Odd Future’s frontman Tyler the Creator has lashed out at Complex magazine over the urban lifestyle publication’s investigation into estranged group member Earl Sweatshirt.
In addition to slamming the report, Tyler vowed to boycott Complex.
“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)
Complex’s exploration 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)
Earlier this year, speculation developed suggesting Earl was 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)
Known for his group loyalty, Tyler recently discussed Odd’s prospects for a future label home.
“I always wanted to sign to Interscope when I was a kid because it was the label of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. I want a boat. I want a Grammy,” Tyler said. “But I’d never sign a deal without 100% creative control. You lose a lot when you sign with the major labels. I’d rather be broke than have to rap over the same chord progressions as everyone else.” (Los Angeles Times)
Check out a recent Odd Future interview below: