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It’s been over two years since Earl Sweatshirt released his brief-but-fantastic project Feet of Clay. Now, the rapper is back with his 10-track release Sick! Earl Sweatshirt had been working on a separate project when the pandemic hit, causing him to shift gears. “A wise man said art imitates life,” Sweatshirt said in press materials. “People were sick. 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.” Sick! features guest spots from Zelooperz and Armand Hammer, as well as production from the Alchemist, Black Noi$e, and more. Earl Sweatshirt released the songs “2010,” “Tabula Rasa,” and “Titanic,” ahead of the new album.
Caprisongs is a new mixtape from FKA twigs, which she’s referred to as her “journey back to [herself] through [her] amazing collaborators and friends.” Those amazing friends include the Weeknd (on “Tears in the Club”), Shygirl (“Papi Bones”), Rema (“Jealousy”), Pa Salieu (“Honda”), and plenty more. The 17-track mixtape was executive produced by FKA twigs and El Guincho, who also contributed production, as did Koreless, Mike Dean, Arca, Warren Ellis, Sega Bodega, and others.