Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2012)
Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2012)

No. 9: Earl Sweatshirt

Birthdate: February 24, 1994 (Age 18)

Why He's Hot: Shortly after returning from Samoa's Coral Reef Academy in February, Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt hit the ground running. This year, the rapper announced his partnership with Columbia Records for his own imprint, Tan Cressida, and the follow-up to his first album, "Earl." Earl's LP will feature guest appearances by Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Alchemist, The Neptunes, and Domo Genesis, among others, and follow a flashy guest spot on Ocean's "Channel Orange" highlight "Super Rich Kids." The rapper's sole focus for his album is growing as an artist, even if it means losing fans. "Thats what matters. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that you can hear the progression." Needless to say, we can't wait to watch Earl's upcoming moves.

Video Below: Odd Future's "Oldie," watch for Earl Sweatshirt's key verses at 7:05

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