Odd Future Rep Questions Earl’s Statements

Odd Future fans were blown away yesterday (May 16), when one of the group’s most gifted and mysterious members, Earl Sweatshirt, broke his silence in an email to The New Yorker, surprisingly asking supporters to cease their “Free Earl” campaign. Heathcliff Berru, the group’s longtime publicist, told XXLMag.com that he doesn’t believe the comments actually came from the OFWGKTA lyricist, but instead were written by the 17-year-old rapper’s mother.

“With them on tour [Odd Future] don’t want to talk about it,” he told XXL, “but it makes me wonder if that was Earl speaking or his mother speaking on his behalf. [New Yorker scribe] Kelefa [Sanneh] never technically had direct communication with Earl. All I know is that doesn’t sound like Earl. My only thought is for his safe return.”

On Monday, The New Yorker posted comments made by Earl, via email, where he asked for fans to cease their “Free Earl’ campaign because he felt that it was disrespectful to his mother. As Sanneh reported in his story, the West Coast MC’s mom set up the correspondence.

“Please listen: I am not being held against my will,” he wrote. “Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed that they wanted me released because I thought that translated into ‘they care.’ 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…’ The only thing I need as of right now is space… Space means no more ‘Free Earl.’ If you sincerely care then I appreciate the gesture, but since you know the hard facts from the source you no longer need to worry. I miss home. I don’t have any definite date though. Even if I did I don’t know if I’d tell you. You’ll hear from me without a doubt when I’m ready.”

The elusive MC’s whereabouts where unknown until April, when Complex magazine reported that they located him at a school for troubled boys in Samoa.

Wolfgang leader Tyler, the Creator took to Twitter to briefly comment on Earl’s email. [Earl will] Be Back In Due Time,” he wrote. “Just Wait. Thats My Nigga, He Now Has A Home To Come Too. No Fucking Pressure. Hopefully Fans Respect That. And Respect His, His Moms And Familys Privacy. This Goes For Writers Too. Miss You Nigga, FREE THE EARLY MAN. The World Will Be Ours! OF” —Jesse Gissen

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  • that nigga

    Fuck Earl and Fuck Tyler!!!

    • http://Tumblr ashtonn . WOLF ‘

      yoo ‘ wtf ! #Pleasee never disrespect our set w.cannons hangingg from our nextss lke itsss a muthafucking circus ! Checkk your french .

    • T

      Agreed. I’m tired of this bullshit OF gimmick.

    • http://@thatnigga Ni

      yo you lame for that

    • FUCKthatnigga

      how bout u stab urself in the fucking throat you fucking faggot

  • joebox

    @that nigga

    Why you mad bro?

  • Diggz


  • http://none you know


    • your funny

      so you hate them cause they are atheists? your one shallow person.

      • z

        no we hate him because he is a nigger.

        • xc

          your a faggot

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/avenir Pimpin’

    free earl!
    Fuck his mom in the eye socket!

  • http://www.twitter.com/jaimecraig4l @jaimecraig4l

    Earl has to come back soon.
    all of you can hate.
    but you know you love his dirty ass raps.
    Word up to Odd Future,
    -jaime from the chiefs

  • Hatefags

    definitely written by his mom, awful journalistic integrity by complex. clearly bull- he is at a samoan retreat for troubled teens because he wants to and is concerned with the trajectory of his life? right, he must have been DEVASTATED when OF blew up on the scene- what a joke, fuck earl’s mom

    • hiphophead

      this recent article with earl talking through emails was published by the new yorker, not complex

  • bug

    these dudes fucking suck man fake as icp create your own style..hopefully this trend of odd future ends soon fucking garbage rap and we wonder why people say hip hop is dead cause of trash like this

    • your funny

      um icp, soulja boy, young money and about 97% of the shit thats on the radio is the reason that hip hop is dead and why do you hate Odd Future there a breath of fresh air for rap and hip hop?


    Best album of 2011.

    • hiphophead

      bastard > goblin
      goblin was boring as fuck, basically just another version of bastard except with even more synth and disclaimers as if we didn’t already think he wasn’t serious about rape n shii
      the OF 15 minutes are winding down
      except for frank ocean, dudes too talented not to be famous

      • Phil

        Hell yea! nostalgia, ULTRA is the shit!

  • swype-matic

    Wow, that dude Earl looks like a straight scrub

  • truegritty1

    sorry guys no chance that that was earl making that statement, ive been sent to one of those programs he is at, woke up in the middle of the night shackled and handcuffed and taken to montana to spring creek lodge academy for 11months until i turned 18 u dont get no freedom there i got a phone call to my moms every 2 months for 2 minutes and it was supervised the entire time, all mail sent is checked over and u can only mail to your parents theres no way he could have done a big interview with some reporter

  • Hip Hop Addict

    Man Fuck The Haters…. Fuck xxl………. fuck steve harvey, tyler perry, and bruno mars along with lil wayne, t-pain….. Free Earl !!!!………. Wolf gang!!!!!!….. they are not overrated…. i dont care if they they like or hate god…. i don’t think god is real…. just an idea…. a fairy tale….. odd future wolf gang kill them all they hate on the golf wang because they’re music sucks

  • jordan_a_titus@hotmail.com

    @swype-matic ever heard him rap though faggot?
    no body is on his level. kill yourself

  • a.n.i.

    Earl has crazy amounts of talent i wish more people could see that, the haters would change their minds if they just sat and listened to his shit. Hope he gets home soon. FREE EARL!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    I can’t see how anybody can hate on these dudes. they really spit and they stay tru to themselves.

    Ya, that email was fake. FEM.

  • purehatred

    Earl’s mom is an evil cunt because she actually wants her son to finish high school. If she was broke like bow wow, usher, & wayne’s momma she would’ve gave away her son. All the elitist critics are even more pathetic trying to legitmize OF’s handler’s, who just want to capitalize off their fame and not respect his family wishes.

    • swagg on life

      How the fuck are you going to say that shes trying to make sure her son has a future after odd future you act like thats a bad thing by being a good person your the dumbass who probally sits in his room alone crying and cutting himself cause your mom didnt care so now you bash on other people for doing right so they can end up like you
      THE END

  • Dom

    OF aren’t just Earl and tyler; their “15 minutes”, I have over 1Gb of them listen to mellowhype, domo genesis and mike G and make such a ridiculously crass statement.

  • Dom

    OF aren’t just Earl and tyler; their “15 minutes”, I have over 1Gb of them listen to mellowhype, domo genesis and mike G and then make such a ridiculously crass statement.

  • Jvke

    People shouldn’t need to comment. Theres nothing to comment on. Just think “oh, okay” and accept he will come back when he feels ready to. And think, you’re saying ‘ Fuck Earls mom’, I’m sure none of OF want their fans chanting that shit. Just support the music they’re releasing.

  • james rucker

    Cha Lo will make Earl better.. Earl is the future of our generation.