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Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt

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birthday
24th
February, 1994
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Birth Sign
pisces
Biography

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his alias Earl Sweatshirt, is a 27-year-old rapper and producer from Chicago, Illinois. Born February 24, 1994, Thebe started rapping under the name Sly Tendencies in 2008. However, just a year later, he became Earl Sweatshirt when fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator recruited Thebe to join his group Odd Future.

A year later, in 2010, Thebe released an eponymous debut mixtape, simply titled Earl. At just 16, his first solo release got him the attention of music critics, and he started developing a fanbase outside of Odd Future.

Active for over a decade, Earl Sweatshirt has released three solo albums and two EPs. He’s been nominated for a Grammy Award, a BET Hip-Hop Award, and an MTVU Woodie, which he won. He’s also made numerous high-profile television appearances and embarked on five headlining tours.

Want to learn more about Earl Sweatshirt? Keep reading – NoCap has all the details on the rapper’s life and music.

instruments played
Vocalist
Also Known As

Sly Tendencies
randomblackdude

Associated Acts

Odd Future
Alchemist
Mac Miller
Na-Kel Smith
Navy Blue
Standing on the Corner
Vince Staples

Birth Name

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile

Genres

Hip hop
alternative hip hop
horrorcore (early)

Labels

Tan Cressida
Warner
Columbia (former)

Occupations

Rapper
songwriter
record producer

Origin

Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Years Active

2008 - 2010
2012 - present

Quick Facts About Earl Sweatshirt

  • Regarding his relationship with his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, a South African poet and activist, Thebe told Pitchfork, "Me and my dad had a relationship that's not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one, talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it's literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self."
  • Thebe’s mother is a UCLA law school professor and critical race theorist named Cheryl Harris. She is well-known for her work in academia.
  • Thebe grew up Buddhist but chose to abandon the religion in his teens. In 2016, he told Fact Magazine that he was back to practicing Buddhism.
  • While he grew up in Chicago, Thebe relocated to Los Angeles, California, when his music career started taking off.
  • In an interview with The Guardian, Thebe shared that he struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse when he was younger, but that his time in boarding school in Samoa helped him get clean for a time. He suffered a relapse as a young adult but has since gotten sober again.
  • Earl Sweatshirt has an estimated net worth of $4-5 million.
  • He is 5’ 11”.

Earl Sweatshirt’s Origin Story

  • Born in Chicago to a law professor mother and a poet and activist father, Thebe Kgositsile is of South African descent. His parents split when he was young, and he quickly started relying on music as a creative outlet.
  • Just after Thebe released his first mixtape as Earl Sweatshirt, his mother sent him away to a boarding school. There, 16-year-old Thebe couldn’t make any music and was separated from his group, Odd Future. Right before he turned 18, Thebe came home and reunited with Odd Future back in Chicago.
  • Not long after his return from boarding school, Thebe dropped his first full-length solo album, Doris. The record was produced by Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, RZA, Christian Rich, BadBadNotGood, and several other notable artists. Released via Odd Future, Tan Cressida, and Columbia Records, Doris helped Earl Sweatshirt make a name for himself in mainstream hip-hop.

Earl Sweatshirt’s Music

Below are descriptions of the most notable entries in Earl Sweatshirt’s discography.

Doris: A Critically-Acclaimed Debut

After scoring a deal with Columbia Records, Thebe’s debut studio album was met with widespread acclaim. Doris hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the album’s singles, “Chum,” “Whoa,” and “Hive” all performing well. Doris received notably high reviews from a number of high-profile music outlets, including Pitchfork, NME, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, AllMusic, and more.

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

In 2016, Earl co-produced a second album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, alongside Left Brain. Released via Tan Cressida and Columbia, Earl’s sophomore record was met with critical acclaim and reached No. 12 on the US albums chart. The record was described by David Jeffries of AllMusic as “Heavy and [lacking] much hope, and yet it communicates these feelings with such skill and artful understanding that it still fills the soul."

Some Rap Songs & Feet of Clay

On November 30, 2018, Earl dropped Some Rap Songs, his third full-length release. The record was produced by Ade Hakim, Black Noise, Daryl Anthony, Denmark, Sage Elsesser, Shamel of SOTC, and Earl himself. Some Rap Songs was Earl’s third album in a row to be met with universal acclaim. It yielded two singles  – “Nowhere2go” and “The Mint,” both of which performed well on the charts. The record was featured on numerous Best of 2018 lists, including those published by Pitchfork, Noisey, NME, Fact, Complex, The A.V. Club, and more. Following the release of Some Rap Songs, Earl dropped Feet of Clay, an EP via Warner Records. It’s his most recent release to date. Like his previous work, it earned rave reviews from critics.

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