When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you see the person you want to be? Earl Sweatshirt said he does in a new song “Mirror” with Samiyam. “Look in the mirror and what do I see? Only the nigga, I wanted to be”. While enjoyable thewhole song is mediocre, the beat is boring after the intro, Earl’s verse is delivered well, but he does not say anything new or delve deeper into the ideas presented. Which is a letdown since this could have been something good.
The beat starts with an interesting chop, but ultimately goes into a passable beat. The drums are weak and the slowing down of the chop is unnecessary. It uses the best parts of the sample in the intro only to discard them extremely quickly.
Earl delivers his verse well, and sounds great doing it. His verse though seemed extremely lacking in any actual insight or depth. It hit some tentpole notes, Bitches can’t be trusted, Earl smokes weed and drinks henny, he’s part of a team, and women like him. I’m sure - i’m not the world's foremost Earl Sweatshirt expert - he has said all of these things better elsewhere. It is disappointing since he is such a talented rapper that this verse is something any rapper could have done.
Mirror, for all of its faults they remains enjoyable, I nodded head to the beat when it was and listened to Earl intently. Trying to find something to love about this song, I came up short and this song will probably fade from my memory quickly.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)