Earl Sweatshirt shares new track ‘Tabula Rasa’ from forthcoming project, ‘Sick!’

The cut also features hip-hop duo Armand Hammer

Earl Sweatshirt has revealed he has a new project on the way titled ‘Sick!’, marking the announcement with a track from the forthcoming LP.

The new cut, ‘Tabula Rasa’, features hip-hop duo Armand Hammer, and was produced by Theravada and Rob Chambers. It’s reminiscent of a ’90s rap cut, with a repetitious piano line, slinky percussion and samples of muffled speech that sound like they’ve been lifted from an old-time movie.

An accompanying music video directed by Joseph Mault also arrived alongside the track, comprising grainy, VHS-style footage of Sweatshirt and Elucid and Billy Woods of Armand Hammer recording the song. Check it out below.

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“Sick is my humble offering of 10 songs recorded in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns,” Sweatshirt said of the forthcoming project in a press statement.

“Before the virus I had been working on an album I named after a book I used to read with my mother (The People Could Fly). Once the lockdowns hit, people couldn’t fly anymore. A wise man said art imitates life. People were sick. The People were angry and isolated and restless. I leaned into the chaos cause it was apparent that it wasn’t going anywhere.

“These songs are what happened when I would come up for air. Peace and love to Zelooperz the enigma, the Armand Hammer, and my good friends Alchemist and Black Noi$e. Peace and love to u.”

‘Sick!’ is slated for release on January 14, via Tan Cressida and Warner Records. Check out the album’s cover art here.

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‘Tabula Rasa’ is the second new single from Sweatshirt in as many months, following November’s ‘2010’, produced by Black Noi$e.

He released his last EP ‘Feet Of Clay’ in 2019, which NME gave four stars in a review.

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