Earl Sweatshirt Reacts To The Death Of His Poet Laureate Father
The Odd Future alum took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the great support.
Earl Sweatshirt's father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, died Wednesday (January 3), according to the south african news SABC. The famous poet laureate was 79.
The Odd Future alum (real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) took to Twitter on Thursday (4 January) to express their gratitude for the support that he had received the news spread.
"thanks to yall for your thoughts and love," he wrote. The tweet was, along with a photo of his father and one of his poems.
thanks yall for your thoughts and love pic.twitter.com/qhualj0fjL
— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 4, 2018
Kgositsile's relationship with the Odd Future alum's complicated, something's Sweatshirt is addressed in songs such as Odd Future's "Blade" and "Grown Ups" of the Sweatshirt's 2015 solo album, I don't Like this Shit, I'm not going Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt.
In a 2011 interview with The New Yorker, Sweatshirt's father admitted that he had never heard of his son, is the music.
"When you feel like you have something to share with me, that is going to do that," Kgositsile said. "And until then I'm not going to impose myself on him just because the world talks of him."
"Frantz Fanon said that each generation must find its own mission", he added. "If he is part of those who have found their mission, then I'm very happy."
Before his death, Kgositsile wrote a poem for the 23-year-old son called, "Random Notes To My Son." A snippet can be found below.
Beware, my son, the words
that lead volumes
of blind desire also carry
the slime of illusion
dripping like pus from the slave's battered back
for example, they speak of black power whose eyes
not threaten the quick whitening of their own intent,
what days will you inherit?
what shadows inhabit your silences?
Read "Random Notes To My Son" Keorapetse Kgositsile in its entirety in the Genius.