Rhyming Style, Lyrical Content Define Earl Sweatshirt (Created April 24, 2013)
Better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, Thebe Kgositsile has a background as diverse as his music. The American rapper and member of the Los Angeles hip hop collective LFWGKTA (known as Odd Future) is the son of a law professor and a South African poet and political activist. Schooled in a therapeutic retreat for at-risk boys outside the Samoan capital of Apia, his return to the U.S. reignited a spark and an interest in his rhyming style and dark lyrical content.
It's true that Earl Sweatshirt was actually discovered via his MySpace account, and was once known by the moniker Sly Tendencies. And though he came to Odd Future without a finished mixtape or showcase project, he was quickly featured in mainstream publications such as Billboard and made an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Shortly thereafter, his debut studio album, "Earl," was released as a free digital download.
Despite positive reviews for his freshman project, Sweatshirt had a bit of a tumultuous time thereafter. He apparently stopped making music with Odd Future, was sent to Samoa by his mother and had previously unreleased material released through a mixtape during his time abroad. No one was aware of his return to the U.S. until a video surfaced of him on YouTube previewing a new song, and his official return to Odd Future was marked on March 15, 2012.
What's Sweatshirt been up to lately? Back in the fall of 2012 he released the solo single "Chum," and on March 6 he premiered three new songs off the album "Doris." He'll also be performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and at Bonnaroo.
Earl Sweatshirt 'The 2015 Ready to Leave Now Tour' Announced
Earl Sweatshirt has just announced "The 2015 Ready to Leave Now Tour," which will see the Odd Future member on the road for the second half of summer. The tour is in support of his recent release, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, which he dropped as a surprise earlier this year. After…Read more
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