Estranged rapper rejoins group onstage in New York

Odd Future‘s Earl Sweatshirt rejoined the band onstage last night (March 20) in New York.

The estranged rapper, who until recently had been living at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa, made the surprise appearance at the group’s gig at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

All main members of Odd Future were present at the gig, including Frank Ocean and Hodgy Beats, who introduced Earl to the stage by playing his track ‘Tang Golf’, which includes the line “Free Earl from the Samoans”.

Earl performed a number of tracks taken from various Odd Future mixtapes, including ‘Orange Juice’, ‘Assmilk’ and ‘Kill’. Following the band’s usual set-closer, ‘Radical’, the beat for his eponymous track ‘Earl’ dropped and Sweatshirt rapped the song that first showcased his talents.

An overwhelmed Tyler The Creator told the crowd: “We waited so long for that shit. You have no idea how awesome this is.” A video of the performance has emerged online, which you can see by scrolling down the page and clicking. A screenshot from the video, showing Earl onstage with Odd Future, is on the right.

Earl’s debut live show with Odd Future comes a week after the rapper released new song, ‘Oldie’. Shortly after the track appeared online, Earl Sweatshirt took to his Twitter account to hit out at those suggesting his contribution was “old”.

He replied: “If you think my oldie verse is an old verse, you’re stupid.” It also looks like Earl is currently working on new material, after tweeting that he had “slept for roughly 6 hours over the last 4 days”.

Last month, Santigold confirmed she was planning on collaborating with Earl Sweatshirt on a new track.