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Earl Sweatshirt Opens Up About Depression On His Comeback Single “NOWHERE2GO”

“Only thing on my mind was death / Didn’t know if my time was next.”

Just over a month after teasing his imminent return, Earl Sweatshirt debuted his new single, “NOWHERE2GO,” today. The song breaks a three-year-long period of relative silence, in which Earl has shared just a handful of loosies and guest features. Now, three years after the release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, the rapper is back with a new song featuring production by Booliemane and Adé Hakim.

“It hasn’t diverted from its original subject matter, which is myself and learning and figuring out all that encompasses,” Earl told Zane Lowe about the song. “A lot of times music of mine doesn’t come without good conversation beforehand. if I’m unstimulated then I’m probably not gonna be able to talk about too much. ‘NOWHERE2GO’ is a reflection of where I was at that time. It’s also the first one that’s getting released because I’m not a single ass nigga, and it’s the closest thing I’ve got to a single.”

On the track, Earl opens up about depression, a frequent topic in his music for many years:

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 redefined myself
First I had to find it

As Genius contributor pajuxy points out, he also shouts out friends like Bronx rapper MIKE, Brooklyn artist Medhane, producer Adé Hakim, Knxwledge (aka Glen), and skateboarder Sage Elsesser:

I be with Mike and Med
Nowadays I be with Sage and with Six-press, ya digg?
I’m in L.A. with Glen, please come and claim ya kid
I cannot play with them (

Although the song hasn’t been commercially released before today, fans may recognize it from Earl’s 2017 performance at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival:

He’s set to take the stage at Tyler’s festival once again this weekend, where more new music could be in store. “If a person is not really fully passionate about their shit, then why should I be?” Earl asked Zane Lowe, hinting at more music on the horizon.

Listen to the song above and read all the lyrics to Earl Sweatshirt’s “NOWHERE2GO” on Genius now.