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|Elmo Kennedy O'Connor|
January 11, 1994 |
Muir Beach, California, United States
|Origin||Howell, Michigan, United States|
Elmo Kennedy O'Connor (born January 11, 1994), known professionally as Bones (sometimes stylized as BONES), is an American rapper from Howell, Michigan. He is notable for the frenetic pace at which he releases new music, including 56 mixtapes and 100 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.
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. 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".
O'Connor originally started releasing music in 2010 at age 16 under the name Th@ Kid. He later officially changed his stage name to Bones in late 2012.
Bones 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.
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.
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."
Bones is known for his unique style in which the beats are ethereal and rappers are emotional and sincere. However, Bones has been described as "not a cloud rapper", as having his own very personal style, hence why when his music is downloaded, the genre in the files is "Sesh", implying his style is his own unique genre of music. Bones has mixed different styles of rap music to his songs, he has made dark-tone/heavy metal as well as futuristic-influenced rap music; however he claims that all his songs are just one genre.
Over the years of his music career, Bones 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|