Blogger Posits Theory On Earl Sweatshirt’s Whereabouts

    The ongoing mystery of Earl Sweatshirt’s disappearance and whereabouts has inspired several theories (boot camp, military school), and now there’s a new one to add to the pile. Rizoh, over at The Rap Up, posits that he’s been shipped off to a Nigerian boarding school, and offers up a few ideas to support his reasoning. The writer reiterates the widely known fact that Tyler, the Creator and Earl are likely related (how, exactly, is a question Tyler’s been unwilling to answer), pointing out that Tyler’s last name is Okonma and Earl’s real name is Thebe Okonma. What’s more, Rizoh says the surname is a Nigerian one (the writer is of Nigerian descent as well), and that it’s common practice for Nigerian parents to send wayward kids off to boarding schools in the old country. He goes on to describe these places as fairly inhospitable, based on firsthand experience. From the article:

    “If you know anything about Nigerians, then you know this: their universal cure for unruly kids is to send them to boarding school. In Nigeria. It’s one of the toughest battles you’ll ever live through as a kid. I spent three months at one of those in my younger days. I won’t bore you with the grimy details, but it was so shitty that I swore off school for the rest of my life. I still have the scars – physical and mental – to show for that experience. It’s worse than boot camp.”


    This seems a lot more reasonable than some of the excuses floating out there (e.g., Earl’s been kidnapped/abducted/dark forces have him in their clutches) so why not? Case closed on this one, maybe. Though, honestly, I kind of hope the conspiracy theories keep coming. I get bored easily. [The Rap Up]