Thebe Neruda Kgositsile , better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, songwriter, musician, DJ, and a former member of the Los Angelesbased hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to Columbia Records, as well as his own label, Tan Cressida. Earl gained recognition and critical praise for his debut mixtape, Earl. Following its release, his mother sent him to a boarding school in Samoa until his 18th birthday. On August 20, 2013, he released his debut studio album, Doris. On March 22, 2015, the digital version of Earls second album, I Dont Like Shit, I Dont Go Outside An Album by Earl Sweatshirt was released the physical version of the album was released on April 14, 2015 to acclaim. On April 28, 2015, a tenminute songEP named Solace was released on YouTube.
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles a few years later. His parents are Cheryl Harris, a law professor at University of California, Los Angeles, and Keorapetse Kgositsile, a South African poet and political activist who left the family when Thebe was six years old. Thebe attended the UCLA Lab School and then went on to graduate from New Roads High School in Santa Monica.