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|Elmo Kennedy O'Connor|
January 11, 1994|
Howell, Michigan, United States
Howell, Michigan, United States |
Los Angeles, California
Very influential to hip-hop's underground scene due to his experimental music which sampled emo, metal and indie rock, he has influenced artists such as Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, O'Connor helped pioneer a sub-genre of hip-hop often referred to as "emo rap" and is often outspoken about his resistance and dislike for record labels despite his significant popularity and label interest.
Elmo Kennedy O'Connor was born in Marin County, California to a mother who designed clothing and a father who was a web designer. His grandfather was actor Robert Culp. His family lived in Muir Beach, California, before moving to New York City. When O'Connor was 7 years old, his family moved to Howell, Michigan. O'Connor has also lived in Minnesota for two years when he was thirteen where he met members of his future collective Seshollowaterboyz on the internet.
When he was 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles where his brother, Elliott, had already been living. Despite leaving his parents' home in Howell at 16, O'Connor spoke positively of them, stating, "If I tried to write a book about, 'oh, what would be dream parents?', I couldn't even make anything better than them. All they do is shower me in love. Unconditional love, forever." He described Howell as a "mundane" place where its residents are "born and they die there" though he calls it home.
O'Connor originally started releasing music in 2010 at age 16 under the name Th@ Kid. After moving to Los Angeles to live with his brother Elliott, O'Connor was able to connect with other artists he met online including Raider Klan member Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis and Eddy Baker who all met on the internet when O'Connor was 13 years old. He later officially changed his stage name to Bones in late 2012.
O'Connor's first mixtape as Bones was released on July 4, 2012 titled Bones, eventually releasing twelve more mixtapes before gaining mainstream major recognition for his mixtape TeenWitch which gained controversy for its theme based around the Columbine High School Massacre. The mixtape following TeenWitch, titled Garbage was released on June 9, 2014 and caught the attention of TheNeedleDrop, Complex, Fader who labelled the mixtape as "massive" and "boundary-pushing."
O'Connor uploaded several mixtapes in 2015 and headlined his first sold out show at House of Blues on March 4, 2015 before opening for electronic artist Shlohmo at The Fonda Theatre. O'Connor was later featured on ASAP Rocky's "Canal St." which was a remix of O'Connor's song "Dirt." The song later became O'Connor's first feature on a Billboard chart. 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.
O'Connor has released 10 mixtapes between 2015 and 2017 and on January 19, 2018, O'Connor performed in KOKO, London, thus starting his first ever European tour, called the Deadboy Tour. It took him to countries such as Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Italy.
O'Connor is one of the four members in the collective Seshollowaterboyz, which consists of himself, and former Raider Klan members Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis, and Eddy Baker, whom he often performs and collaborates with. He has also released music with fellow TeamSesh member and producer Greaf, under the names Surrenderdorothy and Oregontrail.
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 O'Connor wasn't interested in being remade."
Genre-wise, O'Connor often says he has no genre though has been characterized as cloud rap, experimental hip-hop and "sad rap" which later became known as emo rap which O'Connor is a pioneer of. O'Connor's earlier music is a lot more futuristic (and is often compared to SpaceGhostPurpp's) than his current music, which is very acoustic guitar centric due to producer Greaf which spawned a notable style which influenced artists such as Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. O'Connors vocal style is often compared to grunge singing with screaming over dark trap beats with his flow described as sounding like a "rapper out of Memphis in the 90's."
O'Connor's influences are 90's southern rappers, Lil Wayne, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind and Fire, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell.
Over the years of his music career, O'Connor has developed a large fanbase where he helped underground hip hop develop into new styles and has been noted as "one of the greatest underground artists".
|"Slaughta"||2012||Yung Gutted||Internet Graveyard Vol. One|
|"Everything"||2013||Mr. Sisco||Smoke Mix '94|
|"Living in '93"||Grandmilly||Bandanaz II|
|"Graveyard Shift"||Roy, Wierdough||Beachside Goon|
|"Gold Mine"||J.K. the Reaper, Speakz||Ill Life II: Chapter 4|
|"We OD"||Chris Travis||Stay Pure|
|"Coke White Caddy" (Remix)||Mufflucid||Brooklyn Homicide|
|"Scream Out My Name"||Dylan Ross||The Castle of Depression|
|"Abandoned House"||Drew the Architect||Empathy|
|"Death Note"||2014||Wavy Jones||Blunt Ashes|
|"Black Sails"||Eddy Baker, Xavier Wulf||Bad Guy|
|"Samurai"||Smug Mang, Xavier Wulf||Smug God|
|"Sherilyn Fentanyl"||Dylan Ross||The Relic|
|"Maple Syrup"||Suicideboys||Kill Yourself Part I: The Suicide Saga|
|"Risks"||P2 the Gold Mask, Chris Travis||Water Talk|
|"If Everything Was Just Make Believe"||Drip-133||Girl and Boy|
|"Waking Up Crying"||2015||Jonny Telafone||Romeo Must Cry|
|"Can You Trim Our Oak Trees"||Kodyak||Alpine|
|"It's Just a Few"||Cat Soup||Eutaxy|
|"Canal St."||ASAP Rocky||At. Long. Last. ASAP|
|"Last Step in the 1st Place"||Xavier Wulf||The Local Man|
|"Stalepacks"||Drew the Architect||Vacive|
|"We Up"||Chris Travis||The Ruined|
|"You Are Missing the Point"||Drew the Architect||lèiyll|
|"Particles"||Drew the Architect, Vegard Veslelia||Sliten|
|"In Between Mahogany"||Drip-133, Falls, Sosi||In Between Mahogany|
|"Keep Me Okay"||Drew the Architect, Grayera||Ayviuòn|
|"Last Time I Checked"||2017||Riff Raff, DJ Afterthought||Aquaberry Aquarius|
|"Dough"||Eddy Baker, Mexiko Dro||Hierba Y Dinero EP|
|"Night Ride"||Rico S'nchez, Skyhook||Skyrich|
|"Everything You Said"||Chris Travis||Forgive Me|
|"Everything is Magick"||Drew the Architect, Ice Watch, Migu||Shade Handed Me|
|"Kate Morgan"||Max P||Diamonds Dubs & Designer|
|"What If This Is the End"||Curtis Heron||The Answer|
|"Unscathed"||2018||Xavier Wulf||Greatest Hits, Pt. 1|
|"Did You Hear the Roads Are Closed"|
|"Chaos Castle"||2018||Xavier Wulf, Eddy Baker, Chris Travis||East Memphis Maniac|