BONES - DeadBoy 
(BONES self released)
Another one of those 19-year-old rap phenomenons that quickly rose to attention last year thanks to a constant stream of mixtapes and some eerie looking videos. Hype within the blogosphere always seems to be shifting between genres, going from indie to garage and now rap is the place to be when it comes to young new talents. Last year we’ve seen numerous youngsters being blasted into fame of of a mostly internet-based enthusiasm. While I sometimes have my doubts with the sincerity of the whole thing, anyone will say stuff is amazing as long as they can be the first one to ‘discover’ it, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth paying attention.
Th@ Kid, one of the names that BONES goes by online, stylistically fits in with the ‘cloud-rap’ crowd, chilled out spacious beats that seem to have been stolen from one of Clams Casino’s old harddrives. Amateurish at points, just like some of his flows, but with a certain honesty that just works. Lyrics are loaded with references to pop-culture, Yung Lean-ish emotional breakdowns and white boy toughness.
As it seems from all the facebook shoutouts, BONES gets a lot of his beats from his fanbase. This makes for a somewhat in-cohesive listen through beats that abruptly finish or fade out way too early. There is so much wrong with this record that it seems almost impossible to enjoy. On the other hand it’s by far his best produced material up until now and I keep revisiting it. Hype justified, BONES is one of those diamonds in the rough that just grows on you.