Earl Sweatshirt is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. His father was South African black nationalist poet Keorapetse Kgositsile. Earl was originally known by the moniker Sly Tendencies when he started rapping, but soon changed his name when Tyler, the Creator invited him to join his hip hop collective Odd Future in late 2009. He gained recognition and critical praise for his debut mixtape, entitled Earl, which released in March 2010 when he was just 16 years old. Shortly after its release, his mother sent him to a boarding school in Samoa for at-risk teens but returned just before his eighteenth birthday, and he was not able to record new music for a year and a half while he was there.
After returning to Los Angeles in February 2012, Earl rejoined Odd Future and started producing new music. Earl released his debut studio album, Doris in August 2013. His second album, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt followed in March 2015. Both received widespread critical acclaim. He is currently signed to Columbia Records as well as his independent label Tan Cressida.