Los Angeles-based duo THEY. defy easy categorization with a deft blend of R&B, hip-hop, rock, and pop spawned by such varied influences as Nirvana, New Edition, Ed Sheeran, Taking Back Sunday, and James Brown. Blurring the genre lines, the pair first made waves with their contribution on Zhu's 2015 Genesis Series track "Working for It," which also featured Skrillex. Much like that song's mixture of sounds, their own music aimed to surprise and manipulate expectations. THEY. were formed by Denver producer Dante and Washington, D.C. producer/vocalist Drew Love. They both arrived in Los Angeles separately, choosing different songwriting paths: while Drew wrote for R&B singers like Chris Brown and Jeremih, Dante lent his talents to artists like will.i.am and Kelly Clarkson, even winning a Grammy for his work on Clarkson's "Mr. Know-It-All." After a chance meeting, Drew and Dante combined their talents and decided to officially form an act. Once the Zhu track built a large online following -- racking up millions of streams -- they released their debut EP, Nü Religion, in late 2015. The three-song effort featured heavy guitar effects, atmospheric production, and a combination of woozy singing and rapping, like the Weeknd, the-Dream, and Mind of a Genius labelmate Gallant. In 2016, they released "Say When," a biting indictment of police brutality against black Americans that layered jagged guitar and Drew's gritty rapping. The ominous "Deep End" followed months later as THEY. were in the midst of a world tour with Bryson Tiller. These tracks would appear on their debut full-length, Nü Religion: HYENA, which arrived in early 2017. The pair returned the following year with a pair of singles, "Thrive" and "Ain't the Same." ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 24, 2017 | Mind of a Genius - Warner Bros.
Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter duo Dante Jones and Drew Love, better known as THEY., present their debut record Nü Religion: Hyena. Having already achieved some success creating beats for artists like Chris Brown and will.i.am, the release follows their 2015 EP Nu Religion, which saw their music described as "grunge'n'b" on account of their blend of atmospheric R&B and hip-hop peppered with guitars. The lead single "U-RITE" exemplifies the kind of gritty beats and vocals that THEY. specialize in on their first long-player. ~ Bekki Bemrose
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