Leave it to a monster of traditional journalism, the New Yorker, to do the most rational thing re: the search for Earl Sweatshirt: Publish a massive 8,000 word article about Odd Future, including, for the first time ever, actual quotes from Earl himself. And actual biographical background! His dad is a poet, and his moms is afraid of his fans, apparently. The thing is behind New Yorker’s paywall, but you can read an excerpt here. Here’s the juiciest quote from Earl:
“Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed that they wanted me released because I thought that translated into ‘they care,’” Earl wrote. “So time progresses and the fan base gets bigger and the ‘Free Earl’ chants get louder but now with the ‘Free Earl’ chants come a barely indirect ‘Fuck Earl’s Mom’ and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘will there still be this hype when I get back’ to ‘Oh shit I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.’” Earl added, “The only thing I need as of right now is space. I’ve still got work to do and don’t need the additional stress of fearing for my family’s physical well-being. Space means no more ‘Free Earl.’”
The fact that he can be introspective and thoughtful certainly smashes the perception of the OF kids as delinquent mouth-breathing homophobes, doesn’t it? I mean, he raps about killing people, then he’s worried about his mom. A fucking walking paradox, is what this is, people. I for one can’t wait to read the whole thing.