Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24, 1994), also known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Kgositsile was originally known by the moniker Sly Tendencies when he began rapping in 2008, but soon changed his name when Tyler, the Creator invited him to join his alternative hip hop collective Odd Future in late 2009.
He gained recognition and critical praise for his debut mixtape, Earl, which released in March 2010 at age 16. Shortly after its release, his mother sent him to a boarding school in Samoa for at-risk teens for a year and a half. He was unable to record music during his tenure there, but returned to Los Angeles in February 2012, just before his eighteenth birthday. Kgositsile rejoined Odd Future and started producing new music, releasing his debut studio album Doris in August 2013.
His second album, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside followed in March 2015, and his third, Some Rap Songs, released in November 2018. His projects have all received widespread critical praise. He is currently signed to his independent label Tan Cressida, which was formerly distributed by Columbia Records. On November 1, 2019, Kgositsile released an EP titled Feet of Clay.
July 24, 2020Play on spotify
April 24, 2020Play on spotify
November 1, 2019Play on spotify
November 30, 2018Play on spotify
November 20, 2018Play on spotify
November 8, 2018Play on spotify
March 23, 2015Play on spotify
March 17, 2015Play on spotify
August 16, 2013Play on spotify
July 23, 2013Play on spotify
March 12, 2013Play on spotify
November 2, 2012Play on spotify
August 31, 2021
“Roof” is the first offering from the New York rapper’s Half God, which has guest spots from Earl Sweatshirt, Duendita, Mike, and more
March 31, 2021
In this Rising interview, the introspective Brooklyn rapper talks about how writing helps him work through pain, collaborating with his childhood friend Earl Sweatshirt, and his restorative new album.