"Grandma's passing", Earl says of the lady he named his album after, "but I'm too busy trying to get this fucking album cracking to go and see her." Produced by Pharrell Williams, "Burgundy" is a bit of tug-of-war on "wax" as Earl tries to reconcile his own feelings with those of his fans/friends/family. As a part of Odd Future, as a very known quantity when it comes to rapping well (i.e., "bars"), Earl feels like he has to be self-conscious when rapping about "what he's going though," enduring the voices (within and without) wondering why he's all "depressed and sad all the time like a little bitch."
He's flowing straight from the survival scrolls, but even the voice of the Spirit of Truth keeps breaking in, hating: "CUT THAT BITCH OFF!" So he gives them a stilted, double-time brag-rap in the second verse, not sounding entirely convinced—still missing his grandmother Doris, perhaps, dreaming about her burgundy carpet.
See Earl run "Burgundy" down live on Fallon with the Roots after the jump: