1. 5. Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2013)

    September 25, 2013 11:56 AM EDT Last Year's Rank: 9 Birthdate: February 24, 1994 (Age 19) Why He's Hot: After returning from his Samoa-based boarding school in February 2012, Earl Sweatshirt hit the ground running. Within one year of his return, the L.A.-based rapper laced his sophomore album, "Doris,"…

  2. Earl Sweatshirt, 'Doris': Track-By-Track Review

    August 20, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Odd Future's empire thrives off lifestyle. (The crew carries their apparel  while on tour while hard copies of their music stand as a checkout line item in their stores.) Not beholden to radio (with notable yet light chart success), Odd Future has creative freedom when curating. What…

  3. Earl Sweatshirt: 'Doris' Album Preview

    January 25, 2013 7:46 PM EST Earl Sweatshirt Title: "Doris" | Release Date: TBD Earl Sweatshirt slowly has been returning to the spotlight. As his group Odd Future rose to stardom, the methodical rapper stood out from his brethren with 2010’s “Earl,” a free release that garnered critical acclaim. But soon after…

  4. Earl Sweatshirt Announces 'Doris,' Debuts 'Chum' Video: Watch

    December 04, 2012 8:42 PM EST Earl Sweatshirt 's major label debut will be dubbed "Doris." The Odd Future MC's next project has been anticipated since he made his return to the public eye in February, releasing the track "Home" to celebrate his return to Los Angeles after months at the Coral…

  5. Earl Sweatshirt: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 6:17 PM EDT 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…

  6. Odd Future's 'Loiter Squad' Returning for Season 2

    May 17, 2012 9:56 PM EDT Odd Future 's television team effort is coming back for a second season. Adult Swim has renewed the hip-hop collective's prank-driven live-action show, "Loiter Squad," according to Pitchfork . The sketch comedy premiered in March and has aired eight 15-minute episodes. Its…

  7. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Planning Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the New York Times , the MC will have his own…

  8. Earl Sweatshirt Returns, Drops New Song 'Home': Listen

    February 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST After over a year of "Free Earl" chants and exhaustive speculations and investigative reports -- via Facebook stalking and family commentary -- OFWGKTA' s Earl Sweatshirt has returned. Not only is he back, but he released a new song "Home" for the occasion. And, no,…

  9. Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt Free at Last?

    February 08, 2012 9:02 PM EST Earl Sweatshirt seems to be free at last. Chants of "free Earl!" accompanied much of the early buzz and mystique surrounding Odd Future , the Los Angeles hip-hop collective that broke big in 2011. The teenage MC, whose "Earl" video became a viral hit, disappeared as the…

  10. Billboard Bits: Carlos Santana Slams New Immigration Law, Britney Spears Covers Harper's Bazaar

    May 16, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carlos Santana Slams Georgia for New Immigration Law Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws. Santana…

  11. Billboard Bits: Pauly D Up For Three-Record Deal with 50 Cent, Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt Discovered

    April 15, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pauly D In Talks With 50 Cent For Three-Album Deal "Jersey Shore" cast member DJ Pauly D is currently in talks with 50 cent, who wants to sign him to his label G-Unit for a three-album deal. According to…