By Mikael Wood
9:16 AM EDT, August 12, 2013
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote in a recent profile, Earl Sweatshirt is building a complicated relationship with fame -- even as his upcoming major-label debut promises (or threatens) to bring it closer.
The L.A.-based rapper -- part of the Odd Future collective that's also given us Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator -- takes a hard look at that relationship in his song "Burgundy," which he performed Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
"My grandma's passing, but I'm too busy trying to get this stinking album cracking to see her," he raps over the Roots' instrumental backing, "My priorities messed up, I know it / I'm afraid I'm gonna blow it."
If that weren't clear enough, notice that he spends the first third of the three-minute performance offstage (and the rest of it nearly swallowed up by his oversized hoodie).
"Burgundy" comes from Earl Sweatshirt's album "Doris," which is set to come out Aug. 20 and features guest appearances by Tyler, Ocean, Mac Miller and RZA, among others.
Watch the rapper on "Late Night" below.
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