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Bones (rapper)

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Elmo Kennedy O'Connor,[3] known professionally as Bones, is an American rapper from Muir Beach, California.[4] He is notable for the frenetic pace at which he releases new music, including over 40 mixtapes[5][6] 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.[4][7]

Life and career

Personal life

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.[4]

Musical career

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GIF from Bones' interview with the Masked Gorilla

Bones was originally inspired to make music after listening to Marvin Gaye and started recording songs when he was 7-years-old on his dad's MAC computer.[27]

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.[8]

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.[9][2][2]

Bones headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on March 4, 2015.[2][2][2] and opened for Shlohmo at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 7, 2015.[2]

The hook from Bones' song "Dirt" was featured in ASAP Rocky's "Canal St." on the 2015 At. Long. Last. ASAP album.[2][2]

On September 17, 2015, Bones performed "Canal St." with ASAP Rocky on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, but was cut from the TV broadcast. Videos of the performance were made available online. [2][2]

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.”[4] 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.[27]

Musical style

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.[7][8]

Discography

Albums

As "Th@ Kid"
  • Cousin Eddie (2010)
  • Stifler (2011)
  • Strictly for the Ratz (2011)
  • Dreamcatcher. (2011)
  • Ratboy (2011)
  • The Good Ratz (2011)
  • Knucklehead (2011)
  • Team Sesh (2011)
  • AttaBoy (2011)
  • Stay Golden (2011)
  • RatLyfe (2011)
  • Holy Smokes (2011)
  • ADayAtTheGetty (2011)
  • Midnight: 12 AM (2011)
  • Howell (2011)
  • Locals Only (2011)
  • YoungDumbFuck (2012)
  • Foolsgold (2012)
  • WhiteRapper (2012)
  • TypicalRapShit (2012)
  • BlackNWhite (2012) with Grandmilly
As "Bones"
  • Bones (2012)
  • 1MillionBlunts (2012)
  • LivingLegend (2013)
  • Saturn (2013)
  • Teenager (2013)
  • ダサい (2013) with Xavier Wulf
  • Creep (2013)
  • Scumbag (2013)
  • Cracker (2013)
  • PaidProgramming (2013)
  • UndergroundGods (2013) with Nasty Matt
  • DeadBoy (2014)
  • TeenWitch (2014)
  • Garbage (2014)
  • Skinny (2014)
  • Rotten (2014)
  • SongsThatRemindYouOfHome (2015) with Dylan Ross
  • Powder (2015)
  • Banshee (2015)
  • HermitOfEastGrandRiver (2015)
  • Useless (2016)
  • PaidProgramming2 (2016)
As "surrenderdorothy" (with Greaf)
  • "itsthelastwecando" (2014)
  • "nobodywantsme" (2014)
  • "weneveraskedforthis" (2014)
  • "thedoobiechronichles" (2016)
  • "jeffreyisourgod" (2018)
  • "DavidsFatJuicyNipplesAllOverMyFace" (2001)

Extended plays

  • 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



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