August 21, 2013
Earl Sweatshirt Talks Samoa, Addiction, & Girlfriend w/ GQ
GQ Magazine published a new revealing feature on Earl Sweatshirt today. During the Q&A Earl speaks about his time spent in Samoa, addiction, his girlfriend and more. You can read an excerpt from the feature below.
Who determined that you were ready to go? How did that work?
The therapist. There's like a level system that you have to work through. So you come in at a level one, and you leave at a level six. It's basically left up to you how long it takes to get through the shit. You don't have anything at level one. You don't have shit. You can't go to the bathroom by yourself. Then you slowly work your way through the level system and you get more privileges, more independence.
Were you quick to work through those levels?
Hell no! I was terrible. I was awful. For that whole year that I was talking about, I was the worst. I became the one example that people give. Like, when I came in, they always give new kids the examples like, "Now if you want to leave here, you act like him. You don't want to be like him." After a year, I was the "you don't want to be like him." I actually couldn't believe it. I turned into that one guy. I hated everything. If I thought I didn't like shit when I was at home, I really learned how to be a real piece of shit that hated myself and literally everything.
After that year happened, I convinced myself that home wasn't real, that it was a figment of my imagination – that I was going to die there. Because as far as I was concerned, I was like, "What the fuck can you show me of home?" When I closed my eyes and opened them, all I see is the palm trees.
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