Elmo Kennedy O'Connor, known professionally as Bones, is an American rapper from Muir Beach, California. He is notable for the frenetic pace at which he releases new music, including over 40 mixtapes and 70 music videos since 2011, and his resistance to signing with a major record label or charging money for his music despite significant popularity and label interest.
Life and career
Elmo Kennedy O'Connor was born to a mother who designed clothing and a father who was a web designer. His grandfather was actor Robert Culp. When Bones was 7 years old, his family moved to Howell, Michigan. When he was 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles where his brother, Elliot O'Connor, had already been living.
He has collaborated on three tracks with Raider Klan member Eddy Baker, including “High”, “Delinquents”, and “PayPal” off of Bones' albums Saturn (2013), Creep (2013), and Garbage (2014). Bones also performs and collaborates often with Xavier Wulf and another former Raider Klan member Chris Travis.
In 2014, Bones self-released 5 mixtapes through his label TeamSESH, including Garbage, which received coverage and critical acclaim from notable publications including The Fader, Pigeons & Planes, and RESPECT.
Major label interest
Bones and his manager Elliott O’Connor, who is also his brother, have both stated that major labels have shown interest in signing him, but he has declined up to this point. According to Max Bell of LA Weekly, "interested labels wanted him to be their 'white rapper,' an artist along the lines of Mac Miller and Machine Gun Kelly. But Bones wasn't interested in being remade.” In addition, Bones said he will never force his fans to by his music. His reasoning is that he never bought music in his life, so he sees it as illogical to make his fans do the same.
Bones has been compared to Yung Lean who is known for his cloud rap style in which the beats are ethereal and rappers are emotional and sincere, rather than "completely macho." However, Bones has been described as "not a cloud rapper", as having his own very personal style.
- Caves (2013) with Xavier Wulf
- SeaBeds (2014) with Chris Travis
- SoThereWeStood (2015)
- YouShouldHaveSeenYourFace (2015)
- HateToBreakItToYou (2015) with Drip-133
- Frayed (2015)
- Slán (2016) with Cat Soup & Drew the Architect