DEAD CELEBRITY STATUS (@DCStatus) ‘The Throwaway Kids’

Dead Celebrity Status has col­lab­or­ated with artists such as Joss Stone, Dave Nav­arro, Steph­en Per­kins, Bif Naked, Twiggy Ramirez, Limore Twena and DJ Leth­al. They have toured extens­ively across Europe and North Amer­ica with hip hop and rock acts such as Jur­as­sic 5, Tech N9ne, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Pub­lic Enemy, De La Soul, AFI, and NOFX among oth­ers.

At a time when tomorrow’s stars are cre­ated through out­land­ish pub­li­city stunts, dis­pos­able col­or-by-num­bers music­al offer­ings, and social media pan­de­moni­um, pop­u­lar music has morph­ed into an illus­ory cir­cus of sorts. Forged in fire, Cana­dian hip-hop duo Dead Celebrity Status con­sist­ing of Yas Taal­at and Bobby McIn­toshaims to burn down pop culture’s house of mir­rors with their unique blend of pro­gress­ive hip-hop and genre bend­ing music­al­ity. And with their highly anti­cip­ated sopho­more album The Throwaway Kids (6.8.2. Records), Dead Celebrity Status is set to instig­ate a mael­strom of crit­ic­al acclaim with an unpre­ced­en­ted col­lec­tion of incen­di­ary yet pens­ive lyr­ics examin­ing the incon­gru­en­cies of 21st cen­tury life over hard hit­ting cut­ting edge inspired tracks.

The Throwaway Kids marks the tri­umphant return of Dead Celebrity Status fol­low­ing a sev­en-year hiatus. Con­sist­ently refus­ing to be boxed into the for­mu­laic pop music mod­al­it­ies of the day, the group fol­lows up their debut album Blood Music with a grit­ti­er sound envel­oped in razor sharp, crit­ic­al lyr­i­cism. The title track and lead single fash­ions itself as an anti-celebrity theme song for the under­dogs and the unsung pro­let­ari­at. Over a pulsing track, Yas and Bobby paint an illus­tri­ous lyr­ic­al por­trait con­trast­ing the polit­ic­al and celebrity haves with the have-nots of the 99%. “They Will Love You” takes it a step fur­ther by using their name to draw uncanny par­al­lels between death, the fame mon­ster, and exal­ted celebrity status. “What Have We Become” skil­fully uses a sample of Cut­ting Crew’s 1986 hit “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” over a bass heavy EDM-infused track to explic­ate the intric­a­cies of a dan­ger­ously dys­func­tion­al rela­tion­ship. The arena rock inspired “Rock­star” joc­osely points out the homo­gen­ous and nearly inter­change­able nature of many of today’s top record­ing artists and the unjustly com­prom­ised state of main­stream music. For fans that crit­ics that have long spec­u­lated on the Pro­ject Wyze break up and their six-year hiatus, “Noth­ing In Com­mon” finds Yas and Bobby chron­ic­ling their chal­lenges with the major label sys­tem and their incess­ant fight to remain true to their own artist­ic prin­ciples.

Yas Taal­at says, “When we released our first album, it was what the title said, Blood Music – music is blood, blood is oxy­gen – music is our blood­line. With Throwaway Kids, it means just that. Throwaway kids are everything that goes against the norms. We are the over­looked, the for­got­ten, the mis­un­der­stood and the neg­lected. We are for the out­casts, the punks, the rebels, the bul­lied and the sub­cul­tures – we are all things socially con­scious.”

The Throwaway Kids is an excep­tion­al turn­ing point for a group that has con­sist­ently pushed the envel­ope with their sound and mes­sage for nearly a dec­ade. While the sound of the group is deeply rooted in hip-hop cul­ture, Dead Celebrity Status aims to expand their para­met­ers on The Throwaway Kids by imple­ment­ing a mel­li­flu­ous mix­ture of elec­tron­ic influ­ences, new wave pop, and indie rock. The album also finds the group explor­ing new hori­zons in join­ing the roster of 6.8.2. Records — home of legendary hip-hop artists KRS-One, Grand Puba, and Sad­at X.  Over the course of 12 tracks, the album illus­trates the con­tin­ued evol­u­tion in the remark­able career of a duo that has inspired a move­ment towards dis­mant­ling the smoke and mir­rors of pop cul­ture. It is the water­mark of a group unafraid to take chances and will­ing to chal­lenge the status quo. It is a pro­gress­ive new sound poised to vault Dead Celebrity Staus into the hearts and minds of an audi­ence lan­guish­ing in a music­al desert of mediocrity and mal­aise. And des­pite its eph­em­er­al title, The Throwaway Kids has an inher­ent redeem­ing value that will res­on­ate with a wider legion of fol­low­ers ready for a long over­due music­al revolu­tion.



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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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