Photographer - Carl Caligar

Creative Director, Stylist - Skylar Reed

In 2012, an eccentric new voice emerged from the midwest of hip-hop music in the U.S. BXTH’s latest project BOTHSUCKS (EP) stood out from the cornfields; it was their 2015 label debut through Make Believe Recordings, not just beats and rhymes, but soulful kicks, drums, deep bass, and conscious flow. In an age of gimmicks BXTH only gives authentic love and passion creating a brilliance in their dynamic style in music. Skylar Reed (aka Scky Rei) and Nate Asad (aka INFNTLP) stumbled upon their journey together after meeting through a mutual friend Brandon (“Beezy”) Taylor. There was instant chemistry from their mutual love of J.Dilla, Madlib, 9th Wonder and more. In 2012 the duo worked out a test run with Scky Rei’s solo project “Pronounced Sky+Ree.” It quickly caught the attention of Make Believe Recording’s Keith Rodger after listening to the project in L.A. for its distinctive sound of raw storytelling, futuristic boom-bap beats, and soul-driven hip-hop music. BXTH began to make their presence felt, with their love for music and soulful vibrations both in recording and in live performance.

 

2014 saw their independent self-titled release of the BOTH mixtape, with two of the twelve tracks featuring Los Angeles artist Chuck Maloney (formerly Dusty Chucks) and Chicago's savemoney member KAMI (formerly Kami De Chukwu). This project led into touring throughout the Midwest, including dates with rock legends Desaparecidos and Neva Dinova. The project also landed them a nominee for Best Hip-Hop/Rap for the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards.

 

In 2015, curiosity grew about the duo and they began playing to larger and larger crowds. These shows include sharing the stage with Kid Ink, Icky Blossoms, Young Fathers, Mas Ysa, Joey Fatts, Maxo Kream, Saba, and plenty more. After supporting Twinsmith on a few dates in spring, Scky and Loop went on to play in festivals such as Maha Music Festival, Indy Festival (KC), Lincoln Calling, Holland Stages Festival, and Grassroots Festival. The exposure gained from playing with artists from Atmosphere to Mac Miller and Kid Cudi really put the duo into focus on following their label debut release through Make Believe Recordings. The BOTHSUCKS EP hit iTunes on August 7th with high anticipation that landed them three OEAA nominations for Best Hip-Hop/Rap, Album Of The Year, and Artist Of The Year. The duo took home two out of three awards in 2016 for both Artist Of The Year and Best Hip-Hop/Rap.

 

Scky Rei and INFNTLP are headed back into the studio, taking their time touches to their forthcoming project, setting out on a building bigger North American tours and working on singles along the way for the fans to enjoy. Stay tuned for what BXTH has in store next.

EVOLUTION OF BXTH (fka BOTH) 2013 - Present

 

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