Earl Sweatshirt: New Album, New Label, New Perspective

After an extended hiatus in Samoa, Odd Future prodigy Thebe Kgositsile (better known as Earl Sweatshirt) finally announced plans to release a solo album and Joint LP with OF figurehead and close friend, Tyler, The Creator.

This news came in the wake of the announcement that the 18 year old had been given his own imprint, Tan Cressida, through Sony Music Entertainment.

Arguably Odd Future’s most talented member, the controversial collective’s die-hard fans have been eagerly anticipating a follow up to Earl’s critically acclaimed, self-titled debut since its release in 2010.

Son of South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, Earl is known for his complex wordplay and heavy use of double entendre, which was more than evident on the OF posse cut Oldie, which marked Earl’s return to the spotlight.

However, the provocative nature of the teenager’s rhymes, which drew heavy criticism for being overly misogynistic, look set to change as the rapper gained a new perspective on life after his exile.

Whilst in Samoa, Thebe worked closely with survivors of sexual abuse (both women and children) as a part of his Coral Reef boarding school curriculum.

In an interview with The New York Times, Thebe cited the community work as a pivotal moment, stating he’d never actually visualized the morbid acts he’d been rapping about or considered the ramifications.

He further went on to say that he was done talking about those particular themes in his songs, and that there was no defense for generating that kind of content “if you have any ounce of humanity.”

No release dates have been set for the solo album and EarlWolf collab with Tyler.

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