News: Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt Takes Over The Big Apple, "Y'All Better Act Like Y'All Missed Me" [Video]

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The same day Odd Future rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, gave his first live radio interview, the elusive rapper took the stage hours later for his first New York City show.

According to reports, the rapper took over the popular New York City venue, Hammerstein Ballroom, last night (March 20).

Rapper Earl Sweatshirt made his live debut with his Odd Future cohorts at Tuesday night's sold out Hammerstein Ballroom concert in New York, confirming rumors that had been circulating in the days before. The concert marked his first public appearance since returning from a reform boarding school in Samoa, where he'd spent the last year disconnected from Odd Future's ascent. "Y'all better act like y'all missed me," Earl shouted to the crowd before launching into "Orange Juice" and "A**Milk," fan-favorite collaborations with group founder Tyler, the Creator. The surprise performance came on the heels of Earl's appearance in the music video for Odd Future's latest single, "Oldie," as well as an interview with New York radio station Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, his first since returning. "We waited so long for that shit," Tyler added from the stage. "You have no idea how awesome this is." (Rolling Stone)

Hours prior, Sweatshirt spoke on making a strong return to the music spotlight.

"Were you talking to people, aware that s---'s going bananas?" the venerable DJ asks an extremely timid Earl who was put in boarding school in June of 2010, just as Odd Future began their meteoric rise to fame. "I was aware, I mean, because ... the Internet." "Were you aware that you were missing out on something this insane? Were you pissed? Were you annoyed?" Rosenberg responded. "Yeah initially, but then I also got to f---ing see that all this s--- isn't fun all the time." Earl, of course, was speaking of the block that he grew up on. An area of Los Angeles where he could skate and mess around on the pavement until the sun went down. But with the group's rise in fame, Sweatshirt can't walk through his home turf without fans asking for pictures and autographs. (The Boom Box)

A few weeks ago, Odd Future's Hodgy Beats remained mum when asked about Earl's return.

"Sh*t, man, it's a different recording and sh*t without Earl. N*ggas did they thing on every song," Hodgy said in an interview on Friday (March 2), referring to an upcoming group mixtape. "Earl back. Uh, I'd rather not even really speak on it. Let's just say that. But Earl is back." (East Village Radio)

In February, the rapper started up a Twitter account and offered his take on the public's perception of him.

"the people who know absolutely nothing voice their opinions the loudest. jesus," he tweeted February 9th. (Earl Sweatshirt's Twitter)

Check out Earl Sweatshirt's New York City show below:

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