TheOGM (left) and Eaddy (right)
|Also known as||HO99O9 DEATH KULT|
|Origin||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror and also known as TRIPLE 9 DEATH KULT) is an American hip hop group founded by theOGM and Eaddy in Newark, New Jersey. They relocated to Los Angeles in 2014, where they attracted a strong cult following on account of their live performance, according to the LA Weekly, and attracted collaborators such as Ian Longwell who plays drums and produces for Santigold. Their style combines dark experimental hip hop with the aggression of hardcore punk.
Ho99o9 was one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know" in 2014 and The Guardian's "New Band of the Week". The band has performed at the Afropunk Festival in 2014, the SXSW Music Festival in 2015 and Primavera Sound Festival in 2016. Ho99o9 has released two EPs, Mutant Freax and Horrors of 1999, accompanied by grindhouse-style music videos; their first full-length album United States Of Horror was released on the 5th of May, 2017.
TheOGM was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, raised in Linden, New Jersey; Eaddy is from Newark, New Jersey. Both were part of the same performing arts collective, the NJstreetKLAN (also known as the JerseyKLAN) and formed the group in Newark in 2012. They were influenced by hip-hop and gangsta rappers (DMX and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) in their teens, but later began attending underground punk shows in Brooklyn featuring Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy and The Death Set as well as Ninjasonik, Theophilus London and the A.L.I.E.N. art shows. The band also cites influences that include horror movies and director/former White Zombie frontman Rob Zombie. Critics have noted the band’s cinematic influences as well as those of its punk and hip-hop roots, though the band has been compared to Death Grips, Black Flag, Big Black and Bad Brains.
The band played the Afropunk Festival in 2014,the SXSW Music Festival in 2015 and Primavera Sound Festival in 2016; The New York Times’ Jon Pareles wrote that the performance was a "welcome charge of adrenaline.". They also toured London (with much support from various DJs on BBC Radio 1), Paris, Brighton and Amsterdam in May 2015. They will play the Eurockéennes, Vision, OFF, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Pop-Kultur Berlin, Iceland Airwaves and the Reading and Leeds music festivals in the summer of 2015.
The November 6, 2014 episode of Last Call with Carson Daly featured a segment dedicated to Ho99o9 and their live performance. Ho99o9 collaborated with director Bryan Ray Turcotte and photographer Estevan Oriol to capture their performance in their video, "Casey Jones/Cum Rag" which was premiered and was hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Ho99o9 toured the UK, headlining in Brighton, and supporting Slaves in Newcastle and Birmingham.
On December 1, 2016, it was announced that Ho99o9 would be supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan on their final UK tour in January 2017. Eaddy started off the tour in Norwich by jumping straight into the audience landing on 3 peoples heads and then running and tackling people through the audience. In June 2017 the band appeared on the Earache Records stage of Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
As a band in the digital age, Ho99o9 also have a strong social media presence with a Twitter boasting upwards of 6 thousand followers. They make good use of their platform, retweeting comments from fans, bumping tour information, and just generally establishing their brand with their tweets.
"There’s a few aspects in life that will lead you onto a greater path: Know your history, no one runs your life but yourself, always stay positive & cut the negative, don’t take no shit from nobody. & last but not least always put up a fight for what you believe in."
"Be quiet or be killed"
- Casey Jones / Cum Rag, FAMILY (September 2nd, 2014) (Single)
- Bone Collector, FAMILY (September 2nd, 2014) (Single)
- Mutant Freax, FAMILY (October 31st, 2014) (EP)
- Horrors of 1999, FAMILY (June 9th, 2015) (EP)
- Dead Bodies in the Lake, FAMILY (November 13th, 2015) (Mixtape)
- Blood Waves, FAMILY (March 3rd, 2016) (Single)
- The Dope Dealerz / Double Barrel, FAMILY (October 11th, 2016) (Single)
- United States Of Horror, FAMILY (May 5th, 2017) (Album)
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