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 Embarks on Lengthy Summer Tour
Taking cues from his Odd Future bestie, Tyler, the Creator, without much fanfare Earl Sweatshirt has dropped a new album and coinciding tour dates for the summer. I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside is the rapper's second full-length release. The IDLSIDGO tour kicked off on May 13 in Santa Cruz, CA, at The…Read more
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