In the greater hierarchy of Odd Future, there’s a number of sub-groups that comprise the rambunctious collective: MellowHigh, The Jet Age of Tomorrow, The Internet, and MellowHype. The most famous of them all, of course, is EarlWolf, the pairing of Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator, arguably the group’s most important and prolific members. While they’ve toured together in the past, the duo’s never officially released anything under the collaborative moniker, despite hinting at such an album for years. Now, though, Tyler, the Creator has put the definitive kibosh on the album ever being released.
Earlier this week, Tyler tweeted rather innocuously that the joint album wasn’t going to occur. Almost immediately, a fan by the name of felix1234s asked on Tyler’s spring.me page, “Damn were you serious on twitter that Earlwolf isn’t gonna happen? Earl seemed sure about it in a couple of interviews.” In his response, Tyler said he abandoned the project because of all the unwanted hype surrounding it, further explaining (with a few of his trademark slurs) that he was disinterested in EarlWolf’s specific blend of music.
Read Tyler’s statement in full below:
“im serious. i dont want to do it anymore and to be honest it will never live up to the expectations of people that really want it. not that that really matters, but, im not in the mindframe to do a whole album of that shit. i dont want to do it. maybe one day when i dont want to make clothing and furniture and gay ass fruity music about lakes and shit, ill get back around to hard hitting raps, but the way things are looking, its only gonna get worse until i turn full fag.”
The decision is somewhat unexpected, as only a few months ago, Earl Sweatshirt said the album was still on track for 2014. “We’ll do the record when we’re ready to sit down for a month and a half and do it in one (session),” Earl told NME back in September. “It’d be shitty if it was spread out. That’s how I want to do shit from now on; that’s what I learned from doing Doris. Trying to piece shit together that’s hella spread out kinda sucks. You hit a lot more walls trying to make it sync.”
For now, we’ll have to mourn what could have been with EarlWolf’s joint track “Orange Juice”: