May 2, 2012


Top 5 Things We Learned from Earl Sweatshirt's NYT Feature

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt gave his first good interview to The New York Times' Jon Caramanica for a fantastic piece about the current state of the collective's "most intense and talented rapper" now that he's back home in Los Angeles after spending months at a reformatory in Samoa. If you don't have time to check out the whole piece, which we obviously recommend you do, here are the five most interesting things we learned from it:

5. Among several other problems that compounded and got him sent to reformatory, Earl Sweatshirt had "a serious falling-out with the Hwa Rang Do teacher with whom he’d studied for years" and "instead of memorizing a Shakespeare recitation [for school], he relied on a hidden iPod."

4. Earl is starting a record imprint called Tan Cressida through Sony, which will allow him to put out his own albums with the Odd Future logo on the covers.

3. Earl Sweatshirt's manager also managed a young Tupac Shakur.

2. He regrets his lyrics about rape: "'There’s nothing that you can — there’s no — you can’t evade the — there’s no defense for like — if you have any ounce of humanity,' he said, the feeling swallowing the words."

1. Tyler, The Creator, Odd Future's leader, isn't sure Earl is "really here," meaning spiritually with Odd Future I guess, any more: "I want to lie to you and say, ‘Yeah he’s here.’ But I have no idea. I just don’t."

There you have it. For a genuinely insightful piece about Earl, read the Times' story here and let us know what you think of Earl's return in the comments.