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Earl Sweatshirt

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Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt, NxWorries, Remy Banks 

When: Sat., Aug. 29, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $25
EARL SWEATSHIRT

THE RITZ, RALEIGH

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

On "Burgundy," an early standout from Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 LP, Doris, Vince Staples chided the then-teenage emcee, telling him to mope less and rap more, to execute his rhymes instead of expressing his emotions. "Don't nobody care about how you feel," Staples said, laughing. "We want raps." The road to Doris had indeed been long for Sweatshirt, riddled with wounds from beefs with his mom, his label and his Odd Future collective. But on Doris and the wonderfully inward I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Sweatshirt's willingness to confess his feelings and expunge his introversion are among his greatest assets. "I been like this since the Motorola Razr/what a bastard that baby was," he offers over the static clips and dripping beats of "Off Top," his tone poised perfectly between antisocial indifference and antagonistic aggression. With his languid voice and vivid lyrical twists, Sweatshirt is, of course, a gifted rapper. But his biggest gift is his propensity for unwrapping his feelings, linking the trauma of his past to the self-doubt he wields so powerfully in the present. Sorry, Vince, but we want raps with feelings. With NxWorries and Remy Banks. 8 p.m., $25, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh,

919-424-1400, www.ritzraleigh.com. —Grayson Haver Currin

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