Earl Sweatshirt's "Hive" Is Everything We Wanted It to Be

When Earl Sweatshirt tweeted the tracklist to his upcoming album Doris a few days ago, we were (somewhat frivolously) excited to see a track called “Hive” included on the project. The Fader might’ve had dibs on Earl’s Uncapped performance last night, but at least our name will populate jewel cases and iTunes libraries across the country come August 20th. The best part is the song itself doesn't disappoint. Earl raps in his trademark comatose flow, lacing a droning minimalist beat with shrewd punch lines. There’s a bit of interplay between Earl and Odd Future pal Casey Veggies, with Vince Staples closing out the track with a nasally, psychedelic verse. The video itself is a dark, low-key affair directed by Hiro Murai, the same guy behind Sweatshirt's "Chum" video. Here, slow camera pans reveal Earl rapping in dimly lit rooms, sitting in a moonroof with Casey and Vince, and surrounded by bicyclers with SBTRKT-like masks. You've done our namesake right, kid.