Earl Sweatshirt may not have been around for the ascent of Odd Future, but the once-exiled MC is now back in the OFWGKTA fold, and judging from his playful demeanor on Wednesday's (March 21) "RapFix Live," it doesn't seem as if he's missed a beat.
"It's been pretty crazy, watching them do them," Earl said about his hiatus from the OF crew while holding four different microphones.
While the group was busy breaking through, performing on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and winning Video Music Awards, Earl was attending the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa. Though his 2010 free Internet album Earl helped lay the groundwork for the crew's future success, the OF wunderkind was left on the outside looking in. There was even a "Free Earl" campaign that fans championed in the MC's absence.
"It was difficult processing through all of it 'cause it was a lot goin' on with it," he told "RapFix Live."
Though Earl returned home at the top of February, there was concern that he wouldn't be able to make an appearance on The OF Tape, Vol. 2, the album that the crew just released on Tuesday. He was, however, able to make a last-minute contribution to the album's closer, "Oldie." On the 10-minute posse cut, which features all members of the crew, Earl starts his verse spitting, "Look the contrast is a pair of lips/ Swallowing syrup and setting fire to sheriffs' whips."
In an off-the-cuff music video for the track, Earl is seen goofing off with the rest of the group, just in case there was any concern about how he would fit in. "Feels like home," he said on the set of "RapFix Live," where OFWGKTA laughed uncontrollably for almost an hour.
As far as what's next for Earl Sweatshirt: "I'ma do something hot," he said sarcastically.