Rapper Earl Sweatshirt made his live debut with his Odd Future cohorts at Wednesday night’s sold out Hammerstein Ballroom concert in New York, confirming rumors that had been circulating in the days before. The concert marked his first public appearance since returning from a reform boarding school in Samoa, where he’d spent the last year disconnected from Odd Future’s ascent.
“Y’all better act like y’all missed me,” Earl shouted to the crowd before launching into “Orange Juice” and “AssMilk,” fan-favorite collaborations with group founder Tyler, the Creator. The surprise performance came on the heels of Earl’s appearance in the music video for Odd Future’s latest single, “Oldie,” as well as an interview with New York radio station Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, his first since returning. “We waited so long for that shit,” Tyler added from the stage. “You have no idea how awesome this is.”
You can watch Sweatshirt perform a nine-minute rendition of the new track “Oldie” on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom below.