Haven’t heard of The Internet? No, not the link to billions of devices worldwide, the jazzy sounds of R&B/soul. The band The Internet has made quite a buzz in the music world, especially in relation to R&B. If these free-flowing, mood-setting sounds haven’t been in your playlist lately, you are missing out.
Before The Internet, there was Odd Future, an American hip hop collective forming in Los Angeles in 2007. The collective was formed and led by rapper and producer Tyler, The Creator, and included rappers Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Mike G, singer, songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd Tha Kyd, Matt Martians, Pyramid Vritra and other non-musical members. From this group, smaller groups were created inside the collective, one of them being The Internet.
September 2013 was when their second album Feel Good was released. The band received more praise from fans and critics. The first single from the album, “Give It Time”, was released through Odd Future’s official SoundCloud and on June 10, 2013; the band backed Mac Miller in London in promotion of his second album.
It has been officially a year since The Internet put out their third album Ego Death. It was released June 26, 2015 is the album that really got the bands name widespread acclaim. Matt Martians on NPR said about the album’s title: “A lot of people that we know [are] just having their egos checked in many ways. Some people losing their jobs when, last year, they were at the top of the mountain; certain people’s careers going in different directions that they didn’t anticipate. And just kind of two words that you want people to think about these days, because we do have a lot of people who, on the Internet — whether it’s Instagram, Twitter — it’s a lot of egos that are really based on nothing backing it up.”
Ego Death got the group a 2015 Soul Train Centric Certified Award nominee and a nominee for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The band mentioned how they finally found their sound through the production and creation of this album, which probably explains the natural progression of The Internet’s success. Recently, they made an appearance at the BET Awards June 26, 2016 due to their nomination.
The deep grooving raw voice of lead singer Syd Tha Kyd connects to her band mates in the smoothest way. There’s no doubt this hypnotic group will continue making their presence in the R&B world.