Odd Future‘s estranged group member Earl Sweatshirt has finally spoken and told supporters to not worry about his whereabouts despite an ongoing “Free Earl” campaign.
Speaking via a statement, the perceived “missing” rapper asked fans to kill their “Free Earl” movement.
“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)
Last month, Complex magazine put together their resources and claimed Earl was enrolled into a treatment program.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been missing since the group’s rise to prominence, but his presence is still felt. You can feel the energy at their live shows: Fans yell for Earl tracks to be played, and the Wolf Gang wilds out like the man legally known as Thebe Kgositsile is right next to them. But he’s not, and locating the talented (alleged) 17-year-old is a task no one has been able to accomplish. Until now. Complex has done this type of investigative reporting before, and pinpointing Earl’s whereabouts was no less arduous, but after taking hints from everything from Facebook posts to OFWGKTA songs, we finally have some answers. Where in the world is Earl Sweatshirt? (Complex)
Following the reports, Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator slammed Complex’s discovery.
“F*ck @complexmag . You’ll Never Get That Cover You Wanted. I Am Very Protective Over Odd Future, And You Crossed The Line In My Eyes,” Tyler tweeted Thursday (April 14). (Tyler the Creator’s Twitter)
Earlier this year, speculation developed suggesting Earl was deliberately taken out of the spotlight by his parents.
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)
Check out Earl Sweatshirt’s “Earl” music video below: