Performing in downtown Los Angeles in 2012
|Birth name||Thebe Neruda Kgositsile|
|Born||February 24, 1994|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Labels||Tan Cressida, Columbia Records|
|Associated acts||Odd Future, EarlWolf, Flying Lotus, Vince Staples|
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24, 1994), better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper and member of the Los Angeles based hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to his own record label Tan Cressida and Columbia Records.
Life and career
Earl Sweatshirt was born to Cheryl Harris, a law professor at University of California, Los Angeles, and Keorapetse Kgositsile, a South African poet and political activist who left the family when Earl was 6 years old. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from New Roads High School in Santa Monica.
2009 - 2010: Earl
In 2009, Tyler, The Creator discovered Earl Sweatshirt, then known as Sly Tendencies, via his MySpace account, where he recorded tracks for his Kitchen Cutlery mixtape. Although the mixtape was never finished or released, Earl eventually joined Tyler's rap group Odd Future.
Earl and his new group Odd Future have been featured in mainstream magazines such as Spin, Billboard and The Fader. His debut studio album, Earl, was self-released March 31, 2010 as a free digital download on the Odd Future website. Most of the album was produced by Tyler, The Creator. Earl was named the 24th best album of 2010 by Complex.
Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, various sources indicated that Sweatshirt had stopped making music with Odd Future. Posts from Tyler, The Creator's Twitter and Formspring accounts seemed to indicate that Sweatshirt's mother would not grant permission to release any of Sweatshirt's music, although Earl later expressed in an interview that his mother sent him to Samoa not because of his music or lyrical content but because of his getting into trouble. Earl attended Coral Reef Academy, a therapeutic retreat school for at-risk boys, located outside of the Samoan capital of Apia. While there, he read Manning Marable's biography on Malcolm X and Richard Fariña’s counterculture fiction. He also wrote rhymes, including most of his verse on "Oldie," his only contribution to The OF Tape Vol. 2.
On December 1, 2011, three formerly unreleased songs by Sweatshirt were released through the OddFutureTalk "Odd Future Unreleased" mixtape. In December 2011, Sweatshirt was announced as a candidate for XXL's 2012 Freshmen List.
2012 - present: Return from Samoa and Doris
On February 8, 2012, rumors spread around the internet that Sweatshirt had returned to the U.S. when a video of him surfaced on YouTube with a preview of a new song saying if viewers wanted "the full thing" they would have to give him 50,000 followers on Twitter. He also later confirmed on his new Twitter account that he had returned to his home in Los Angeles. Three hours passed and Sweatshirt reached 50,000 followers and did release a new song on his website, entitled "Home", in which he ends the song with "...and I'm back. Bye." Sweatshirt later confirmed via Twitter that all the tracks released prior to Oldie was old stuff that he recorded before going abroad. On the same day Earl launched his website Terttlefer.com, which was later changed to Earlxsweat.com (after his Twitter username), and finally Earlsweatshirt.com.
On March 15, 2012, it was confirmed that Earl appeared on the song "Oldie" from The OF Tape Vol. 2. This is Earl's return to official Odd Future releases and his first appearance on an Odd Future Records release. On March 20, a video released on the official Odd Future YouTube page featured Earl in a cypher-style video rapping along to his verse from "Oldie" along with the other members of the crew. This was his first appearance with Odd Future since his return.
After a lengthy absence from Odd Future, Earl performed with the group at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on March 20, 2012. On April 9, 2012, rapper Casey Veggies released a mixtape titled Customized Greatly 3 that includes a song featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Domo Genesis, and Hodgy Beats titled "PNCINTLOFWGKTA." During that month Earl Sweatshirt signed papers to create his own imprint called Tan Cressida which will be distributed through Columbia Records. He turned down several other larger offers due to his priority of remaining close to Odd Future. His new records will still feature the Odd Future logo, and he anticipates working on projects with Tyler the Creator and Matt Martians.
Earl Sweatshirt is featured on the track "Super Rich Kids" from Frank Ocean's debut album, channel ORANGE released digitally July 10, 2012. On July 16, Domo Genesis & The Alchemist released the first official single, "Elimination Chamber", from their collaboration album No Idols, which featured Earl, Vince Staples, and Action Bronson, and produced by The Alchemist. He was also later featured on the album again on the tracks "Daily News" (also featuring SpaceGhostPurrp & Action Bronson) & "Gamebreaker". On July 23, 2012, Flying Lotus released a song titled "Between Friends" on the Adult Swim Single series which features Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy. Earl Sweatshirt is featured on MellowHype's third studio album & major label debut, Numbers on the track "P2".
On September 6, 2012 in a BBC Radio 1 interview with Benji B, underground rapper MF DOOM said that he had been given a beat by Earl Sweatshirt and that he would "have the rhymes done on that real soon." It is unclear on what project this track will surface and whether Earl contributes vocals to it as well as DOOM.
On November 2, Earl released his first solo single since his return from Samoa, titled "Chum". On November 12, he announced in a tweet that his second and third studio album will be titled, respectively, Doris and Gnossos. On December 4, Earl released the official music video for "Chum". It is rumoured to appear on Doris, which is currently without a release date. Doris has been reported to feature vocals or production from Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Ommas Keith, Thundercat, Domo Genesis, The Neptunes, Christian Rich, Vince Staples, BBNG, Pharrell Williams, Samiyam, The Alchemist, Casey Veggies, The Internet and RZA. In January 2013 it was announced that Earl would be performing at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and in February 2013 it was announced that he would also be performing at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
On March 6, 2013 while performing with Flying Lotus and Mac Miller Earl premiered three new songs off Doris, "Burgundy" produced by Pharrell Williams, "Hive" featuring Casey Veggies & Vince Staples and "Guild" featuring Mac Miller. Earl also confirmed the next single to be titled "Whoa" featuring Tyler, The Creator. The song was released to iTunes on March 12, 2013 along with the music video being released, which was directed by Tyler.
On May 26, a low-pitched version of "Guild" featuring Mac Miller was released. It is unclear whether the studio version will contain the low pitches.
With Odd Future
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(featuring Tyler, The Creator)
|"AssMilk"||2009||Bastard||Tyler, The Creator|
|"Stick Up"||Ali||Mike G, Taco Bennett|
|"Chordaroy"||BlackenedWhite||MellowHype, Tyler, The Creator|
|"PNCINTLOFWGKTA"||2012||Customized Greatly Vol. 3||Casey Veggies, Tyler, The Creator, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats|
|"Super Rich Kids"||channel ORANGE||Frank Ocean|
|"Elimination Chamber"||No Idols||Domo Genesis, The Alchemist, Vince Staples, Action Bronson|
|"Daily News"||Domo Genisis, The Alchemist, SpaceGhostPurrp, Action Bronson|
|"Gamebreaker"||Domo Genisis, The Alchemist|
|"Between Friends"||Duality||Captain Murphy|
|"Rusty"||2013||Wolf||Tyler, The Creator, Domo Genisis|
|"Yacht Lash"||Scion AV Presents: High Tide||Harry Fraud, Riff Raff|
|"One Take"||JellyFish Mentality||The Jet Age of Tomorrow, Casey Veggies|
|"I'm Not Real"||Watching Movies with the Sound Off||Mac Miller, Vinny Radio|
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- "Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Tracklist)". 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
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