Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror and additionally known as HO99O9 DEATH KULT) is an American hip hop group founded by theOGM and Eaddy in Newark, New Jersey. They relocated to Los Angeles in 2014, where they attracted a strong cult following on account of their live performance, according to the LA Weekly, and attracted collaborators such as Ian Longwell who plays drums and produces for Santigold.
Ho99o9 was one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know" in 2014 and The Guardian's "New Band of the Week". The band has performed at the Afropunk Festival in 2014, the SXSW Music Festival in 2015. Ho99o9 has released two EPs, Mutant Freax and Horrors of 1999, accompanied by grindhouse-style music videos; a full-length album is forthcoming.
TheOGM was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, raised in Linden, New Jersey; Eaddy is from Newark, New Jersey. Both were part of the same performing arts collective, the NJstreetKLAN (also known as the JerseyKLAN) and formed the group in Newark in 2012. They were influenced by hip-hop and gangsta rappers (DMX and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) in their teens, but later began attending underground punk shows in Brooklyn featuring Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy and The Death Set as well as Ninjasonik, Theophilus London and the A.L.I.E.N. art shows. The band additionally cites influences that include horror movies and director/former White Zombie frontman Rob Zombie. Critics have noted the band’s cinematic influences as well as those of its punk and hip-hop roots, though the band has been compared to Death Grips, Black Flag, Big Black and Bad Brains.
The band played the Afropunk Festival in 2014, and the SXSW Music Festival in 2015; The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote that the performance was a "welcome charge of adrenaline.". They additionally toured London (with much support from various DJs on BBC Radio 1), Paris, Brighton and Amsterdam in May 2015. They will play the Eurockéennes, Vision, OFF, Pukkelpop, the Lowlands, Pop-Kultur Berlin, Iceland Airwaves and the Reading and Leeds music festivals in the summer of 2015.
The November 6, 2014 episode of Last Call with Carson Daly featured a segment dedicated to Ho99o9 and their live performance. Ho99o9 collaborated with director Bryan Ray Turcotte and photographer Estevan Oriol to capture their performance in their video, "Casey Jones/Cum Rag" which was premiered and was hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
On June 1, 2015, in the official promotional video for the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was announced that Ho99o9 would be playing the festival as part of the night time concerts.
Ho99o9 toured the UK, headlining in Brighton, and supporting Slaves in Newcastle and Birmingham.
- Mutant Freax, FAMILY (2014)
- Casey Jones / Cum Rag, FAMILY (2014)
- Horrors of 1999, FAMILY (2015)
- Dead Bodies in the Lake, FAMILY (2015)