Threw his own youth off the roof after paradise

from Odd Future (Ft. Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, Jasper Dolphin, Left Brain, Mike G, Taco & Tyler The Creator) – Oldie Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Earl misses Samoa - he said it helped him in an interview. Here he is saying that all off his bad habits from his youth are now gone thanks to Samoa.

Earl could also be looking to the future, deciding now that he’s back from Samoa and OF is blowing up, it’s time to be an adult and really put his best effort forth to make money in the rap game. Not that he wasn’t before, but he was only 15/16 and didn’t know what having some cash feels like (you have to assume Tyler caked off some racks for Sweat).

Each part of this line has two opposite meanings.

First: Earl sacrificed having a normal childhood when he started rapping, then he was “after (physical) paradise”, he was seeking sensory pleasures and material success. Here paradise also refers literally to the “paradise” he actually did achieve by giving up his youth.

Second: He threw off the carefree pleasures of youth after having an awakening in Samoa, an opposite (spiritual) paradise. In this meaning, paradise also has two meanings, meaning literally after Samoa and the true paradise he’s now “after”.

Confusing but this may be the deepest, if not the first, multilayered quadruple entendre the world has ever seen.

Also, this could be a play on the biblical Fall from Paradise. If you look at it from that point of view, Earl is saying that unlike Adam and Eve, he left paradise on his own without God kicking him out. A more likely explanation however, is that Earl is referring to the other biblical Fall from Paradise, which makes more sense when you think about some of his other lyrics and OF in general.

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