Show Review: Earl Sweatshirt at St. Andrews April 1, 2015

Odd Future-affiliated rapper Earl Sweatshirt performed at St Andrews last week. Frequent MT contributor Kahn Santori Davison sent in the following review last week , but I totally spaced on getting it up in time, sorry about that!

Earl Sweatshirt brought his lyrical prowess to Detroit’s legendary St. Andrews Hall [on April 1]. The  packed house was amped up for a rapper who is more known for being a laid-back rhyme slinger than some mosh pit messiah. But nevertheless, slam dancing, crowd surfing, and moshing were all in play as Earl  performed most of the tracks off his recent release I Don’t Like Shit; I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl  Sweatshirt. He’s not the kind that jumps all over the stage. But he doesn’t stand in one spot all night either.

Before Earl hit the mic, the Bruiser Brigade’s King Jooky preformed an impressive high octane  set, followed by the entertaining Kush Gang. New York-based Remy Banks kept the energy going with a 30-minute set and Vince Staples ended his 40 minute set by performing “Wol” and “DNA” with Earl.

The Detroit experience was in full effect as a couple emcees harassed patrons to buy their CDs as they stood in line to get into the show (even freestyling for those who requested it). Several other patrons were put out throughout the night for smoking weed, while comments like, “Emcees like Earl never come to the Detroit area,” were repeated often.

Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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