Ghostemane

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Ghostemane
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Ghostemane performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameEric Whitney
Also known asBaader-Meinhof, Ill Biz, GASM
Born (1991-04-15) April 15, 1991 (age 28)
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
OriginLake Worth, Florida
Los Angeles, California[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • rapper
Years active2010–present
Labels
  • Independent
Associated acts

Eric Whitney (born April 15, 1991),[5] professionally known as Ghostemane or alternatively as Baader-Meinhof, GASM,[4][6] and formerly as Ill Biz,[7] is an American musician, rapper and singer. Growing up in Florida, Ghostemane originally played in local hardcore punk and doom metal bands.[8][9] He moved to Los Angeles, California after starting his career as a rapper and eventually found success in the underground.

Ghostemane's merging of rap and metal gained him popularity on SoundCloud, amongst other underground artists such as Scarlxrd, Bones and Suicideboys. In 2018 Ghostemane released the album, N/O/I/S/E, which was highly anticipated in the underground[10] 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.[11] 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,[1] including Nemesis and Seven Serpents.[8][12] 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.[11]

Whitney was introduced to rap music when he was the guitarist in the hardcore punk band Nemesis and a bandmate introduced him to Memphis rap.[8]

Musical career[edit]

Prior to his musical career, Whitney was earning $65,000 annually in a B2B sales position.[11] In 2015, Whitney moved to Los Angeles, California due to his music not thriving in Southern Florida, giving up his employment at the same time.[1] Meeting up with JGRXXN, Whitney joined his collective Schemaposse which included artists such as Craig Xen and the now-deceased Lil Peep.[13]

In April 2016, Schemaposse disbanded leaving Whitney not associated with any group.[14] Whitney eventually began to associate with the popular underground group Suicideboys and fellow Florida rapper Pouya.[15] Pouya released the video for "1000 Rounds" with Ghostemane in April 2017.[16] The video quickly went viral and as of December 2018, has nearly 14 million views.[17]

In May 2018, Pouya announced that he had a mixtape with Ghostemane in production.[18]

In October 2018 he teamed up with Zubin to release a track titled Broken.[19] Also in 2018, he released an album, titled "N/O/I/S/E", in which many of the songs are influenced by industrial metal, nu metal, Metallica, and even Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.

Artistry[edit]

Lyrically, Ghostemane's themes focus around occultism, depression, nihilism, and death. Whitney started his career as a musician playing guitar in hardcore punk bands, drums in doom metal bands,[9] and has stated that his biggest influence is black metal band Bathory,[8] and he spent most of his teenage years listening to extreme metal bands such as Deicide, Death, Carcass and Mayhem.[5] In terms of rap music, Ghostemane is influenced by Southern rap groups such as OutKast and Three 6 Mafia.[20]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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

Compilations[edit]

  • Astral Kreepin (Resurrected Hitz) (2015)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Blunts n' Brass Monkey (2014) (as Ill Biz)
  • Taboo (2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Ghoste Tales (2015)
  • Dogma (2015)
  • Kreep (2015)
  • Dæmon (2016) (with Nedarb Nagrom)
  • Dæmon II (2016) (with Nedarb Nagrom)
  • Dæmon III (2017) (with Nedarb Nagrom)
  • Dahlia I (2018) (with Getter)
  • Fear Network (2019)[21]
  • Opium (2019)
  • Human Err0r (2019) (with Parv0)
  • Digital Demons (2019) (with Nolife)
  • Hiadica (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ghostemane's Hardcore Past Inspired His Underground Rap Presence". Skullcandy. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ JAMIESON, BRII (23 May 2018). "This is Trap Metal". Kerrang!.
  3. ^ "Hear Ghostemane's Crushing New Hardcore EP 'Fear Network'". April 10, 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "45 MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2019". Revolver (magazine). Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Interview: rapper Ghostemane talks death metal influences". Metal Insider. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  6. ^ "HEAR GHOSTEMANE AND POUYA THROW DOWN ON EXPLOSIVE NEW SONG "STICK OUT"". Revolver. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ "GHOSTEMANE en febrero de 2019 en Barcelona y Madrid". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Thanks To Ghostemane, Industrial And Metal Are Rap Now". Stereogum. 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  9. ^ a b Shaner, Lee. "GHOSTEMANE'S HARDCORE PAST INSPIRED HIS UNDERGROUND RAP PRESENCE". Skullcandy. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Ghostsmane Surprise-Releases New Album 'N/O/I/S/E' a Week Early". Revolver. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  11. ^ a b c Kinda Neat (2016-07-06), KINDA NEAT EPISODE 110: GHOSTEMANE, retrieved 2018-05-25
  12. ^ Wenke, Carrick. "Underground Hype: GHOSTEMANE". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Underground Hype: GHOSTEMANE – The Blow Up – A Place for the Independent Artist". www.theblowup.co. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  14. ^ No Jumper (2016-04-18), No Jumper - The Schema Posse Interview, retrieved 2018-05-25
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Pouya & Ghostemane "1000 Rounds" Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  17. ^ Buffet Boys (2017-04-27), Pouya x Ghostemane - 1000 Rounds [Music Video], retrieved 2018-05-25
  18. ^ "Pouya Announces Collab Mixtape With Ghostemane, Previews New Single". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  19. ^ "Ghostemane and Zubin team up on "Broken"". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  20. ^ "GHOSTEMANE Interview With Independent Grind". unsignedhype.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  21. ^ HILL, JOHN. "HEAR GHOSTEMANE'S CRUSHING NEW HARDCORE EP 'FEAR NETWORK'". Revolver (magazine). Retrieved 11 April 2019.