AT Coral Reef Academy , a therapeutic retreat for at-risk boys in Vaitele, outside of the Samoan capital of Apia, your progress is tracked on a map with a bus. Get in trouble, as Thebe Kgositsile did from time to time, and you end up spending your time in a separate house — the bus barn — more or less alone, waiting to be allowed to rejoin the group. Mostly he would get into trouble for sneaking onto the Internet, trying to check in on his other life, 5, miles away.
Earl Sweatshirt Returns
His head is enveloped in a hood he never takes off, with two baby dreadlocks peeking out. For hours, he slowly paces to and fro in stonewashed Supreme jeans, casually discussing everything from the quirks of personal trauma to his favorite JAY-Z verse to the importance of privacy. Occasionally, he shuffles to a window, looks off into the distance, and takes a long pause. He chooses his words carefully. He never leaves the house.
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile born February 24, , also known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt , is an American rapper, songwriter, musician, record producer, poet, actor and videographer. Kgositsile was originally known by the moniker Sly Tendencies when he began rapping in , but soon changed his name when Tyler, the Creator invited him to join his alternative hip hop collective Odd Future in late He gained recognition and critical praise for his debut mixtape , Earl , which released in March when he was just 16 years old.
Ever since the first frames of the grainy body-horror video for the title track of his debut mixtape EARL , Earl Sweatshirt has felt both eerily ever-present and never present. An undercurrent of loss and pain trails all of his creative breakthroughs. Music is a space for Earl to vent about his troubles.