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6 Things To Remember From Earl Sweatshirt's NYT Interview

What do you get when you have a mother who is a UCLA law professor and a father who is a South African poet that chops it up with Mandela? Apparently you get a troubled teen rapper whose imagery in his lyrics can leave even the insane puzzled.

Feast your eyes on the long lost, newly found Odd Future calamity, Earl Sweatshirt. Recently Sweatshirt sat down with The New York Times for the most in-depth interview since his re-emergence. Sweatshirt brings us into his personal life struggles with his mother and finally reveals why he’s been gone for so long. We at VIBE understand our loyal readers are busy, so we wrapped it up with the top 6 Things we learned from Earl Sweatshirts interview.

1. Earl Sweatshirt’s real name is Thebe Kyositile.

Like his friend and Odd Future co-founder Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt is half African. Thebe Kyositile, the lesser-known name of the missing-in-action rapper, is of South African descent. Tyler’s last name is Okonma, which is Nigerian.

2. His mother is a UCLA law professsor and his father is an activist and South African poet, Keorapetse Kyositile.

Apparently Mr. Sweatshirt comes from a background of distinction. His mother, Cheryl Harris is a professor of law at UCLA and a specialist in Civil Rights law (we Googled that last part). Earl’s father, who is now 73 years old, is a South African activist and was a member of the African National Congress. He is also a prominent Black poet. Who knew?

3. Sweatshirt engaged in a plethora of activities while away at Samoa‘s Coral Reef Academy. Including writing rhymes.

From earning a scuba license to swimming with whales, Earl was quite engaged during his time away. Though he got in trouble for sneaking on the Internet, he was also engaged in learning the piano and watching every episode of “The Mentalist.” He even wrote his verse for “Oldie” from The OF Tape Vol. 2 during his stay, before he knew he would ever record it

4. His work as a volunteer for sexual abuse victims helped censor his lyrics.

Before Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt’s album Earl was premised with the phrase: “Lyrics About Rape, Coke, And Couches Will Be Blaring In Your Ears.” Once he started volunteering at the Samoa Victim Support Group, he changed his tune a bit. “There’s nothing that you can — there’s no — you can’t evade the — there’s no defense for like — if you have any ounce of humanity,” he said in the interview regarding cleaning up his lyrics.

5. Sweatshirt has separate management from the rest of Odd Future, as well as a separate record deal.

Earl turned down large advances to ink a deal that would include his membership in Odd Future. With his own imprint to be distributed on Columbia Records, he made sure that he would be able to include the Odd Future logo on his upcoming projects. Looks like its loyalty over money for Mr. Sweatshirt.

6. He is still working on his relationship with his mother.

Like most teenager-parent relationships, some wrinkles of rebellion and misunderstanding may need to be ironed out. After getting much flack for sending her son to Samoa, Professor Harris is still repairing her relationship with Earl. The two are in therapy sessions. “I don’t spend as much time at home as I necessarily should be,” he told The Times. “I know I’m not as considerate as I should be.” Apparently they’ve still go work to do.

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Future, Chief Keef, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

As the first month of 2019 winds down, a handful of hip-hop artists dropped new projects and singles. From Future to Chief Keef and Logic, we've compiled a list of Friday music releases you should be listening to.

Check out the full list below.

Future – The WZRD

Future's latest project The WZRD is finally here. The 20-track album features guest appearances from Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Gunna. It also serves as his seventh studio album.

Ahead of the album's release, Future dropped a documentary, entitled Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd, which previewed the LP and discussed his views and artistry. It also included commentary from Andre 3000, DJ Khaled, Rico Wade, Metro Boomin, Southside and others.

Chief Keef – The Leek 7

Chief Keef has delivered the seventh installment of The Leek series with  The Leek, Vol. 7. The 12-song project features only one feature from Gucci Mane on the single "Jet Li."

Listen to The Leek 7 below.

Logic – "Keanu Reeves"

Logic is paying his respects to actor Keanu Reeves in his latest single. The Maryland artist dropped the track nearly nine months after he debuted it during the Movin' On Festival at Penn State University.

"Did you know I'm mixed like Obama?/It ain't a project if Logic ain't talkin' 'bout being biracial," he brags  on the track. "When them soccer moms pull up in they van while I rid/Like, ‘Oh my God, children, it's the 1-800 guy!"

Listen to the new song below.

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Meek Mill Once Used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" Lyrics In Love Letters From Jail

Who knew Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous 2008 hit “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” once served as a romantic catalyst for Meek Mill? The Philadelphia rapper recently admitted on Twitter that while he was incarcerated in his youth, he used the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s schmaltzy love note within letters and phone calls to girls.

This was my favorite song when I was in jail back in the day calling girls collect.... and I used to his bars in the letters I wrote them no cap lol 😂😂😂 #bigdraco

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 16, 2019

Amid Meek’s cheeky co-sign, Soulja Boy has been one of the Internet’s favorite topics of discussion since his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old rapper spoke about his legacy in hip-hop and why he deserves more credit than he’s been given for his influence. He also had some choice words for Kanye West when he said the latter is old and "lame."

"I'm younger than you," he began. "I'm flyer than you, ni**a. Whatever. You crying on Twitter every week about Drake? You gotta stop that sh*t, bro. You look lame, bro. You look cap, bro...You up here supporting Trump and sh*t, bro. You supporting Trump? What the f**k wrong with you, bro? That sh*t's not right."

Other artists in the industry also chimed in on the situation:

I’m Not Going To Lie Soulja Boy Been Funny As Fuck

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 17, 2019

The internet crazy , Soulja boy reinvented himself 🤦🏾‍♂️

— zoey dollaz (@ZoeyDollaz) January 17, 2019

Soulja Boy is a legend

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 16, 2019


— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) January 16, 2019

For nostalgia's sake, listen to "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" below.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.


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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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