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“Any music I did before January (except for pre guild whoa + select others) doesn’t matter to me,” Earl tweeted as many shuttled to work and school Friday morning. “I’m on some other shit as a human now.” It’s been four short-yet-really-long years since the rapper’s self-titled debut mixtape cracked rap like an eggshell, and like prolific prodigies before him, Earl’s spent much of his time since then fighting to distance himself from his early work–diminished in the eyes of the auteur. That may be why he nonchalantly tossed out these two .WAVs from 2012 untagged and not linked to any official OF channels. “*NEBRASKA” is the kind of #bars-fest that Vince, Mac and Earl might’ve choked out between blunts, with dark keys honky-tonking under revolver-cocked lines like That weapon make a peppermint outta that white tee. “*SONG FROM 2012 HIGH 6AM RAMBLING AT THE 5TH*” is even more dead-eyed, with slurred puns about flex tweets and slangin’ wood. 2012 Earl rapped good, whether he thinks so or not. – Matthew Trammell
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