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When Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective Odd Future antagonized its way to success in early 2011, one of its most gifted members was missing in action. Teenage lyricist Earl Sweatshirt had been remanded to a Samoan boarding school by his mother. Meanwhile, his 2010 debut, Earl, was blowing up in his absence. Upon his return to the U.S., Earl delivered a show-stealing, albeit monotoned, appearance on the Odd Future posse cut “Oldie,” as well as a verse on Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean’s Grammy-award winning album, Channel Orange. This set the stage for the release of his major-label debut, Doris, a critical hit and featured production and appearances from big-timers like RZA and The Neptunes. The young rapper flexes a lyrical dexterity that sounds like Eminem without the theatrics, and he flips syllables with such proficiency that his verses require multiple listens. Tonight, Earl—still shy of 20—will show the 9:30 Club crowd why he’s arguably Odd Future’s most talented member, monotone and all. Earl Sweatshirt performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.