Elmo Kennedy O'Connor[3] (born January 11, 1994), known professionally as Bones, is an American rapper from Howell, Michigan.[21] He is notable for the frenetic pace at which he releases new music, including 56 mixtapes[5][6] 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.[21][7]

Life and career

Personal life

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 11 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.[21] Despite leaving his parents’ home in Howell at 16, O'Conner 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."[31] He described Howell as a "mundane" place where its residents are "born and they die there".[31]

Musical career

He has collaborated on three tracks with Raider Klan member Eddy Baker, including “High”, “Delinquents”, and “PayPal” off of Bones's albums Saturn (2013), Creep (2013), and Garbage (2014). Bones also performs and collaborates often with former Raider Klan members Xavier Wulf and Chris Travis. Bones is 1 of the 4 members in the collective Seshollowaterboyz, which consists of Him (Bones), Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis, and Eddy Baker.[3][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.[2][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][3]

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.”[21]

Musical style

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.[7][8]

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".[31]

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)
  • GoodForNothing (2016)
  • SoftwareUpdate1.0 (2016)
  • Disgrace (2017)
  • Unrendered (2017)
  • NoRedeemingQualities (2017)
  • Failure (2017)
  • NetworkUnknown (2017)
  • Krater's Atlas (coming 2017) with Xavier Wulf
  • TheManInTheRadiator (coming 2017)
as Surrenderdorothy
  • Wenenveraskedforthis (2014)
  • Nobodywantsme (2014)
  • Itstheleastwecando (2015)
  • Itsthethoughtthatcounts (2015)

Singles

as Bones
  • IGotABMXBikeButImNotVeryGood with Xavier Wulf
  • WeDontBelieveYou with Xavier Wulf & Chris Travis
  • Sv_Lan0 with Drip-133
  • Blur
  • LongTimeNoSee
  • TheDayYouLeaveThisPlanetNobodyWillNotice
  • SteveWilkosThrowsChair.mp4
  • WhatAShame
  • GotItBadderThanUsher
  • RickysDustyOldCassette
  • MyMindIsTheLastPlaceIWannaBe
  • NightmareGalore with Eddy Baker
  • HoldOnForDearLife
  • TheVoicesOutsideAreGettingLouder


as Surrenderdorothy
  • Illgettothebottomofthis
  • Suddenlyeverywordmadesense
  • Sittinginthecar
  • Noplacelikehome
  • Sometimes,idontunderstand
  • Whatgreateyesyouhave


as OREGONTRAIL
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW
  • IF ALL ELSE FAILS
  • WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING QUITE BUSY
  • I ADMIT, IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY
  • TILL THE WHITES OF MY EYES DRY OUT
  • WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
as Ricky a Go Go
  • Stranger
  • Every Night
  • The Whisper Of Sweet Nothings
  • You Are My Everything
  • On The Run
  • YouKnowIWantYou (feat. Bones)

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
  • You Are All To Blame (2016) with TeamSesh

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearArtist(s)Album
"Everything"2013Mr. SiscoSmoke Mix '94
"Living in '93"GrandmillyBVNDVNVZ II
"Graveyard Shift"Roy, WierdoughBeach$ideGoon
"Death Note"2014Wavy Jone$BLUNTASHES
"Maple $yrup"2014$uicideboy$"KILL YOURSELF Part I: The $uicide Saga"
"Canal St."2015A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
"We Up"2016Chris TravisThe Ruined
"Last Time I Checked"2017RiFF RAFF, DJ AfterthoughtAquaberry Aquarius
"Everything You Said"Chris TravisForgive Me