The lead single from I Don't Like S--t, I Don't Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt tweeted that "Grief is a final lament and epilogue."
According to Earl, his label Sony messed up the album's release after the pre-order appeared on the iTunes Store, without prior announcement.
Earl wrote this whilst recuperating from knee surgery, having injured himself whilst skating. He told NPR's Microphone Check: "After I got surgery on my knee, my mom didn't let me take any pain medicine for that s---. And then Al gave me a f---ing Vicodin. That was just like — everything that I wanted to say was just like — that s--- wrote itself."
"I think I have the notebook in my backpack that I wrote 'Grief' in. That s--- is crazy how I wrote it. The hook is in blue on the left side of the page and then everything else is in black. Like, on the right — I didn't even do it on purpose. The blue just ran out and only the hook got written in blue."
The intro is a slowed down version of Erykah Badu's "Fall In Love (Your Funeral)," a track from the Neo Soul singer's 2010 album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.