and controversy in equal measure. Lyrics about raping and murdering women (something he no longer raps about) threw Earl and Odd Future into a furious online debate.


Click for big version

Worried about his behaviour, his mother sent him to boarding school in Samoa. At the time, his disappearance caused mystery, spurred on by Tyler the Creator’s constant refrain “Free Earl.”

His albums Doris (2013) and I don’t like shit, I don’t go outside (2015) have been met with universal acclaim. (I don’t like shit is on my list of best of 2015 so far) Moving away from the shock fantasy, they showed a more self-reflective, intelligent, and dark side to the rapper. His lyrics are incredibly witty and subversive, backed up by a deep voice and tight flow.

Earl doesn’t grab attention on stage. He doesn’t put on a big performance. He’s just up there being himself, and it’s great. And the crowd loves it.


Click for big version


Photos from Wellington show 23/07

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Vague Alternatives And G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies. In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values... More>>


Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

A pandemic crisis. A state of emergency. Overwhelming public opinion bristling with alarm. Notwithstanding these factors, Tokyo is still on track to host the Olympics that was cancelled last year in response to the global pandemic. The first sports team – Australia’s softball crew – has touched down. Is all this folly, bravery or self-interest?.. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Burned By The Diana Cult: The Fall Of Martin Bashir

The interview was infamous, made his name and was bound to enrage. It also received a viewing audience of 23 million people who heard a saucy tale of adultery, plots in the palace, and stories of physical and mental illness. But the tarring and feathering of Martin Bashir for his 1995 Panorama programme featuring Princess Diana was always more than the scruples of a journalist and his interviewing methods... More>>


How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response To COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise. Organised by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last May, the panel’s gloomy assessment was grim: the COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided... More>>



The Conversation: Is Natural Gas Really Cheaper Than Renewable Electricity?

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change... More>>

Keith Rankin: The New Zealand Government’s 'Public Finance Rabbithole'

Last week, out of left field, the government placed a three-year embargo on normal public sector wage bargaining, essentially a salary freeze. While there has been a certain amount of backtracking since, it is clear that the government has been ... More>>