Earl Sweatshirt Says He's No Longer Signed to Columbia Records
"I'm excited to be free because then I can do riskier shit"
Published Jan 15, 2019Earl Sweatshirt returned with Some Rap Songs through Columbia Records late last year, but he's now revealed that the album will be last effort for the label.
Speaking with Pitchfork, Earl (a.k.a. Thebe Kgositsile) confirmed that Some Rap Songs marks the last project to see release through the major label, which he had been signed to since 2013. Prior solo efforts Doris and I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside arrived jointly through Columbia and the rapper's Tan Cressida imprint.
"Figuring out how you can be radical from within the system breaks your head," he told the site. "That's where I'm really at: that frustrating-ass place. And this is the best attempt I got. Only so much can happen above ground."
He added, "I'm excited to be free because then I can do riskier shit."
The profile also reveals that "riskier shit" was attempted with regards to Earl's most recent release, with engineer Gio Escobar telling Pitchfork that he was pushing to present Some Rap Songs as a giant continuous track. However, the label wouldn't allow it.
Late last year, Earl also appeared on the Alchemist's Bread EP.
You can read his entire interview with Pitchfork here.