Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24, 1994), better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American hip hop recording artist and music producer from Los Angeles, California. He rose to prominence as a member of West Coast hip hop collective Odd Future. Earl gained recognition and critical praise for his mixtape Earl (2010). Following its release, his mother sent him to a boarding school in Samoa until his eighteenth birthday, and he was not able to produce music for the next two years. After returning to Los Angeles in 2012, Earl released his debut studio album, Doris, in August 2013. His second album, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt followed in 2015. Both received widespread critical acclaim.