Elmo Kennedy O'Connor was born in Marin County, California to a mother who designed clothing and a father who was a web designer. His grandfather was actor Robert Culp. His family lived in Muir Beach, California, before moving to New York City. When O'Connor was 11 years old, his family moved to Howell, Michigan. When he was 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles where his brother, Elliott, had already been living. Despite leaving his parents’ home in Howell at 16, O'Conner spoke positively of them, stating, "If I tried to write a book about, 'oh, what would be dream parents?', I couldn't even make anything better than them. All they do is shower me in love. Unconditional love, forever." He described Howell as a 'mundane' place where its residents are "born and they die there".
He has collaborated on three tracks with Raider Klan member Eddy Baker, including “High”, “Delinquents”, and “PayPal” off of Bones's albums Saturn (2013), Creep (2013), and Garbage (2014). Bones also performs and collaborates often with former Raider Klan members Xavier Wulf and Chris Travis. Bones is 1 of the 4 members in the collective Seshollowaterboyz, which consists of Him (Bones), Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis, and Eddy Baker.
In 2014, Bones self-released 5 mixtapes through his label TeamSesh, including Garbage, which received coverage and critical acclaim from notable publications including The Fader, Pigeons & Planes, and RESPECT.
Bones headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on March 4, 2015. and opened for Shlohmo at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 7, 2015.
The hook from Bones' song "Dirt" was featured in ASAP Rocky's "Canal St." on the 2015 At. Long. Last. ASAP album.
On September 17, 2015, Bones performed "Canal St." with ASAP Rocky on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show but was cut from the TV broadcast. Videos of the performance were made available online.
Bones and his manager Elliott O’Connor, who is also his brother, have both stated that major labels have shown interest in signing him but he has declined up to this point. According to Max Bell of LA Weekly, "interested labels wanted him to be their 'white rapper,' an artist along the lines of Mac Miller and Machine Gun Kelly. But Bones wasn't interested in being remade.”
Bones has been compared to Yung Lean, who is known for his cloud rap style in which the beats are ethereal and rappers are emotional and sincere, rather than "completely macho". However, Bones has been described as "not a cloud rapper", as having his own very personal style, hence why when his music is downloaded, the genre in the files is "Sesh", implying his style is a completely new subgenre of rap. Bones has mixed different styles of rap music to his songs, he has made dark-tone as well as more 'metal' influenced rap music; however he claims that all his songs are just one genre.as [email protected] KidCousin Eddie (2010)Stifler (2011)Strictly for the Ratz (2011)Dreamcatcher. (2011)Ratboy (2011)The Good Ratz (2011)Knucklehead (2011)Team Sesh (2011)AttaBoy (2011)Stay Golden (2011)RatLyfe (2011)Holy Smokes (2011)ADayAtTheGetty (2011)Midnight: 12 AM (2011)Howell (2011)Locals Only (2011)YoungDumbFuck (2012)Foolsgold (2012)WhiteRapper (2012)TypicalRapShit (2012)BlackNWhite (2012) with Grandmillyas BonesBones (2012)1MillionBlunts (2012)LivingLegend (2013)Saturn (2013)Teenager (2013)ダサい (2013) with Xavier WulfCreep (2013)Scumbag (2013)Cracker (2013)PaidProgramming (2013)UndergroundGods (2013) with Nasty MattDeadBoy (2014)TeenWitch (2014)Garbage (2014)Skinny (2014)Rotten (2014)SongsThatRemindYouOfHome (2015) with Dylan RossPowder (2015)Banshee (2015)HermitOfEastGrandRiver (2015)Useless (2016)PaidProgramming2 (2016)GoodForNothing (2016)SoftwareUpdate1.0 (2016)Disgrace (2017)Unrendered (2017)NoRedeemingQualities (2017)Failure (coming 2017)Krater's Atlas (coming 2017) with Xavier WulfTheManInTheRadiator (coming 2017)as SurrenderdorothyWenenveraskedforthis (2014)Nobodywantsme (2014)Itstheleastwecando (2015)Itsthethoughtthatcounts (2015)as BonesIGotABMXBikeButImNotVeryGood with Xavier WulfWeDontBelieveYou with Xavier Wulf & Chris TravisSv_Lan0 with Drip-133BlurLongTimeNoSeeTheDayYouLeaveThisPlanetNobodyWillNoticeSteveWilkosThrowsChair.mp4WhatAShameas SurrenderdorothywhatcouldpossiblygowrongIllgettothebottomofthisSuddenlyeverywordmadesenseSittinginthecarNoplacelikehomeSometimes,idontunderstandWhatgreateyesyouhaveas OREGONTRAILGOODBYE FOR NOWIF ALL ELSE FAILSWE HAVE BEEN KEEPING BUSYI ADMIT, IT HAS NOT BEEN EASYTILL THE WHITES OF MY EYES DRY OUTas Ricky a Go GoStrangerEvery NightThe Whisper Of Sweet NothingsYou Are My EverythingOn The RunYouKnowIWantYou (feat. Bones)Caves (2013) with Xavier WulfSeaBeds (2014) with Chris TravisSoThereWeStood (2015)YouShouldHaveSeenYourFace (2015)HateToBreakItToYou (2015) with Drip-133Frayed (2015)Slán (2016) with Cat Soup & Drew the ArchitectYou Are All To Blame (2016) with TeamSesh