Earl Sweatshirt appeared on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing a snippet of recent tracks ‘AM // Radio’ (which Kimmel incorrectly announced as ‘Huey’) and ‘Grief’ with backing from experimental jazz trio Badbadnotgood.
The medley ended with the Toronto band’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ and the introduction of experimental musician Gary Wilson, whose track ‘You Were To Good To Be True’ is sampled on ‘Grief’. Wilson, sporting a wig and dressed in a bin-bag, proceeded to, without explanation, wrap his own head in duct tape. Click above to watch.
Badbadnotgood hung around to perform a full-length version of ‘Kaleidoscope’, which has been released via Kimmel‘s YouTube page as a web exclusive. The track originally appeared on their 2014 album ‘III’, which the group has since followed up with the release of ‘Sour Soul’, a collaboration record with Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah.
‘AM // Radio’ and ‘Grief’ appear on Earl’s most recent album ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’. Though critically acclaimed, the rapper was less than pleased with the circumstances surrounding its release. Speaking in March, he blasted Columbia Records for announcing the LP without his permission.
“Brah, I was devastated,” Earl told NPR Music. “I was so mad cause it was like – especially because I feel like this is my first album. This is the first thing that I’ve said that I fully stand behind, like the good and the bad of it. I’ve never been behind myself this much. So for them to not treat as importantly as I was treating it was just like – I couldn’t help but to feel a little disrespected, you know?”