Don't Sleep On THEY. : Genre-Blending Hip-Hop Duo

Don't Sleep On THEY.

This is the first in our new “Don’t Sleep On” series which aims to highlight rising artists who have been putting out continuous, amazing music. The goal of this series is to give a more in-depth look at up-and-coming artists that should you should know more about. An artist you shouldn't be sleeping on.

Although most artists take time to develop their sound, some hit the ground running and make a statement with their debut release. Forward thinking duo THEY. have caught our full attention since their introductory three-track EP, Nu Religion that dropped in Oct. 2015. They've kept a steady flow of impressive singles leading up to their forthcoming debut full-length album Nu Religion : HYENAdue Feb. 24. We've decided to highlight what they've done leading up to their most ambitious project to date.

THEY. - Nu Religion EP 

THEY. reside on the independent, tastemaker label Mind of a Genius alongside the likes of ZHU and Gallant. The LA-based duo pairs the talents of Colorado native Dante Jones on production with Washington D.C.'s Drew Love handling the vocal duties. 

While the phrases “genre-blending” or “genre-defying” get tossed around pretty frequently, THEY. embody the terms to a tee, blending a futuristic approach of R&B and Rap with incredibly unique production mixing hip-hop and rock with a splash of electronic elements. Their raw energy is matched by gentle emotion as they manage to somehow create music that’s hard-hitting and melodic at the same time. 

THEY. appeared on ZHU’s “Working For It” Collaboration with Skrillex that’s racked up over 100 million streams on Spotify alone. Since this release we’ve heard a string of album singles “Deep End”, “Say When”, "What You Want" and "U-RITE", which is a favorite of ours and was accompanied by an incredible music video filmed entirely in Colorado. Continue below for our interview with THEY. and stay tuned for Nu Religion : HYENA. on Feb. 24.

THEY. - Say When 

THEY. - Deep End

THEY. - What You Want

THEY. - U-RITE | Official Music Video

Interview questions:

What made you guys decide to create a collaborative project?

There was a mutual desire to wanna create something people hadn't heard before . It's easy to talk about how weak the music scene is without doing anything to shift it . 

What is your approach when you hit the studio together, do you have a consistent ritual or is it different every time?

It's different every time and it should be , can't get too stuck in your ways it only limits you .

How did you connect with the Mind Of A Genius record label?

Zhu is a close friend of ours and upon listening to our first demos he urged us to play it for David Dann (MOAG label owner). Not too long after that we were a part of the family .

How did your collaboration “Working For it” with ZHU and Skrillex come about. What was the creative process like?

Zhu approached us and played us the record and told us it was still missing something . We threw on a little sauce and it ended up being a huge record . The song was already awesome . We were just glad to be able to put our 2 cents in . 

What was it like for your first tour being in front of sold out crowds with Bryson Tiller?

Completely unforgettable . You can't describe or match an experience like that or  the vision and perspective it gives you to  further hone your craft . We're the new definition of what it means to be a band . The tour was a great launchpad and were forever thankful to be a part of the whole thing .

What is the story behind your debut album and how does it feel to get this out there?

The album is about freedom of expression, believing in yourself, and not holding back. Drew and I took a lot of risks on this album and covered a lot of genres. We are excited to display the diversity an artist can have in one project.

Thissongissick Is Expanding The Team In 2017 (Writers, Photographers, Graphic Designers & More)

Expanding the team

Thank you everyone for so much support over the years, 2017 is looking to be truly monumental with our company entering its 7th year and we just moved into our beautiful new office here in Denver, Colorado. We have so many exciting projects we can’t wait to share with you all, and these come with expanding the team in a variety of ways. See our current opportunities below. We’re excited to be bringing some of you on our team this year!

Writers: First is writing, we are looking for a few select die-hard music lovers to add to our close knit team. We are looking for both well-rounded music lovers as well as experts specialized in specific sub-genres within the Electronic, Hip-Hop and Indie worlds. We are also looking for someone who has background in editorials and interviews.

More info and link to writer application here.

Photographers / Videographers: We are looking into bringing on select photographers and videographers for both local needs in select cities, and national needs at various festivals across the country including Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, SXSW and many more...

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Graphic Designers: We are looking for someone who's interested in building their graphic design portfolio. You will be contributing directly to not only our website, but our other social media outlets as well. Through this job, you will be able to see your work displayed on our many platforms, creating hundreds of thousands of online impressions a week. It is an opportunity for you to create content that will be viewed by a massive audience. 

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Brand ambassadors : Do you like free concert tickets, meeting some of your favorite artists and getting free artist merch? Sign up to join the team presenting shows in 2017 such as Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown, SNAILS’ Sluggtopia, and Zeds Dead’s Dead Rocks all being held at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, plus many more shows! Past artists who have played at TSIS shows include Skrillex, Big Gigantic, GRiZ, DJ SNAKE, Marshmello, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Jauz, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, Tchami, Joey Bada$$ amongst many more. Becoming a Brand Ambassador is one of the few ways to get your foot in the door and begin to make a name for yourself in this ultra-competitive industry. This is also a great way to support the artists you love in a hands-on way while receiving free tickets to events, artist meet & greets, merch packs and more! While this is going to be starting only in Colorado where we have a majority of our live events, it will be expanding to other cities in 2017, so feel free to submit your info now no matter your location. Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity and apply today!


More info and link to Brand Ambassador program application here.


Music Discovery Intern: Do you have a passion for finding the newest and hottest music and sharing it with your friends? If so, then please take a minute to explore this application to become the newest member of the This Song Is Sick family, as a Music Discovery Intern. We are looking for someone who is incredibly well versed in the world of up-and-coming producers and musicians. Ideally, this person knows how trends in electronic music and hip-hop are developing, and what artists are going to be shaping the next generation of music. Once accepted for this internship, you will become one of TSIS’s most valuable assets, bringing new incredible musical talent to the forefront of discussion on a daily basis. Your work will directly influence the way that our site is developing, and you will be responsible for aiding our writers in finding and covering the hottest new trendsetters in the industry. Must live in Colorado or be willing to travel to Colorado

More info and link to Music Discovery intern application here.


Social Media Intern: Do you believe that you have mastered the art of social media? Do you have a knack for building a following and keeping them engaged on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? If you do then this is your opportunity for you. 

This Song Is Sick is looking for one motivated and passionate social media enthusiast to become our next Social Media Intern. This position will entail taking creative control over several of TSIS’s social media platforms. Must live in Colorado or be willing to travel to Colorado

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13 Of Frank Ocean's Throwback Collaborations With Tyler, The Creator & Odd Future

Frank Ocean Odd Future

After years of waiting, Frank Ocean finally released his long-awaited albums Endless and Blonde that had us more excited than ever on his music as we revisited his discography. Frank Ocean’s cohesive albums have earned the elusive artist a die-hard fanbase over the years. With his full-length projects Blond / Endless, Channel Orange, and Nostalgia, Ultra being his most prominent works, his very early contributions as a member of Odd Future can be overlooked or forgotten. Now it's been a few months since his recent albums dropped, we decided it would be good to highlight some of these works with Odd Future.

Frank Ocean being a part of Odd Future was never a perfect fit, but worked well anyway. The offensive LA hip-hop collective was a group of young oddballs who were brought together under the group’s mastermind, Tyler, The Creator. The crew of rebellious young artists had a defiant and often obnoxious attitude that fueled their desire to make their own lane and build a movement.  Frank took on the role of an older brother figure for many of OF’s members and was an integral part of the collective.

Frank was a rare R&B member of the collective that didn’t exactly fit with the aggressive rap that was coming out of the group. However, being a part of OF exposed frank to Tyler and OF’s die-hard fans and blog hype that helped launch his initial recognition. Many of Tyler’s rambunctious young fans were introduced to Frank with many maturing and growing an appreciation for his music although it was much different from the other releases coming from his affiliates. 

Frank has surprisingly gone on to be the most successful member of the group. We thought it would be fun to go back in time and revisit Frank’s Odd Future contributions. Enjoy!

Odd Future - Oldie | Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (2012)

Earl Sweatshirt - Sunday (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Doris (2013)

Tyler, The Creator - Partyisntover / Campfire / Bimmer (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Wolf (2013)

Tyler, The Creator - Slater (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Wolf (2013)

Odd Future - Analog 2 (Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean & Syd) | Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (2012)

Odd Future - White (Frank Ocean) | Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (2012)

Odd Future - Snow White (Hodgy Beats & Frank Ocean) | Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 (2012)

Tyler, The Creator - She (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Goblin (2011)

Tyler, The Creator - Window (Ft. Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats & Mike G) | Goblin (2011)

Domo Genesis - Steamroller (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Rolling Papers (backing vocals)

Mellowhype - Rico (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Blackenedwhite (2011)

Mellowhype - Hell (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Blackandwhite (2011)

Hellowhype - Astro (Ft. Frank Ocean) | Numbers (2012)


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