Apparently, getting sent to a Samoan boarding school is not the end all be all of your rap career. The New York Times reports that Earl Sweatshirt, born Thebe Kgositsile, has his own record label imprint, via Columbia Records, called Tan Cressida.
The Odd Future wunderkind’s legend only grew during Odd Future’s meteoric rise in the last year and change, while the “Earl” rapper was AWOL. Turns out Earl’s mom, Cheryl Harris, felt that her son was going down a dark path. She doesn’t regret sending him away despite her silence on the matter making her seem like a villain. “I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams that this decision to send him away to a school that had the kind of support for his emotional well-being that he needed would turn into a story about locking him away,” Harris told the Times. “I would’ve had to have talked about his personal life in a way that I think would’ve been really unfair.”
Earl returned to the States in February, and has finished his final semester of high school at New Roads School in Santa Monica. Listen to his verse on the “Oldie,” off Odd Future’s recently released The OF Tape Vol. 2, and it’s clear that his absence from the spotlight didn’t tarnish his skills. Earl also has his own management (Larry Brezner and Leila Steinberg, the latter once managed Tupac Shakur), secured by his mother while he was in Samoa, separate from the rest of the OFWGKTA clique. Linking with Columbia, which is part of Sony, was intentional since Odd Future has a label deal with Sony/RED.
Earl has a few projects on his bucket list, including his solo album, a collaboration with Matt Martians and the long awaited EarlWolf project with him and Tyler.
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