Earl Sweatshirt Rap Music Transcription

Below is the sheet music for Earl Sweatshirt’s rhythms on his song “Earl”, from his 2010 album called Earl. There is also a video that plays back all of his rhythms for the first 32 bars of his rap.

-Capitalized words are rhymed words
-the long curving lines underneath the note heads represent sentences or grammatical fragments

Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, www.RapAnalysis.com go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at mepc36@gmail.com.

1 Comment

  1. Queries:
    I'd wager to say that Earl has little to no education in theory; do you think that he meant to rap in 9 or is it just how he said it that day?
    Have you heard other versions of him doing this and, if so, are they the same?
    How much do his 64th note novtuplet (?) ties lend to his style?
    Would his rap be terribly different if he just skipped down beats and rapped with less syncopation?
    What do you think rappers like Andre 3k, MF Doom and Earl think of when rapping their rhythms; do they just "go" or is there a sense of "Imma need ta make dis spit flow as fuck" in regards to their rhythms?

    I apologize for the onslaught of inquiries but, after reading a lot of your analyses, these questions have been nagging at me.

    I do really appreciate this site btw. I've shared it with my friends multiple times and am attempting to consume all of your material.

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