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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