Album: BONES & grayera – Withered
Fresh Off an Unexpected Co-Sign From Justin Bieber, the Prolific Rap King Connects With TeamSESH Producer grayera For Confident New Project
“The Michigan-born rapper was one of the earliest and most influential artists to rise through the SoundCloud ranks in the early 2010s thanks to a truly unique aesthetic, an aura of mystery and a sound that would go on to be mimicked by his genre for years to come.” – HYPEBEAST
‘Already one of the most influential artists in rap and the SoundCloud underground, Bones shows no signs of slowing down.” – HYPEBEAST
“O’Connor’s short tracks, creepy videos, and one-word tweets rack up millions of social media interactions from a cult following that helped him sell out shows in 25 cities on a recent tour. The hip-hop elite is taking notice.” – The FADER
“Elmo Kennedy O’Connor was in pre-school when he became obsessed with the Southern artists of No Limit and Cash Money. Later in life, he would adopt the rap moniker Bones and amass a significant cult following. His gothic lyrical style, allergy to songs longer than two and a half minutes, and lo-fi visual aesthetic have convinced a quarter million people to subscribe to the SoundCloud page of his rap collective, TeamSESH.” – HotNewHipHop
He’s a veteran in the underground rap scene, but BONES has the restless energy and hard-hitting flow of an artist with something to prove. Affirming his rap royalty status, BONES shares Withered, his new project. Created in collaboration with producer grayera, a fellow TeamSESH member who has connected with BONES in the past for fan favorite, “LooseScrew” ft. Eddy Baker, Withered finds BONES alternating between laid-back yet emotional anthems and commanding, verbally blunt bangers. The seamless production from grayera pairs perfectly with each track’s lyrics and ranges from tough 808’s all the way to guitar-led beats.
The project is home to “TheOne,” an emotionally-charged highlight track released earlier this year. In his classic BONES style, the album’s emotions vary from adoring odes to his loved ones on “SlayTheDragon,SaveThePrincess,” before transitioning to the confident chants of “EarlGrey,” that assert he’ll always come out on top. The underground king admits his addiction to his ambitious release schedule on “Propellers”, rapping: “With this rap sh*t, all I do drop, drop, drop / Like a habit, gotta have it, never stop, stop, stop.” Featuring a single feature from Lady Moon, the rare guest vocalist to appear on a BONES project, Withered is available everywhere now via TeamSESH/EMPIRE.
Withered marks BONES’ first full length project of 2022 and comes shortly after global artist Justin Bieber cosigned the TeamSESH founder by lip syncing his 2019 hit “AirplaneMode” (49 million Spotify streams). Earlier this month, BONES connected up original TeamSESH member ghost/\/ghoul to drop “Silverado,” a single off of the duo’s upcoming collaborative album, DreamCard due later this year. 2021 was a remarkably busy year for BONES, marked by five full-length albums including Scraps w/ Lyson, ForbiddenImage w/ catsoup, InLovingMemory, PushingUpDaisies w/ Deergod, and BURDEN.
If there’s one thing to know for sure about BONES, it’s that there’s always another project on the way. Stay tuned for what’s next from the man that never stops working.
Buy/Stream Withered: https://music.empi.re/withered
9. Fable ft. Lady Moon
BONES has proven to be one of the most enduring, influential, and creative hip-hop artists to emerge in the early 2010s. The TeamSESH founder has recorded dozens of albums, racking up hundreds of millions of streams and feeding a fanbase that eagerly awaits his every move. Despite remaining fiercely independent and true to his underground roots, his music has permeated the mainstream–in 2015, A$AP Rocky sampled BONES’ song “Dirt” for “Canal St.” (124 million streams), and in recent years, BONES has performed in prime slots at festivals such as Rolling Loud as a member of Seshollowaterboyz (along with Xavier Wülf, Chris Travis, and Eddy Baker).
Withered (w/ grayera): https://music.empi.re/withered
“Silverado” (w/ ghost/\/ghoul): https://sesh.team/bones/silverado/
“TheOne” (w/ grayera): https://music.empi.re/theone
Ricky A Go Go – “DeathTrain” ft. BONES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyLuK1_QyGo
Scraps (w/ Lyson): https://music.empi.re/scraps
ForbiddenImage (w/ cat soup): https://sesh.team/bones/forbiddenimage/
PushingUpDaisies (w/ Deergod): https://music.empi.re/pushingupdaisies