Ghostemane

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Ghostemane
Ghostemane performing in 2017
Ghostemane performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameEric Whitney
Also known as
  • Eric Ghoste
  • Baader-Meinhof
  • Swearr
  • GASM
Born (1991-04-15) April 15, 1991 (age 29)
Lake Worth, Florida
OriginWest Palm Beach, Florida
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • rapper
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
  • bass
  • synthesizers
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
  • Nemesis
  • Swearr
  • Seven Serpents
  • Poppy
Websiteghostemane.com

Eric Whitney (born April 15, 1991),[7] professionally known as Ghostemane or alternatively as Baader-Meinhof, Swearr, Limsa Lominsa or GASM,[5][8] is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Originally growing up in Florida, Ghostemane started out playing in local hardcore punk and doom metal bands.[9][10] He moved to Los Angeles, California after starting his career as a rapper.

Ghostemane's merging of trap and metal gained him popularity on SoundCloud. In 2018, Ghostemane released his seventh studio album, N/O/I/S/E, which was highly anticipated in the underground music scene[11] due to its heavy influence from industrial and nu metal groups.

Early life[edit]

Eric Whitney was born on April 15, 1991 in Lake Worth, Florida to parents from New York.[12] Whitney grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a teenager, he was mainly interested in hardcore punk music. He learned to play the guitar and performed in several bands,[13] including Nemesis and Seven Serpents.[9][14] He also played football while he was in high school, saying he was practically forced to by his father, who died when Whitney was seventeen.[12]

Whitney was introduced to rap music when he was the guitarist in the hardcore punk band Nemesis and a band mate introduced him to Memphis rap.[9]

Career[edit]

Prior to his musical career, Whitney worked in several B2B sales positions.[12] In 2015, Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California due to his not musically thriving in Southern Florida. He also gave up his employment.[13] Meeting up with JGRXXN, Whitney joined his collective Schemaposse, which included artists such as Craig Xen and Lil Peep.[15]

In April 2016, after just 1 year with the group, Whitney left Schemaposse.[16] He subsequently released his self-produced album "Blackmage" and his first cinematic music video with his single "John Dee". Whitney eventually began to associate with fellow Florida rapper Pouya.[17] Pouya released the video for "1000 Rounds" with Ghostemane in April 2017.[18] The video quickly went viral and as of August 2020, has over 24 million views.[19]

In 2018, Whitney saw greater success when art collective TRASH GANG created and released their 1930s cartoon edit music video for his song Mercury: Retrograde. The video has since climbed to over 279 million views, making his most well known single.

In October 2018 he teamed up with Zubin to release a track titled Broken.[20] Also in 2018, he released his seventh studio album, N/O/I/S/E, in which many of the songs are influenced by industrial metal, nu metal, Metallica, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. In May 2020, he unveiled his latest project, a lo-fi black metal band called Baader-Meinhof, of which he is the sole member (credited as Eric Ghoste).[21] Ghostemane is also the sole producer of his fiancée’s Poppy's Christmas EP A Very Poppy Christmas released in December 2020.

Artistry[edit]

Lyrically, Ghostemane's themes focus around occultism, depression, nihilism, and death. He started his career as a musician playing guitar in hardcore punk bands, and drums in doom metal bands.[10] He has stated that his biggest influence is black metal band Bathory.[9] He spent most of his teenage years listening to extreme metal bands such as Deicide, Death, Carcass and Mayhem.[7] In terms of rap music, Ghostemane is influenced by Southern rap groups such as Outkast and Three 6 Mafia. He has also gone on to cite Midwest rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as an early influence. [22]

Personal Life[edit]

In October 2019, Ghostemane began dating musician/YouTuber Poppy. In July 2020, Poppy announced on social media that the two were engaged.[23][24]

Discography[edit]

As Ghostemane[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Oogabooga (2015)
  • For the Aspiring Occultist (2015)
  • Rituals (2016)
  • Blackmage (2016)
  • Plagues (2016)
  • Hexada (2017)
  • N / O / I / S / E (2018)
  • ANTI-ICON (2020)

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Pallbearers || Tales from the Grave (w/DJ Killa C) (2015)
  • GRXXNGHOSTENAGROM (w/JGRXXN x Nedarb Nagrom) (2015)
  • Elemental (w/Lil Peep x JGRXXN) (2016)

Compilations[edit]

  • Astral Kreepin (Resurrected Hitz) (2015)
  • Get To Know Us (w/Lil Peep x JGRXXN) (2016)
  • Hiadica (2019)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Ghoste Tales (2015)
  • Dogma (2015)
  • Kreep [Klassics Out Tha Attic] (2015)
  • DÆMON (w/Nedarb Nagrom) (2016)
  • DÆMON II (w/Nedarb Nagrom) (2016)
  • DÆMON III (w/Nedarb Nagrom) (2017)
  • Dahlia I (w/Getter) (2018)
  • Fear Network (2019)[25]
  • Opium (2019)
  • Human Err0r (w/Parv0) (2019)
  • Digital Demons (w/Nolife) (2019)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Blunts n' Brass Monkey (2014)
  • Taboo (2014)

As Ill Biz[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Revival (as Ill Biz ft. Shepherd) (2012)
  • versatyle (as Ill Biz) (2013)
  • [Soh] [fahy] mixtape (as Ill Biz featuring infinite SoFi) (2013)
  • ILL BiZ "EP" (as Ill Biz featuring infinite SoFi) (2013)
  • 1991 (as Ill Biz) (2014)

As GASM[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Www (2018)

As SWEARR[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Technomancer (2019)

As Baader-Meinhof[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • EP (2016)
  • Evil Beneath a Veil of Justice (2019)
  • Baader-Meinhof (2020)

With Nemesis[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • From the Neighborhood (2012)

With Seven Serpents[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Seven Serpents (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ JAMIESON, BRII (23 May 2018). "This is Trap Metal". Kerrang!.
  2. ^ "Hear Ghostemane's Crushing New Hardcore EP 'Fear Network'". April 10, 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Hear Ghostemane's Crushing New Hardcore EP 'Fear Network'". Revolver. Apr 10, 2019. Retrieved Aug 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ghostemane – Fear Network / Премьера релиза на Rhyme.ru". Rhyme - новости музыки. Apr 10, 2019. Retrieved Aug 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "45 MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2019". Revolver (magazine). Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.kerrang.com/amp/album-review-ghostemane-anti-icon
  7. ^ a b "Interview: rapper Ghostemane talks death metal influences". Metal Insider. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  8. ^ "HEAR GHOSTEMANE AND POUYA THROW DOWN ON EXPLOSIVE NEW SONG "STICK OUT"". Revolver. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "Thanks To Ghostemane, Industrial And Metal Are Rap Now". Stereogum. 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  10. ^ a b Shaner, Lee. "GHOSTEMANE'S HARDCORE PAST INSPIRED HIS UNDERGROUND RAP PRESENCE". Skullcandy. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Ghostsmane Surprise-Releases New Album 'N/O/I/S/E' a Week Early". Revolver. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  12. ^ a b c Kinda Neat (2016-07-06), KINDA NEAT EPISODE 110: GHOSTEMANE, retrieved 2018-05-25
  13. ^ a b "Ghostemane's Hardcore Past Inspired His Underground Rap Presence". Skullcandy. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Wenke, Carrick. "Underground Hype: GHOSTEMANE". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Underground Hype: GHOSTEMANE – The Blow Up – A Place for the Independent Artist". www.theblowup.co. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  16. ^ No Jumper (2016-04-18), No Jumper - The Schema Posse Interview, retrieved 2018-05-25
  17. ^ "Music For The Aspiring Occultist: Ghostemane and the Collision of Metal and Underground Rap - Heavy Blog Is Heavy". www.heavyblogisheavy.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  18. ^ "Pouya & Ghostemane "1000 Rounds" Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  19. ^ Buffet Boys (2017-04-27), Pouya x Ghostemane - 1000 Rounds [Music Video], retrieved 2018-05-25
  20. ^ "Ghostemane and Zubin team up on "Broken"". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  21. ^ Ghostemane's Black-Metal Project: Hear Baader-Meinhoff's Sinister New EP Revolver. May 26, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  22. ^ "GHOSTEMANE Interview With Independent Grind". unsignedhype.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  23. ^ Down, Rachael (July 10, 2020). "Poppy has announced she's engaged to Ghostemane". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  24. ^ Poppy. "My Fiancé Does My Makeup". YouTube. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  25. ^ HILL, JOHN. "HEAR GHOSTEMANE'S CRUSHING NEW HARDCORE EP 'FEAR NETWORK'". Revolver (magazine). Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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