Earl Sweatshirt Biography

(Rapper - Member of Hip Hop Group 'Odd Future')

Birthday: February 24, 1994 (Pisces)

Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known as Earl Sweatshirt, is a well-known American rapper and record producer. He released his first mixtape titled ‘Earl’ in 2010, when he was only 16 years old. The mixtape contained obscene content and dealt with rape and murder. It made a lot of headline for this. Before gaining fame, he used to release his music through his ‘MySpace’ page. He was discovered by ‘Tyler the Creator.’ He was also a part of ‘Tyler the Creator’s hip hop collective, ‘Odd Future,’ before he left for boarding school. As a result, he couldn’t produce any music for almost two years. He returned from boarding school to rejoin the collective and produce more music. In 2013, he released his debut studio album titled ‘Doris’ that received critical acclaim. His second album ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt’ was released in 2015, and it was very well-received by the critics as well as his fans. He is currently signed to ‘Columbia Records’ and also has his independent label ‘Tan Cressida.’
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, Sly Tendencies

Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Males


father: Keorapetse Kgositsile

mother: Cheryl Harris

Rappers Record Producers

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

City: Chicago, Illinois

Ancestry: South African American

U.S. State: Illinois

Childhood & Early Life
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile was born on February 24, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois. He was born to Keorapetse Kgositsile, a South-African poet and political activist, and Cheryl Harris, a law professor at the ‘University of California, Los Angeles.’
His parents were separated when Thebe was only eight. His father died in 2018, following a short illness.
Thebe attended the ‘UCLA Lab School’ in Los Angeles and ‘New Roads High School’ in Santa Monica. He started rapping when he was only eight years old.
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Early Career
He started creating music via his ‘MySpace’ channel and released his first set of tracks in 2008. The tracks were from his first mixtape titled ‘Kitchen Cutlery.’
He released his music under the name ‘Sly Tendencies.’ He, along with two of his friends, Loofy and Jw Mijo, formed a trio called ‘The Backpackerz.’
The trio planned on releasing a mixtape titled ‘World Playground’ but soon disbanded and went their separate ways. That was only the beginning of a grand rapping career for young Thebe.
In 2009, he was discovered by ‘Tyler the Creator,’ who invited ‘Sly Tendencies’ to join his hip hop collective ‘Odd Future.’ Tyler heard ‘Sly’s music on the latter’s ‘MySpace’ channel and reached out to him.
After joining ‘Odd Future’ he changed his name to Earl Sweatshirt. He also featured in various magazines such as ‘Spin,’ ‘Billboard,’ and ‘The Fader.’
In 2010, at the age of 16, he released his first official mixtape titled ‘Earl’ which was a self-released album. Despite being a success, Earl had to stop making music with ‘Odd Future’ for a while.
His mixtape dealt with a lot of obscene content and became the hardest videos to watch. Probably, this was one of the reasons why his mother decided to not allow Earl to be associated with ‘Odd Future.’
She made him go to a therapeutic retreat school named ‘Coral Reef Academy’ in Samoa. In an interview, Earl claimed that he was sent to Samoa because he got into trouble with some of his friends.
During his time at school, Earl read Manning Marable's biography on ‘Malcolm X’ and Richard Fariña’s counterculture fiction. He also wrote lyrics of ‘Oldie’ which was his one and only contribution to ‘The OF Tape Vol. 2.’
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While Earl was in boarding school, the ‘Odd Future’ made headlines across the world and worked on their hip hop transition. The members of the collective also continued their rally cry ‘Free Earl.’
In 2011, three unreleased songs by Sweatshirt were released through the 'Odd Future' mixtape. In February of 2012, rumors started spreading about Sweatshirt’s return to the U.S.
A ‘YouTube’ video was released that teased new music from Earl. 50,000 more followers demanded on Earl’s ‘Twitter’ handle for the full release of his new music, and the work was done in three hours.
‘Home,’ a minute-and-a-half track was released that ended with ‘and I am back, Bye.’ Fans were assured that their favorite rapper was preparing for his comeback.
In 2012, he got featured in a lot of places. He officially returned to ‘Odd Future’ when he was featured in ‘Oldie,’ his track in the ‘OF’s debut album ‘The OF Tape, Vol.2.’
On November 2, he released his first solo single since his return from Samoa. The single was titled ‘Chum.’
On August 20, 2013, he released his debut studio album titled ‘Doris’ under ‘Tan Cressida,’ his own imprint, and ‘Columbia Records.’ His debut album received wide spread critical acclaim by newspapers such as ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Los Angeles Times.’
It debuted at number 5 on the ‘USA Billboard 200’ and became number one on ‘US Top Rap Albums’ chart. In 2014, he released various songs such as ’45,’ ‘Quest/Power,’ ‘Vultures,’ and ‘Hell.’
On March 22, 2015, Earl’s second studio album titled ‘I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt’ was released digitally. The physical version was released on April 14, 2015.
In 2016, he released various singles such as ‘Wind in My Sails,’ ‘Skrt Skrt,’Bary,’ ‘Death Whistles,’ and ‘Pelicula.’ His latest feature came in the track ‘E Coli’ by ‘The Alchemist’s EP ‘Bread’ in 2018.
Other Major Works
He was a series regular in 2013 comedy show ‘Loiter Squad.’ He has his own independent label ‘Tan Cressida.’
Awards & Achievements
In 2011, he was announced as a potential candidate for ‘XXL's 2012 Freshmen List.’ In 2013, he won ‘Breaking Woodie’ at the ‘MTVU Woodie Awards.’
He was also nominated as a feature artists for ‘Channel Orange’ at the ‘2013 Grammy Awards.’
Personal Life
Earl Sweatshirt is currently single and focused on his career. Artists such as Eminem and Jay-Z have major influence on him.

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