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February 13, 2012  | by: Emily Simpson

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt dropped off the map in 2011.

When West Coast-based skate-punk hip-hop collective Odd Future rose to new heights of fame in 2011, most people were talking about head honcho Tyler, The Creator. Known for his antics both onstage and off, Tyler captured the attention of the press and the public alike. And then Earl Sweatshirt disappeared.

Well, okay, his mom sent him to a camp for “wayward youth” (read: military school) in Samoa because she wasn’t too thrilled about her seventeen year-old son rapping things along the lines of, “her body is a temple, I don’t give a f*ck, I’m atheist.” But Earl has finally made his comeback, announcing his triumphant return with a single word on his Twitter account – home. Which is, appropriately enough, the title of his newly released track.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCMWE3AsHe8]

Earl sounds as hungry and as inspired as ever, furthering his reputation as a preternaturally talented rapper over a combination of warm synth tones and a bit of hi-hat. It’s slightly less confrontational than his previous efforts, more of a reestablishment of presence on the scene than an outright challenge to any aspect of society. His rhymes are confident and practiced, delivered with the smooth ease of someone who’s been around the block once and is more than ready to go again.

The track ends with a statement so brief and to-the-point that it’s brilliant in its simplicity – “and I’m back.” Welcome home, Earl.

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