BONES is a new kind of 'AmericanSweetheart' on his latest album.
A blue collar rock star for the Internet age, BONES synthesizes influences from all over the country to make his signature underground sound. Embracing his folk hero status on his latest project, the prolific rapper shares 'AmericanSweetheart', his second full-length of 2022. The new project paints BONES as a rap renaissance man, as the artist subsumes a variety of styles into his dark aesthetic, and packs in references to films like "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", "Rocky IV", and more.
Songs like "Juno" and "7thGenerationBlunts" bear the influences of Memphis trap, but other highlights absorb sounds from rap history: "Playback" is a haunted slice of East Coast boom bap, "Panic Button" finds BONES ripping fast raps atop the "Amen" break, "CoolHandLuke" kicks off with a Pharrell-esque four count, and other songs sneak in references to artists like the St. Lunatics and Pretty Ricky. The album's more emotional tracks show off BONES' skill with melody and ability to pack deep feelings into crisp turns of phrase: "I hate that I made you put up with me / Disgrace fits me so comfortably," he intones on "CutYouLoose." With production from TeamSESH producers like cat soup, 'AmericanSweetheart' is available everywhere via TeamSESH/EMPIRE.
'AmericanSweetheart' continues a busy year for the Michigan native, marked by exciting collaborations and unexpected co-signs. Last month, BONES connected with Drew The Architect for the heart-wrenching "PackRippedOpen". In April, the underground hero shared 'Withered', a full-length project. Created in collaboration with TeamSESH producer grayera, Withered finds BONES alternating between laid-back yet emotional anthems and commanding, verbally blunt bangers, including the emotionally charged lead single "TheOne". Before 'Withered', BONES connected with longtime TeamSESH member ghost/\/ghoul to drop "Silverado", notable because ghost/\/ghoul rarely recruits vocalists to contribute to his music. 2021 was a remarkably busy year for BONES, marked by five full-length albums including 'Scraps' with Lyson, 'ForbiddenImage' with cat soup, 'InLovingMemory', 'PushingUpDaisies' with Deergod, and 'BURDEN', and capped off by "DeathWish", an '80s pop-influenced banger by BONES' alter ego Ricky A Go Go.
With a singular aesthetic that has made fans out of influential figures like A$AP Rocky, and most recently, Justin Bieber, BONES is always working.
Stay tuned for much more from the mysterious mastermind in the near future.
BONES' 'AmericanSweetheart' album is also available now to stream and cop on all major DSPs