Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has been missing in action since going to Samoa's Coral Reef Academy last year, but the rapper is back in the U.S with a new single.
Home, he tweeted on Wednesday. n---a need followers. give me 50,000 and I'll release this s--t for everybody, he tweeted before sending out a YouTube link to a snippet of the new song.
Before opening his own Twitter account @earlxsweat, Sweatshirt was victim of various hoaxes from Odd Future members. In November last year, Odd Future's leader Tyler the Creator, tweeted that Sweatshirt was back and recording with the group.
Thebe Kgositsle, who goes by the stage name of, Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper of the LA hip-hop collective Odd Future and OFWGKTA. He is also the son of the South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile.
The rapper received great acclaim for his music aged just 15. His album Earl was chosen as the 24th best album of 2010 by Complex magazine, but at the height of his success Earl mysteriously disappeared from the music scene.
Tyler the Creator, has dropped clues over time, suggesting that Earl's mother will not permit her son to release anymore music until he is an adult. Tyler quickly started a Free Earl campaign.
Many rumors circulating around Earl were shut down when he revealed to the New Yorker that he was at Samoa's Coral Reef Academy. He told the magazine that he was not in Samoa against his own will and asked for the Free Earl campaign to be stopped. But rumors started to blossom again when Earl's friend from the Reef Academy told Complex magazine that the quotes published in the New Yorker were not the rapper's own words.
It appears Sweatshirt is really back this time. He concludes his YouTube video with the lyrics, Annnnd I'mmmmmm back. Bye.