Earl Sweatshirt signs solo deal + plans album with Tyler, The Creator | Music News

It’s nearing three months since Earl Sweatshirt‘s return to US soil, and with only the solo track “Home” and a verse – a dope one at that – on his Odd Future collective’s “Oldie“, the aftermath to the whole “Free Earl” event has been pretty anti-climactic. You’d be right in thinking his minimal output has allowed the 18-year-old emcee to orchestrate some impressive power moves, though.

Sitting down with Jon Caramanica of the NY Times recently, Earl finally broke his silence on his career plans, revealing a solo record deal with Columbia Records, under which he has established his own imprint called Tan Cressida. It may come as a surprise that the teen rapper didn’t partner with Odd Future Records, but the deal does put him in company alongside his Golf Wang family in the Sony system – his main priority when shopping for a label home (Earl reportedly turned down much larger advances to make that happen).

Mr. Sweatshirt also announced his plans for the music side of things. He revealed he’s working on a solo major-label debut album, a joint project with producer Matt Martians (of The Internet sub-group) and EarlWolf, the long-overdue collaboration with his best friend Tyler, The Creator – a concept that has had the OFWGKTA fanbase salivating since the pair released “Orange Juice” (a lyrical rendition of Gucci Mane‘s “Lemonade”) in 2011 under the moniker.

In addition to the juicy details, Caramanica’s profile also explored the intriguing life events of Earl Sweatshirt, chronicling his time in Samoa (with his Mother explaining why she sent him away), his adjustment to his newfound fame, longtime friendships and why he’ll never rap about rape again.

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