PICS: Earl Sweatshirt at SOMA

Earl Sweatshirt busted out more than just 'some rap songs' at SOMA -- the all-ages, Midway-district venue located next to Sports Arena -- and promptly blew the minds of everyone there.

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Born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, the reclusive LA-based rapper made a rare San Diego appearance on Saturday, April 27.
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As one of the last dates of his "Fire It Up!" tour, Earl's SOMA show was his first in town in years.
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Thankfully, if you missed him in April, he'll be back in town on June 26 opening for Anderson .Paak at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.
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During his SOMA show, he performed the majority of his latest full-length studio album, 2018's excellent "Some Rap Songs."
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Earl rose to fame about a decade ago, while a member of the Odd Future hip-hop collective -- which also featured Tyler, the Creator; Frank Ocean; and others.
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Fun fact: Initially, Earl Sweatshirt's moniker was "Sly Tendencies" and he was part of a rap trio called the Backpackerz.
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In 2010, he released his debut mixtape "Earl," when was only 16 years old. Shortly after its release, his mother sent him to a Samoa boarding school for at-risk teens for a year and a half. The resulting hiatus spawned a phrase his fans would use extensively online: "Free Earl!"
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After a number of collaborations in 2012, he released his debut studio album later that year titled "Doris." It received universal acclaim from critics and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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In 2015, Kgositsile released his sophomore album "I Don't Like S---, I Don't Go Outside." Three years later, he followed it up with "Some Rap Songs" -- an album that addressed the death of his father, South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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For those in attendance at SOMA, Earl's performance was nothing short of unforgettable. And for those who weren't, hopefully these photos will tide you over until his upcoming June show at SDSU.
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