September 30, 2013 |
At Texas, losing the support of Earl Campbell might be akin to cake losing the support of frosting. A day after USC fired Lane Kiffin, though, one of the most beloved players in Texas history has called for the ouster of Coach Mack Brown. Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, told KRIV-TV in Houston he thought Brown should step down or be forced out. "Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen," Campbell said, according to the Fox affiliate. "I'd go on record and say yes, I think it's time.
August 29, 2013 |
On Wednesday night, everyone who went to see Earl Sweatshirt perform at the El Rey Theatre got a free cartoon-y mask of the rapper's visage. It was for a photo shoot -- a sea of Earls staring back at the El Rey stage. But a lot of people kept them on throughout the night, and there was something kind of appropriate about that. For a long time, as his Odd Future cohorts rose to cultish prominence in L.A., there wasn't much Earl to go around (the teenager born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile was, famously, at a boarding school in Samoa)
August 19, 2013 |
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now. I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting "Molasses," a dubby, reggae-rolling jam co-produced by RZA and Christian Rich, sonic humble-bragging my way through L.A. I know the nooks and crannies of this baby - Earl rapping "new patterns, paddy-caking with...
August 16, 2013 |
When Earl Sweatshirt's new album, "Doris," is released Tuesday, fans will note the presence of the L.A.-based production team Christian Rich on four tracks. In addition to the first single, “Chum,” the pair -- twin brothers Tai and Kehinde Hassan -- played key roles in the production of the strange and magnetic tracks “Centurion” and “Knight,” as well as the RZA-co-produced “Molasses.” The brothers have been on a roll of late, having produced "Sparks Will Fly" for J. Cole's breakout album "Born Sinner," and two others for Chris Brown's forthcoming full length release.
August 14, 2013 |
If the torrent of anticipation surrounding Earl Sweatshirt's album "Doris" isn't sufficient for you, now the much-touted Odd Future rapper has something else for you to look forward to -- a free L.A. show. The MC has announced a free set at the El Rey Theatre on Aug. 28. But you're going to have to work to get in. Tickets are only available to fans who buy copies of "Doris" from the official Odd Future Wolf Gang store (at 410 N. Fairfax Ave. in Mid-City) starting Aug. 20. One album purchase gets one free ticket, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The gig is Earl's only scheduled show in L.A. at the moment.
August 12, 2013 |
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote in a recent profile , Earl Sweatshirt is building a complicated relationship with fame -- even as his upcoming major-label debut promises (or threatens) to bring it closer. The L.A.-based rapper -- part of the Odd Future collective that's also given us Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator -- takes a hard look at that relationship in his song "Burgundy," which he performed Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. " "My grandma's passing, but I'm too busy trying to get this stinking album cracking to see her," he raps over the Roots' instrumental backing, "My priorities messed up, I know it / I'm afraid I'm gonna blow it. " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times If that weren't clear enough, notice that he spends the first third of the three-minute performance offstage (and the rest of it nearly swallowed up by his oversized hoodie)