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  • Writer's pictureHARLEY LACARDO

$uicideboy$ bring light through dark themes

Updated: Oct 4, 2023


Graphic by Harley LaCardo

Two weeks ago, I attended a $uicideboy$ concert, a band that has redefined the boundaries of underground hip-hop. The band was founded in 2014 via the music platform SoundCloud and was awarded its first RIAA platinum single in 2021.


The cousin duo rose to fame for their haunting lyrical verses, which explore the depths of pain and addiction, creating an emotional connection with their dedicated fan base. When first listening to the bands’ music, it can be taken as emo or negative music. However, these songs in particular explore emotional themes that many fans use as therapy and a way of connecting to others who have experienced similar issues.


K*** Yourself (Part III)


The song “K*** Yourself (Part III)” is a mirror of the raw emotion of depression and self-destructive thoughts that are associated with feeling like a failure and having to let go of your dreams. The song features production that complements the lyric content well with an unsettling ambiance and enhances the track’s emotional impact.


Runnin’ Thru the 7th with My Woodies


“Runnin’ Thru the 7th with My Woodies” captures the core of the struggle with substance abuse, existential thoughts, and the feeling of isolation. The track includes a hypnotic flow that draws listeners into its rhythm as the song’s energy builds gradually.” Runnin’ Thru the 7th with My Woodies” is a stereotypical $uicideboy$ track, but it captures the band’s dark essence and emotionally charged style.


Escape from BABYLON


“Escape from BABYLON” features an ethereal beat airier than many of the artist’s other works. Lyrically, the song touches on the universal human experience of searching for true love, ultimately realizing that being true to yourself is the ultimate freedom. The production brings you through a whirlwind of emotions that hold a different tone to other $uicideboy$ songs, giving this a lighter energy and flow.


Carrollton


“Carrollton” has been one of my all-time favorite $uicideboy$ songs, and this track captures the duo’s signature style of emotionally charged rap. The instrumental features a heavy bass that creates a dark atmosphere. And the lyrics again explore ideas of mental health and addictions that resonate deeply with listeners who have experienced similar struggles.


For The Last Time


The song “For The Last Time”, as with many of $uicideboy$ songs, explores the same theme of addiction and depression. However, this song received much praise from fans, and it has most often been praised for its emotional intensity and introspective approach to hip-hop. Overall, the track exemplifies the duo’s ability to create music that explores life’s darker and more complex aspects.


While $uicideboy$ already holds a strong and committed fan base, many non-listeners don’t truly understand the message of the band and the impact they have left on fans. The lyrics not only highlight the severity of addiction and depression but the effect it has on the loved ones around you. With issues like these being extremely relevant in our society, it serves as a reminder of its severity and within that, the music has brought people together.


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