St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Auckland

Back when he was an urban legend exiled in Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt had it easy. Now that he’s been back in the real world for a couple years and is constantly in the studio or out promoting last year’s dense Doris, life is a lot busier and far more exhausting. As such, as Pitchfork notes, Earl announced on Twitter today that “due to a lack of self maintenance” he’s worn out and is canceling his remaining tour dates to recharge and finish his next album. He apologized to fans who were looking forward to the shows, citing extreme weight loss and an inability to perform up to his potential. “I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope,” explained one tweet. Here’s the entire dispatch:

In other Earl news, he thinks Death Grips breaking up was a stroke of genius and “the sign of a master.”

[Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images.]

Comments (6)
  1. Sounds good. Sometimes we forget how much these musicians really work/tour. Hopefully he rests up.

  2. I feel bad for him, and I really hope he can recuperate, get back to the studio, and eventually get back on the road. But I went to see him last October in Chicago, and it was just a mess. He came on 90 minutes late, was deeply antagonistic towards the crowd (telling people to throw stuff on the stage, then mocking them as being moronic for doing it), and barely performed. I love Earl, and I would consider seeing him again, but he might enjoy the road a bit more if he treated his audience better.

  3. This just in….

    Exhausted father of 5 and 60 hour a week steel worker blochead tells work “I’m too tiredey. I need to recharge my mental and physical batteries. I’m taking an undisclosed amount of time off”

    WAIT…this JUST in…father of 5 and 24 year employee of local steel plant fired.

    • Ah yes, the magical touring steel worker who sleeps every night on a small bunk in a packed bus performing his work nightly to an audience of thousands while attempting to keep them entertained and give them their money’s worth with his performance. All the while he toils on the bus working on his next great steel masterpiece to unleash on his unrelentingly hungry steel fan base. I totes know that dude.

      • I gather the father of 5 part drifted by your consciousness? And I assure you I’m not tooting my horn. It’s just I’m really tired of hearing athletes, actors, singers, etc. Having to pull the plug on commitments they made and other people had made plans around. Being a celebrity must have demands that somebody that has a relatively mundane job such as mine cannot possible imagine. But at the end of the day you either come through on things you promised…or you don’t. And Earl didn’t.

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