Don't be fooled by the title - the rapper's third album is dense, experimental and deeply fascinating Where is Earl Sweatshirt? It's a question that fans and admirers of the supremely-gifted rapper have found themselves asking ever since he introduced himself at the age of 16 with 'EARL', his incendiary, shocking yet precocious mixtape. In a tale that now seems like a lifetime ago (2010, to be exact), Earl - AKA Thebe Kgositsile - was subsequently packed off to a reform school in Samoa after his mother became concerned by his behaviour, the rise of Odd Future and, most tellingly, his razor-tongued lyricism. Earl returned from Samoa to find Odd Future at their zenith and a baying mass of fans – who'd devoured his every rap and screamed "Free Earl!" until their lungs were sore – clamouring for his talents, having bought into the myth of Earl Sweatshirt that had been propagated by his Polynesian 'incarceration'.
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