14 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It would take a group called $uicideBoy$ to pen a love letter to their hometown and call it I Want to Die in New Orleans. The duo—cousins Suicide Christ and Ruby da Cherry—maintain that their music is an outlet for their darker, depression-driven impulses, but their appreciation for The Big Easy (along with scuzzy pop-punk vocals and mid-’90s, lo-fi Memphis rap) shines through on the first major release since their Kill Yourself series of EPs in late 2017. NOLA references are less Easter eggs than ornaments: The bass-heavy “Krewe du Vieux” honors the Mardi Gras parade of the same name, while “Carrollton,” which features an intro from Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J, is named for an uptown neighborhood. The beat for “Coma” is built from a sample of Memphis legend Playa Fly’s “Kreepin Out Da Kut,” and the album’s interludes come in the form of local news clips about city-specific tragedies, like when the levees broke.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It would take a group called $uicideBoy$ to pen a love letter to their hometown and call it I Want to Die in New Orleans. The duo—cousins Suicide Christ and Ruby da Cherry—maintain that their music is an outlet for their darker, depression-driven impulses, but their appreciation for The Big Easy (along with scuzzy pop-punk vocals and mid-’90s, lo-fi Memphis rap) shines through on the first major release since their Kill Yourself series of EPs in late 2017. NOLA references are less Easter eggs than ornaments: The bass-heavy “Krewe du Vieux” honors the Mardi Gras parade of the same name, while “Carrollton,” which features an intro from Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J, is named for an uptown neighborhood. The beat for “Coma” is built from a sample of Memphis legend Playa Fly’s “Kreepin Out Da Kut,” and the album’s interludes come in the form of local news clips about city-specific tragedies, like when the levees broke.

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About $uicideBoy$

New Orleans rap duo $uicideboy$ combined their talents in 2014, but the pair were already well-acquainted. The cousins -- Ruby da Cherry and $lick $loth -- grew up together, white kids in black neighborhoods on the east and west banks of the Crescent City. However, they initially veered down different paths. Ruby (aka Suicide Leopard) dabbled in punk rock, influenced by the Misfits, Minor Threat, and Leftover Crack. Meanwhile, $lick (aka Suicide Christ) was a DJ and songwriter. Once they joined forces, the result was a dark blend of horrorcore glitch-trap bubbling with booming bass, ominous atmospherics, and occultish, drugged-out rhymes. Signed to G59 Records, the Boy$ released the ambitious ten-part series, Kill Your$elf. With titles like The $uicide $aga, The $eppuku $aga, and Re$urrection, $uicideboy$ layered their twisted raps over short tracks, releasing additional EPs like Black $uicide (with Black Smurf), Grey Sheep, G.R.E.Y.G.O.D.S., and My Liver Will Handle What My Heart Can't in 2015. By 2016, with SXSW and international shows under their belts, the recordings continued, notching nearly 30 full efforts within two years. Radical $uicide, their 29th release, arrived in the summer of 2016. The five-track EP produced by Getter peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Rap charts. In 2017, the pair revived their Kill Yourself series with Kill Yourself, Pt. 11: The Kingdom Come Saga. Ten volumes were issued that year, closing with XX: The Infinity Saga. Early 2018 saw the release of single "FUCKALLOFYOU2K18." ~ Neil Z. Yeung

ORIGIN
New Orleans, LA
FORMED
2015

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