Bones (rapper)
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Bones Rapper
Elmo Kennedy O'Connor
  • Th@ Kid
  • Ricky a Go Go
  • Uncle Ricky
Born (1994-01-11) January 11, 1994 (age 24)
Muir Beach, California, United States
Origin Howell, Michigan, United States

Hip hop Emo Rap

Cloud Rap
Instruments Vocals
Labels TeamSesh
Bones at the TeamSESH warehouse, 2018

Elmo Kennedy O'Connor[1] (born January 11, 1994), known professionally as Bones (sometimes stylized as BONES), is an American rapper from Howell, Michigan.[2] He is notable for the frenetic pace at which he releases new music, including 56 mixtapes[3][4] 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.[2][5]

Early life

Elmo Kennedy O'Connor was born in Marin County, California[6] to a mother who designed clothing and a father who was a web designer. His grandfather was actor Robert Culp.[7] 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.[8] When he was 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles where his brother, Elliott, had already been living.[2] 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."[9] He described Howell as a "mundane" place where its residents are "born and they die there".[9]

Musical career

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.[10][11] 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.[12][13][14]

Bones headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on March 4, 2015.[15][16][17] and opened for Shlohmo at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 7, 2015.[18]

The hook from Bones' song "Dirt" was featured in ASAP Rocky's "Canal St." on the 2015 At. Long. Last. ASAP album.[19][20]

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.[21][22]

On January 19, 2018, Bones 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.

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."[2]

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.[5][11]

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".[9]



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
  • Bones (2012)
  • 1MillionBlunts (2012)
  • LivingLegend (2013)
  • Saturn (2013)
  • Teenager (2013)
  • (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)
  • SoThereWeStood (2015)
  • YouShouldHaveSeenYourFace (2015)
  • Banshee (2015)
  • Frayed (2015)
  • HermitOfEastGrandRiver (2015)
  • Useless (2016)
  • PaidProgramming2 (2016)
  • GoodForNothing (2016)
  • SoftwareUpdate1.0 (2016)
  • Disgrace (2017)
  • Unrendered (2017)
  • NoRedeemingQualities (2017)
  • Failure (2017)
  • NetworkUnknown (2017)
  • Carcass () (2017)
  • Augmented (2018) with Cat Soup
  • Krater's Atlas (coming 2018) with Xavier Wulf
  • TheManInTheRadiator (coming 2018)
as Surrenderdorothy
  • wenenveraskedforthis (2014)
  • nobodywantsme (2014)
  • itstheleastwecando (2015)
  • itsthethoughtthatcounts (2015)
  • breathingexercise (2018)


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
  • OhNo!
  • RigorMortis
  • CrashLanding with Xavier Wulf

as surrenderdorothy
  • illgettothebottomofthis
  • suddenlyeverywordmadesense
  • sittinginthecar
  • noplacelikehome
  • sometimes,idontunderstand
  • whatgreateyesyouhave
  • funnyhowthatworks
  • dropeverything

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
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"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
"Prayers" Ramirez Trillity
"Scream Out My Name" Dylan Ross The Castle of Depression
"Abandoned House" Drew the Architect Empathy
"Death Note" 2014 Wavy Jones Blunt Ashes
"Shadowface" Bladee Gluee
"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
"Eyes Closed" Misogi Occult
"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
"Deathproof" Kold Blooded Tsukuyomi
"Last Step in the 1st Place" Xavier Wulf The Local Man
"Stalepacks" Drew the Architect Vacive
"Skew" 2016 Drip-133 Skew
"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


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  3. ^ "BONES aka "Th@ Kid" Complete Discography (All Albums, Mixtapes, Etc.) FREE DOWNLOAD". Blogspot. June 10, 2014. Retrieved . 
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  5. ^ a b "RECRUITED: Bones". The Masked Gorilla. January 20, 2014. Retrieved . 
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  11. ^ a b "Delving Past Yung Lean and Deeper Into The World of Sad Rap". August 1, 2014. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Download LA-via-Michigan Rapper Bones' Massive Garbage Mixtape". June 9, 2014. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "The Bizarrely Lo-Fi VHS World of Los Angeles Rapper Bones". May 13, 2014. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "ALBUM DOWNLOAD: BONES - GARBAGE". June 13, 2014. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Th@ Kid - soldouthouseofbluesagain thankyoubrothersandsisters". Facebook. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Elliott O'Connor - Twitter". Twitter. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ "Elliott O'Connor - Twitter". Twitter. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ "Shlohmo - Twitter". Twitter. March 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ "11 Intriguing Appearances On At.Long.Last.A$AP". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ Rose Lilah (May 29, 2015). "ASAP Rocky Speaks On ASAP Yams' Contributions To "A.L.L.A."". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2015. 
  21. ^ Strauss, Matthew (September 18, 2015). "A$AP Rocky Performs "Electric Body" With Schoolboy Q, "Canal St." With Bones on "Kimmel"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  22. ^ Montes, Patrick (September 2015). "A$AP Rocky Brings Out Bones for 'Jimmy Kimmel' Performance". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2016. 

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