Been gettin’ into Earl Sweatshirt’s pre-Odd Future stuff. He was about to release a mixtape called ‘Kitchen Cutlery’ under the name Sly Tendencies before dropping the project and joining Odd Future. Personal I like these songs more then most of his album with Odd Future. He released these at 15. His album with Odd Future at 16.
MTV recently published an article, in which Kelefa Sannah spoke with Thebe’s — Earl — mother, as well as Thebe via email. He revealed that he had not been sent to the Coral Reef Academy against his well, but that the months leading up to his departure were a mess and he needed to get away. Also he spoke about the popular ‘Free Earl’ chant, which can be seen and heard more and more as the OF fanbase grows. He said at first he appreciated it, but now he is asking fans to stop. Here are some quotes from Thebe from the article, which was published on May, 16th.
“Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed they wanted me released because I thought that translated into ‘they care.’ So time progresses and the fan base gets bigger and the ‘Free Earl’ chants get louder, but now with the ‘Free Earl’ chants come a barely indirect ‘… Earl’s mom’ and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘will there still be this hype when I get back to ‘Oh … I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.”
“If you sincerely care then I appreciate the gesture, but since you know the hard facts from the source you no longer need to worry. I miss home. I don’t have any definite date though. Even if I did I don’t know if I’d tell you. You’ll hear from me without a doubt when I’m ready.”
Molliwopped – Earl Sweatshirt
Deerskin – Earl Sweatshirt
Fuck Your Compression ft. Gruzen – Earl Sweatshirt
Dat Ass – Earl Sweatshirt
Brand New – Earl Sweatshirt
It seems the most lyrically gifted, mysterious secret weapon of the Odd Future crew, Earl Sweatshirt, has been found. Thanks to a suggestion from a reader, and some quick Google research, I found an article which details how Complex magazine had tracked down and found Earl in Somoa.
Earl, who’s real name is Thebe Kgositsile, was found by Complex after a hint about his location was dropped in a recently released track by Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats in which they state they are headed to free Earl form the Samoans. Shortly afterward Complex began digging up details, and eventually found a picture of students at the Coral Reef Academy, an academy for at risk boys, with Earl smiling right in the middle of the group of boys. It is pretty much an understood fact among all ‘Earl is in military school/boarding school/something like that theorists’ that Earl had been sent away by his mother because of his graphic and violent lyrics.
At first Tyler, the Creator denied it was Earl, and seemed angry people were trying so hard to find Earl. After several other OF members confirmed Earl had been discovered however, Tyler gave in. He has stated that Earl Sweatshirt will return to music after he gets out of Coral Reef Academy, and that upon his return OFWGKTA will “rule the world”.
Earl is undoubtedly the most lyrically gifted member of OF. He delivers highly complex rhyming schemes with a smooth and unbelievable flow. His lyrics are ultraviolent, misogynistic, but intelligent, and humorous. His debut, ‘Earl’, which was released when the rapper was only 16, has drawn comparisons to Nas’ legendary debut, ‘Illmatic’.
Wakeupfaggot/Luper – Earl Sweatshirt
epaR – Earl Sweatshirt
‘Tang Golf’, the Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis track which dropped the hint that Earl was in Samoa.
UPDATE: “his mom sent him to boot camp after hearing his lyrics … some kid from la told me on xbox live i was telling ant about em and hes like you know odd future and i said ya then he asked if i was from la then i said no then hes like wow theyre gettting popular blah blah then i said what happened to earl and he told me cause he used to hang out with earl”
My brother sent me this on Facebook, could this be the answer…
Speaking of OFWGKTA, Earl Sweatshirt. People have been saying that this kid, who’s 17 right now, and released his debut at 16, has more talent then Nas at this age. Tyler, the Creator himself said that Earl’s debut was better then the holy grail, Nas’ debut, Illmatic.
While I don’t think Earl’s debut was that good, still, the kid is a beast. His rhymes are complex, filled to the brim with multiple rhymes within the same lines, and velvety smooth flows.
Tyler is the leader of OFWGTKA and dude is a master of all things marketing his brand, and making people pay attention. From the violent and surreal drug addled music, to the persona who puts forth, and the fact that him and his friends basically fuck around and mess with the journalists in nearly every interview I’ve seen or read, this guy knows how to make people focus on him, and his clique.
You have to respect their intelligence. OFWGTKA is bringing a fresh feel to nearly every aspect of music and music industry. Even if their music isn’t quite on the same level as Nas’ debut, they know exactly how to get where they wanna be, and they’re going there fast.
From Nas comparisons and Kanye call outs, to interviews from nearly everyone and insanely fresh music, OFWGKTA has got it all.
My biggest question is where is Earl? Tyler himself has told interviewers he is dead, but I don’t know how believable that actually is. Wikipedia says he’s at boarding school, more believable. Part of the appeal of Earl, is the mystery of Earl. Most of the world has no idea who he actually is besides a member of Odd Future and Tyler’s brother, they just know him as Earl, a really good young rapper. No one knows where he actually is besides his friends and family. WHERE IS EARL. That’s all I ask. Cause this kid is fucking nasty.
Orange Juice – Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt
CopKiller (ft. Earl Sweatshirt) – MellowHype