Story of The Week: Earl Sweatshirt’s Coral Reef Academy friend says New Yorker story is false

A month after we posted a story that solved the mystery of Earl Sweatshirt’s whereabouts, the New Yorker published a similar story claiming to have had correspondence with Earl via emails relayed through his mother. Earl was quoted as saying, “I’m not being held against my will,” a statement that brought about immediate skepticism about the authenticity of the interview.

This week, in addition to doing some more investigating, we got on the phone with Tyler Craven—our main source in initially locating Earl. Tyler became friends with the Odd Future rapper when they both attended the Coral Reef Academy in Somoa.

After talking to Tyler, we found out he believed the New Yorker story was false and that Earl’s statements may have been coerced. In our conversation, we got him to shed light on what Coral Reef was really like and the extent of his friendship with Earl.

Song of The Week: Kreayshawn “Rich Whores”


In May, Kreayshawn made a splash with her viral hit “Gucci Gucci”, a song so popular it landed her a record deal with Sony Music. Now the Oakland-bred female emcee is back with her first release since singing to a major label. Boasting about the life of thrift store shopping and casual cocaine usage, we’re convinced Young Kray Kray’s got another banger on her hands.

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Video of The Week: Frank Ocean gets harassed by Chris Brown associates

After Chris Brown and Frank Ocean engaged in a Twitter argument over the weekend, this footage popped up on the Internet. In the clip, two guys claiming to be Chris Brown’s cousins started harassing Ocean while both parties were driving. After watching the video we feared that this beef might really get out of hand but luckily Breezy and OF's frontman Tyler, The Creator squashed the beef over Twitter.

Win of The Week / Fail of The Week


Bad Meets Evil—composed of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”—scored a huge win this week with their EP Hell: The Sequel as it became the number one selling album in the country. The duo sold 166,992 copies in it’s first week of release. Catch up on all the hype with the highlights from our very own Bad Meets Evil Week.

Taking the L this week was James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. Rosemond has been on the run from authorities for the past month but he was finally arrested in New York City Tuesday afternoon and charged with operating a cross-country drug ring. For a big time player, we don't get why Rosemond didn't just split from NY. Coincidentally, after being denied bail, Rosemond was booked in the same jail where Dexter Isaacwho accused Rosemond of being involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur—is being held in.

Tweet of The Week: Drake wants UMG to stop taking his music down from internet

Universal needs to stop taking my fucking songs down. I am doing this for the people not for your label.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Quote of The Week: Lil Wayne Says Tha Carter IV Might Be His Last Album
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I’m bowing out still on top. I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this bitch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Fuck!’ Yeah, nigga, I’m gone.

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Pic of The Week: Rick Ross tattoos Cazal on his face

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In Case You Missed It: The Best Complex Posts From The Week

Big Sean’s 25 Favorite Albums - The GOOD Music signee talks about his favorite albums from Kanye, Maroon 5, Rick Ross, and more.

The 25 Best Albums Of 2011 (So Far) - Halfway through the year, we take a look back at our favorite albums, mixtapes, and EPs.

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Diss Songs - We count down the greatest battle raps ever.

Number of The Week: How much will a new Max B verse cost you?

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On Wednesday, Max B announced that he will be selling his verses at a discount. In a phone-call recorded from prison, the rapper said, “I’m doing the three-verse special, $500 cash, I’m only doing this shit for a week, so if y’all tryna holla, y’all want to get in the game ‘cause y’all want the wave up, I’m working, I’m writing and I’m waving it up, man.” Yikes, times are hard. We’re not sure how many rappers jumped at the offer, but we’re pretty sure the old Max B would find selling discounted verses very un-wavy.