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The low-down: Real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, Earl was discovered via Myspace by Odd Future’s ring-leader Tyler the Creator, and is known to be the group’s most mysterious member.


The verdict: One can’t help but want to know more about this gifted young MC whose absence from the fold was felt when he was shipped off to study at a school in Samoa for emotionally troubled youth. Last December he was nominated to

be in the the running for XXL’s 2012 Freshmen List. In addition, collaborations with names like Flying Lotus, Frank Ocean and MF Doom are enough to show the kid has a lot to offer.


The take-away: Watch the just-released video for Chum (produced by Chi-town/Naija production duo Christian Rich) in which Earl talks about his father, South African poet and political activist Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile.


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