Earl Sweatshirt, one of the members of the Los Angles based hip hop collective OFWGKTA who had mysteriously disappeared from the group and had his fellow band mates, particularly from the groups frontman Tyler, The Creator, sparking interest with the FREE EARL campaign, has returned home.
Update 09/02/2012: Twitter Account Start Which May Be Earl Sweatshirt
Tyler has tweeted:
Thebe Said That I Need The Award For Biggest Troll Of 2011…Hahahahaha
Update: Tyler has tweeted: ‘We’re In The Stu Right Now’.
Sage said earl is back that true?
yeah he is, he landed in LA the other day
Earl (real name Thebe Kgositsile) has been celebrated by prominent rappers and endorsed as an up-and-coming talent, was 15 years old when he recorded the material for his debut EP Earl and other Odd Future releases, but disappeared from Odd future shows mysteriously.
The group had given some clues in the verses of their later material (“Ask Syd where we at. She’ll tell you where we going. To free Earl from the fucking Samoans.”) and given chants of “FREE EARL” at their live shows, which had sparked further interest in the whereabouts of Earl.
An investigation by Complex Magazine managed to track him down to the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa. They used clues in the lyrics, Facebook musings and a tip off from a student who also attended the school.
There were conflicting articles about whether or not he was sent there against his will, but either way he’s back home and ready to rejoin his friends, and hopefully make more music with his fellow band mates.
Odd Future will be touring Australia in January on the Big Day Out 2012 line-up.