Earl Sweatshirt (born February 24, 1994) is an American rapper member of the Los Angeles hip hop collective OFWGKTA.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Odd Future's rise to super-stardom has been watched by millions online, and has translated into real die hard fans, and a movement whose power is undeniable. Earl Sweatshirt's third album, 'I Don't Like S**t, I Don't Go Outside' is the follow up to the hugely well received 'Doris', released back in 2013. With a cohesive style, atmospheric production and a unique, charismatic delivery, Earl Sweatshirt is one of the leading spitters of the new generation, and with two dope projects under his belt already, his third album is surely set to continue the trend.
The slow paced, jazzy opening track 'Huey' shows off Earl's humour as well as an insight into his thinking and mood, which is reflected through much of the album's musical characteristics, along with the title. His smooth flow and rhyming style is also clearly evident from the word go, and is executed in excellent fashion. This continues in 'Mantra', where Earl picks up on the aggressive side of the spectrum, with a confident delivery over a spare instrumental with reverb drenched drums. 'Faucet', another tune with a slow tempo and minimal instrumentation, again allows Earl to deliver heartfelt lyrics about his relationship with his mother, a subject that has been well documented by the media, and his honest, humble tackling of this on here makes for a real stand-out.
The haunting, stoned out feel of 'Off Top', along with Earl's consistent, intricately structured flow and brilliant writing, make this another highlight. At only 1 minute 47 seconds, it's the shortest cut on the album, and yet concisely delivered. 'AM // Radio', which features Wiki of New York based trio Ratking, is another solid track, with a stylistic clash that really works. Wiki's unorthodox rhyming patterns and delivery next to Earl's continuous, smooth flow is a combination that comes across very successfully over a textured instrumental that keeps the ears guessing. The album closes out with 'Wool', featuring a regular Earl collaborator and one of my favourite MCs on the circuit at the moment, Long Beach California rapper Vince Staples. The gritty beat with loud, crunchy kicks and snare drums backs the two savage MCs slaying the beat in tremendous fashion; closing out an album that feels immensely personal with a punchline riddled track like this is a dope move, and Earl pulls it off sublimely.
A thrillingly diverse music line-up, brough to you by SXSW 2015's Hype Hotel.
The line-up for one of SXSW's most anticipated showcases, Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat, has now been announced - and it looks like 2015 is setting up for some up and coming talent of epic proportions come March 17th. As if the Austin festival wasn't getting hot enough!
Line-up addition Natalie Prass is not to be missed
Selected by a variety of top music blogs via Hype Machine, Hype Hotel presents the best in new talent from every genre in a spectacular showcase at SXSW which this year takes place between March 17th and 21st 2015. On the pop spectrum, we have everything from BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years And Years to Nashville singer Natalie Prass, whose classic songwriting calls to mind the likes of Beth Orton and a little Springfield. More on the electronic side of things is Michigan's own Daniel Wilson and Autre Ne Veut whose 2013 single 'Play By Play' was a definite fan favourite, and who bear some musical resemblance to Brit duo Hurts. Also worth a watch are US Heatseekers chart topper Ryn Weaver, Nashville indie quartet Coin and the very alternative Raury from Atlanta.
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' may well be awful, but is it offensive, or racist?
Taylor Swift has come under fire for her new music video for 'Shake It Off', with numerous artists including Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt branding it "inherently offensive" for referencing black culture. As you will probably know by now -Taylor Swift is not black.
Is Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off' Video Offensive?
The US rapper - who hadn't actually watched the video - tweeted: "I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's ultimately harmful...Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture."
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is Racist? Is Earl Sweatshirt Right?
It looks like it's going to be an epic weekend with Big Guava 2014's quality line-up.
Arguably what could be Florida's most fun-packed 3-day event of the year, Big Guava Music Festival makes its debut today (May 2nd 2014) with an impressive line-up headlined by Outkast, Vampire Weekend and Foster The People.
There's a lot of things we like about Florida, and we reckon Big Guava's inaugural event will definitely be one of them. Set against the glorious city backdrop of Tampa, this festival is bound to be the highlight of your year as it arrives at the Florida State Fairgrounds and Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. As well as 40 awesome bands on 4 different stages, you got your craft beers, your diverse food trucks and your epic fairground rides (which are free, by the way) that will keep you busy in between performances from a line-up that prides itself on its quality over quantity. Having said that, we still think you're going to be spoilt for choice with this lot.
Despite winning acclaim and producing award-worthy releases, there were a number of notable absentees in the list of Grammy nominees for next year
The 2014 Grammy Awards will take place in January 2014, with the full list of nominees being revealed over the weekend. Jay-Z was the most capped nominee, with nine nods in total, whilst Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk were also among the list of potential winners, but there were a number of artists who were nowhere to be seen on the list of nominations.
After their shock win in 2011, Arcade Fire have been ignored this time
Despite their last album, The Suburbs, being a runaway success at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Arcade Fire are nowhere to be seen on next year's list. Their fourth album, Reflektor, was met with almost universal praise and some critics noted that it was an improvement form their latest release, but it seems as though the Grammy committee weren't as impressed as everyone else. The Canadian band don't even appear in the Best Alternative categories, however it is pleasing to see Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend among the nominees in this category, especially considering VW released one of the albums of the year with Modern Vampires of the City.
Luke Bryan refuses to let his party be crashed by John Mayer as his new album sees it's second week atop the US charts.
The country star may have suffered a dramatic 70% decline in sales from the first week by only selling 159,000 copies this week as opposed to last week's 528,000, but John Mayer still needed to be up 144,000 to have had a chance at the top spot this week. 'Crash My Party' is the fourth studio album from Luke and his first to top the US, the US Country and the Canada charts, his previous album 'Tailgates & Tanlines' only scraping the top spot on the Country chart.
John Mayer is a little more used to success, his 2012 album 'Born and Raised' hitting number one across the world and even securing a spot at number 4 on the UK charts - an unlikely place to be for an American country record. A possible hindrance for 'Paradise Valley''s success could be that his performance of new single 'Wildfire' on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' wound up not being aired due to CBS' own problems with Time Warner Cable.
The reviews have been ever so kind so far
Having emerged as part of Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt became a fans’ favourite with tracks like Chum and WHOA. With a veritable truckload of hype behind him, the pressure was on to provide a solid debut album, and he looks to have surpassed himself.
“Doris displays some of those growing pains, but it also delivers a uniquely impressive collection of vicious beats and lyrics that make Magna Carta...Holy Grail sound like Marky Mark,” say Pretty Much Amazing in their review, while Pitchfork reckon “With Doris, Odd Future’s Odysseus is finally back and chasing the ghosts out of his head.”
Continue reading: The Critics Love 'Doris,' Not That Earl Sweatshirt Cares
Odd Future's Tyler The Creator is seen leaving 'The Late Show With David Letterman' studios to screaming fans for whom he poses for pictures and signs autographs. He is accompanied by his friends Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt who also sign some autographs after tagging along with him on the show.
Earl Sweatshirt (AKA Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) is best known as a member of Odd Future and he returns with a taster for his second - yet to be titled - solo album. The track is about a fellow OFWGKTA/EarlWolf member Tyler, The Creator and will be released on his album next year on Odd Future Records.
Rapper Earl Sweatshirt is preparing to bounce back from a bout of pneumonia by hitting the stage with his Odd Future bandmate Tyler, The Creator...