Milo (musician)

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Birth name Rory Ferreira
Also known as Scallops Hotel, Black Orpheus[1]
Born (1992-02-03) February 3, 1992 (age 26)
Chicago, Illinois
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Genres Hip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 2010-present
Associated acts
  • Nom de Rap
  • Red Wall (w/
  • Nostrum Grocers (w/Elucid)
  • Pink Navel

Rory Ferreira[2] (born February 3, 1992),[3] better known by his stage names Milo (often stylized as milo) and scallops hotel, is an American rapper and producer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; currently based in Biddeford, Maine.[4][5] He often collaborates with Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle and Hemlock Ernst among others[6] and is a member of the hip-hop duo Nostrum Grocers with rapper Elucid.[7] He began as a member of the Hellfyre Club collective[8] and has since formed his own label, Ruby Yacht (stylized RBYT), which he runs out of Soulfolks Records. Ferreira opened Soulfolks Records in Biddeford, Maine in April of 2018.

Early life[edit]

Ferreira was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents under 21 who were high school dropouts.[9][10] Shortly after his birth, he moved to Saco, Maine, where he would spend most of his early life.[11] Here, at age 12, he was introduced to hip hop through his uncle, who showed him Nas.[12] For high school, Ferreira moved with his father to Kenosha, Wisconsin. He participated in theatre in school and was always working on hip hop out of school.[13] By the time he got to college, Milo had been to 13 different schools.[14] He first began rapping as part of the Kenosha and a Wisconsin hip-hop trio Nom de Rap, which additionally consisted of rappers Nicholas J and AD the Architect. Following high school, he attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin for Philosophy, before he dropped out to pursue a music career.[15][16] Ferreira is a vegetarian.[17]

Musical career[edit]

In 2010, Nom de Rap released their first joint mixtape, Greatest Hits Vol. 1.[18][19]

Milo released his first solo mixtape, I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here in 2011.[20] Milo Takes Baths was released in 2012.[21] The song "Kenosha, WI" was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in a 2012 issue of the journal Postmodern Culture.[22]

Milo released two EPs, Things That Happen at Day and Things That Happen at Night, in January 2013.[23] The Cavalcade mixtape followed in July 2013.[24] In November 2013, he appeared on Hellfyre Club's compilation Dorner vs. Tookie.[25] He released Poplar Grove (or How to Rap with a Hammer) under the moniker Scallops Hotel in November 2013.[26] His first official album, A Toothpaste Suburb, was released on Hellfyre Club on September 23, 2014.[27] In 2015, he released So the Flies Don't Come, which was entirely produced by Kenny Segal.[28] His third LP entitled "who told you to think??!!?!?!?!", was released through the Ruby Yacht label in August 2017.[29] His fourth LP, Budding Ornithologists are Weary of Tired Analogies was released on September 21, 2018.[30]

On October 1, 2018, Ferreira announced that Budding Ornithologists are Weary of Tired Analogies would be his final rap album.[31]


Milo has said he came up with his name at age 16 after reading the book The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, although in a separate interview with everydejavu he states that his name is an acronym for "maybe i like owls", in reference to his first rap name being "wise owl, himself".[32][33]




  • Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2010) (with Nicholas J and AD the Architect, as Nom de Rap)
  • I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here (2011)
  • Milo Takes Baths (2012)
  • Cavalcade (2013)
  • Plain Speaking (2015) (as Scallops Hotel)
  • Too Much of Life Is Mood (2016) (as Scallops Hotel)
  • Over the Carnage Rose a Voice Prophetic (2017) (as Scallops Hotel)
  • Sovereign Nose of (Y)our Arrogant Face (2018) (as Scallops Hotel)


  • Things That Happen at Day (2013)
  • Things That Happen at Night (2013)
  • Poplar Grove (or How to Rap with a Hammer) (2013) (as Scallops Hotel)
  • Boyle and Piles (2014) (with Safari Al, as Red Wall)


  • "Concerning the Dream Tigers I Have Seen (for Borges)" (2012)
  • "This Can't Be the Place (Evil Doer Melody)" (2013)
  • "shinsplints wind breakr pants" (2018)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Nicholas J - "Sound Advice" from Demolition Mixtape (2010)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Boss Fight" from Rent Party Extension (2012)
  • Mantras - "Villain" from Easy, Hogarth (2013)
  • Nedarb Nagrom - "Weirdos" from Warm Lettuce (2013)
  • The Wilde - "Greatest Fear" from Urban Alien Nation (2013)
  • Tera Melos - "Snake Lake (Busdriver Remix)" from X'ed Out Remixes (2013)
  • Anderson .Paak - "Heart of Gold (Chain)" from Cover Art (2013)
  • Kool A.D. - "Pass the Milk" from Not O.K. (2013) (track appears as "In Gaol" on A Toothpaste Suburb)
  • Iglooghost - "Frenchopen" from Treetunnels (2014) (milo's verse also appears in "Thatness and Whatness" on A Toothpaste Suburb)
  • WC Tank - "reconsidering" from almost forever (2014)
  • Busdriver - "king cookie faced(for Hellfyre) (Greyhat Remix)" (2014)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Trickeration" from A Special Episode Of (2015)
  • Prefuse 73 - "140 Jabs Interlude" from Rivington Não Rio (2015)
  • Kiings - "Garden" from Wwydf (2015)
  • Botany - "Au Revoir" and "No Translator" from Dimming Awe, the Light Is Raw (2015)
  • Busdriver - "Worlds to Run" from Thumbs (2015)
  • Elos - "Not the Best" from Limit Break (2016)
  • Willie Green - "The Mental Wizard" from Doc Savage (2016)
  • Q The Sun - "On the Way to Something Else" (2016)
  • R. Bravery - "One-Hundred Black Kites" from HAMAON (2016) (as Scallops Hotel)
  • Blu & Fa†e - "Oblivia" from Open Your Optics to Optimism (2016)
  • Sixo - "Random Awakening" from The Odds of Free Will (2017)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "All Pastel Everything" and "Manchester" from Dorner vs. Tookie (2013)
  • "You Are Safe Now" from Mandala Vol. 1, Polysonic Flows (2014)
  • "1 of Mine" and "Building Gray" from Catcher of the Fade (2015)
  • "milo Speaks" from Arte Para Todos 2016 (2016) (a short segment of an interview with Rory Ferreira)


  1. ^ Kestly, Jacob (May 23, 2014). "Milo: Milwaukee's Val Kilmer In Real Genius". Radio Milwaukee. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Galil, Leor (September 24, 2014). "Kendrick Lamar and Milo drop divergent hip-hop releases on the same day". Chicago Reader. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Ferreira, Rory (June 15, 2013). "Press". Milo. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Martin, Andrew (July 23, 2013). "How the WWE and Nas Influence Rapper Milo". MTV Hive. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rapper Milo brings his music - and his hopes - back to Milwaukee". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex (October 28, 2013). "Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle & Milo - "All Pastel Everything"". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on June 12, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
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  8. ^ Rew, Jessica (October 6, 2013). "Open Mike Eagle & Milo Talk Hellfyre Club & LA's Hip Hop Scene". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Mueller, Matt (March 1, 2015). "Rapper Milo brings his music - and his hopes - back to Milwaukee". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Bell, Max (2013-07-23). "Milo Is Ready to Take Over the Art Rap Scene". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  11. ^ Bell, Max (July 23, 2013). "Milo Is Ready to Take Over the Art Rap Scene". LA Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "How the WWE and Nas Influence Rapper Milo". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  13. ^ Blanchfield, Corrigan (October 10, 2016). ""I'm Already One of the Greatest Living Rappers": An Interview with milo". Passion Weiss. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "Finding Purpose and Being Moral with Rory Ferreira aka Milo". YouTube. Sep 5, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Rapper Milo brings his music - and his hopes - back to Milwaukee". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  16. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  17. ^ "Interview: An Evening with Milo". St. Louis: KCOU. November 6, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  18. ^ "Nom de Rap: About". Nom de Rap. Facebook. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  19. ^ "Nom de Rap". The Whethermen's Union. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  20. ^ Galil, Leor (November 30, 2011). "Cheap Tunes: Milo's I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here". Forbes. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  21. ^ Galil, Leor (February 20, 2012). "Cheap Tunes: Milo's 'Milo Takes Baths'". Forbes. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  22. ^ "Volume 22, Number 2, January 2012". Postmodern Culture. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  23. ^ Gillespie, Blake (November 19, 2013). "Milo creates side project Scallops Hotel". Impose Magazine. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Aborisade, Femi (July 19, 2013). "Interview: Milo Speaks On 'Cavalcade,' Hellfyre Club, and Becoming a Road Warrior". Potholes in My Blog. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  25. ^ Jenkins, Craig (November 26, 2013). "Hellfyre Club: Dorner vs. Tookie". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  26. ^ Tracy, Dylan (November 13, 2013). "Listen to Scallops Hotel's (Milo) 'Xergiok's Chagrin (A Song For Jib)'". Prefix. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  27. ^ Rattigan, Nick (September 23, 2014). "Stream Milo's A Toothpaste Suburb". Impose Magazine. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  28. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (October 14, 2015). "milo: so the flies don't come". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  29. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan (August 10, 20137). "milo: who told you to think??!!?!?!?!". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 10, 2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  30. ^ "Stream Milo's New Album Budding Ornithologists Are Weary Of Tired Analogies". Stereogum. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  31. ^ "Milo Announces That "Milo Is Officially Finished"". Stereogum. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  32. ^ "Interview: milo talks Hellfyre Club, philosophy, 'a toothpaste suburb' & more". EveryDejaVu | Music Updates, Interviews, Reviews, Editorials & more. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  33. ^ "Printing - Discovery: Milo - Interview Magazine". Retrieved 2017-02-08.

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