Earl Sweatshirt Gets Own Imprint via Sony

BY Gregory AdamsPublished May 2, 2012

Now that he's back from boarding school, Odd Future favourite Earl Sweatshirt has a lot of catching up to do. But while his group currently issues tunes through their Odd Future Records label, the young rapper will start spreading songs on his own through a new Sony-backed imprint called Tan Cressida.

A feature form the New York Times [via Pitchfork] explains that Earl's new label will be distributed through Columbia (Odd Future Records is distributed through Sony imprint RED), and the deal was tailored so that he could still put the Odd Future logo on his albums.

"I want it to look seamless," Earl said. Apparently, the spitter turned down lucrative offers and big advances in order to work this way.

Three albums are currently in the works for Tan Cressida. While timelines have not been given for any of the albums, Earl will eventually issue a solo LP, a collaboration with the Internet producer Matt Martians, and a team-up LP with best bud Tyler, the Creator called EarlWolf.

Earl's new rhymes will apparently be less hardcore than previous tracks like "Earl," which discussed how the kid's got "butts to fuck and ups to shut / And sluts to fuckin' uppercut." The change in tone comes from some community service work the rapper did at a centre for sexual abuse survivors while he was at Coral Reef Academy in Samoa.  

"That was a pivotal moment," he told the Times, later adding that you can't write those kind of rhymes "if you have any ounce of humanity."

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