Fans of Earl Sweatshirt and Mac Miller have already heard a live version of their collaborative track "Guild" since March, when the Odd Future rapper premiered three new songs at a Flying Lotus show. But now we have the studio version, taken from Earl's upcoming album Doris.
With slow, ominous production reminiscent of Lord Finesse's beat for Notorious B.I.G.'s "Suicidal Thoughts," Miller and Sweatshirt pitch their voices down to eerily augment the beat, turning in two of their sickest verses to date. For Miller, especially, this may be the turning point that changes perception of him (for some) from goofy rapper to lyrical monster.
As Fader notes, Earl recorded some of the track in Miller's studio, while Miller told the site, "We’re definitely kind of pretty similar people. We’re both very nice. We’re trying to do good things, but also we try to be assh-les at the same time."