News: Tyler, The Creator Announces Earl Sweatshirt's Return

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 11:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Estranged Odd Future group member Earl Sweatshirt is reportedly back from a long music hiatus according to crew leader Tyler, the Creator.

While details are still scarce, Tyler has hinted at Sweatshirt's return.

"Ive Never Been Excited And Angry At The Same Time Until Today. Thats A F*cked Feeling.," Tyler tweeted February 8th.
"Oh. Thebe Has....I Mean Earl Has A Twitter. @earlxsweat" (Tyler, the Creator's Twitter)

Earl has already begun tweeting on the same Twitter page Tyler revealed.

"home," he tweeted.
"n*gga need followers. give me 50,000 and i'll release this shit for everybody."
"50K. It's coming now. Thanks" (Earl Sweatshirt's Twitter)

Although Earl's return appears legitimate, Odd Future are known for being pranksters.

In his return to the web, Earl promised to release new material, if he reached 50,000 Twitter followers. His count stood at nearly 27,000 on Wednesday evening. His future with Odd Future is unclear: Tyler's Twitter page alluded to a dramatic situation, while Hodgy Beats wrote on his Twitter page, "Nowadays people have personal intentions tryna use my ni**a earl... Earl isn't free." Odd Future, however, are notable pranksters -- it may take a more public appearance to prove that the MC has finally returned. (Billboard)

Last year, a mysterious statement allegedly from Earl emerged online.

"Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed that they wanted me released because I thought that translated into 'they care,'" Earl wrote. "So time progresses and the fan base gets bigger and the 'Free Earl' chants get louder but now with the 'Free Earl' chants come a barely indirect 'F*ck Earl's Mom' and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from 'will there still be this hype when I get back' to 'Oh sh*t I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.' ... The only thing I need as of right now is space. I've still got work to do and don't need the additional stress of fearing for my family's physical well-being. Space means no more 'Free Earl.' I miss home. I don't have any definite date though. Even if I did I don't know if I'd tell you. You'll hear from me without a doubt when I'm ready." (New Yorker)

Initial speculation developed suggesting he was deliberately taken out of the spotlight by his family.

The leader of the group is a 19 year-old named Tyler, or Tyler The Creator. The second-most prominent of the group is a rapper named Hodgy Beats. The rest of the group splinter off into sub-groups. The youngest member is Earl Sweatshirt, who was recently sent away to boarding school by his parents. (Esquire)

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