The Internet (band)

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The Internet
The Internet performing in 2012
The Internet performing in 2012
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2011–present
Spinoff of
Past members

The Internet is an American alternative R&B band from Los Angeles, California. It consists of vocalist Syd, keyboardist Matt Martians, bassist Patrick Paige II, drummer Christopher Smith, and guitarist Steve Lacy.

Their music is a blend of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, funk, and electronic dance music. They have released four studio albums and three extended plays since their formation in late 2011. The band's 2015 album Ego Death was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.


The Internet was formed in early 2011 by Odd Future members Syd and Matt Martians, along with touring members Patrick Paige, Christopher Smith, and Tay Walker. The band's name originally started out as a joke, inspired by Left Brain's answer to a reporter asking where he was from, to which he responded, "I hate when people ask me that, I'm going to start saying I'm from the Internet".[4] The idea amused Syd, and inspired the name for her side project that eventually became The Internet.

Their debut album Purple Naked Ladies was released on December 20, 2011.[5][6] It was the first physical album to be released through Odd Future Records. Two songs from the album, "Cocaine" and "Fastlane", had music videos to accompany their release. The Internet has a song included on the Odd Future album The OF Tape Vol. 2, called "Ya know".[7]

The band released their second album Feel Good in September 2013, and received praise from fans and critics. The first single from the album, "Give It Time", was released through Odd Future's official SoundCloud. On June 10,[8] 2013, The band backed Mac Miller in London in promotion of his second album Watching Movies with the Sound Off.

Their third album Ego Death was released by Odd Future & Columbia on June 30, 2015, to widespread acclaim. Matt Martians on NPR said about the album's title: "A lot of people that we know [are] just having their egos checked in many ways. Some people losing their jobs when, last year, they were at the top of the mountain; certain people's careers going in different directions that they didn't anticipate. And just kind of two words that you want people to think about these days, because we do have a lot of people who, on the Internet — whether it's Instagram, Twitter — it's a lot of egos that are really based on nothing backing it up."[9]

Following the release of Ego Death, the band's members each focused on releasing individual solo projects. 2017 saw the release of Matt Martians' The Drum Chord Theory, Syd's Fin, Steve Lacy's Demo, Patrick Paige II's Letters of Irrelevance and Christopher A. Smith's Loud, as a part of the duo C&T.

In December 2017, Steve Lacy told DJ Matt Wilkinson of Beats 1 that the follow-up to Ego Death was "95%" finished. He added: "I feel like this is on a higher echelon than Ego Death. I love Ego Death, that was a great record, but I know this one is a step up."[10]

In April 2018, Patrick Paige II announced his debut album Letters of Irrelevance. Later that month, the band released the single "Roll (Burbank Funk)", in promotion of their fourth studio album, Hive Mind. The track features joint lead vocals by Steve Lacy and Syd. The next month the band announced their fourth album, Hive Mind,[11] which released on July 20, 2018. In October 2018, The Internet was the opening act at all but one show for Gorillaz on their North American leg of The Now Now Tour, which concluded with the Demon Dayz Festival.[12] Their performance at the Scotiabank Arena on October 8, 2018, was their first ever performance in a stadium venue.


Contributions refer to members' live roles. On studio recordings, each member plays a variety of instruments.

  • Sydney Bennett – vocals (2011–present)
  • Matthew Martin – keyboards, vocals (2011–present)
  • Patrick Paige II – bass guitar (2013–present)
  • Christopher Smith – drums (2013–present)
  • Steve Lacy – guitar, vocals (2015–present)

Past members[edit]

  • Tay Walker – keyboards (2011–2013)
  • Jameel Bruner – keyboards (2013–2016)



Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with year released
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US[13] US R&B/HH[14] US R&B[15] US Heat[16] AUS[17] BEL (FL)[18] NLD[19] SWI[20] UK[21] UK R&B[22]
Purple Naked Ladies 31
Feel Good
  • Released: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Odd Future, Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Ego Death
  • Released: June 26, 2015
  • Label: Odd Future, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
89 9 3 45
Hive Mind
  • Release date: July 20, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
26 14 2 40 45 53 89 39 3
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


List of extended plays, with year released
Title Album details
Purple Naked Ladies: 4 Bonus Songs
  • Released: February 1, 2012[23]
  • Label: Odd Future
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: April 14, 2014
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download
Ego Death (Bonus Tracks)
  • Released: November 13, 2015
  • Label: Odd Future
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Adult R&B[24] US Rhy.[25] US R&B/HH Airplay[26] BEL (FL) Tip[18]
"Love Song - 1" 2011 Purple Naked Ladies
"They Say"
"Fastlane" 2012
"Partners In Crime Part Two" 2013 Feel Good
"Special Affair" 2015 Ego Death
"Under Control" 19
(featuring Kaytranada)
19 28 44 89
"Roll (Burbank Funk)" 2018 Hive Mind
"Come Over"[29]
"La Di Da"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Lead artist Album Credit(s)
"They Say" 2011 Odd Future 12 Odd Future Songs
"Ya Know" 2012 Odd Future The OF Tape Vol. 2 Featured artist
"Navy" Kilo Kish Homeschool Production
"Blue Jeans (Odd Future's The Internet Mix)" Lana Del Rey Blue Jeans Remixes Remix
"You're the One (Odd Future's The Internet featuring Mike G Remix)" Charli XCX Heartbreaks and Earthquakes
"Fitzpleasure (The Internet of Odd Future Remix)" Alt-J Summer
"Watergun" Kilo Kish non-album single Production
"Pull Me Down (The Internet Remix)" 2013 Mikky Ekko Time Remix
"Objects In The Mirror" Mac Miller Watching Movies with the Sound Off Featured artist
"Karma (Internet Edition)" 2015 Tay Walker 25HAD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Soul Train Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2015[30] Themselves Centric Certified Nominated
2018[31] "Come Over" Song of the Year
Hive Mind Album/Mixtape of the Year
"Come Over" Video of the Year

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2016[32] Ego Death Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated


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