Chicago hip-hop group Bonelang go epic with Sunny, Sonny.

Imagine rappers trying to sound like Queen, and you’re pretty close to Chicago hip-hop group Bonelang. The band’s driving forces, rapper Samy.Language and producer-vocalist Matt Bones, have always had a fondness for experimentation and grand gestures, borrowing from indie rock, jazz, and outre electronic music to create densely layered songs with disparate sounds. Bonelang have supersized that approach on their new self-released album, Sunny, Sonny. They perform their proggy, ever-changing compositions with robotic exactness, shifting between breakneck raps and honeyed singing with whiplash-inducing swiftness—and their mini opuses sometimes feel like products of a marathon writing session for a musical theater production. Occasionally the group echo Queen’s most majestic moments with their sweeping sounds, particularly the radiant array of overdubbed vocals that opens “Plateauer.” And when Bonelang’s grandiose impulses and pop-forward songwriting skills sync up—as on the lithe nu-blues single “Anvil”—they sound like they could be the biggest band in the world.”

Leor Galil • Chicago Reader


“A collaboration with Brainfeeder and Flying Lotus associate Jeremiah Jae, the track is a silky and flowing listen, peppered throughout with jazzy flourishes (think of some of Action Bronson’s singles). It’s what I imagine raindrops trickling down a windowpane in New Orleans sounds like.” —Consequence of Sound

“The best music videos offer more to dissect than provocative visuals. Such is the case with "Michelada," the latest video from Chicago-based hip-hop duo Bonelang's debut album Venn Diagrams.” –NPR


"A brooding, yet, peaceful premonition that foretells Egyptian-American lyricist Samy’s potential suicide should he ever give up music and writing, the track is an intensely personal and incredibly human view into the soul of an artist. –AFROPUNK


"Bonelang goes beyond the lights for celestial 'Mushroom Moon' experience that plays to the group’s strengths and unique sound." –VIBE


“Though Language describes the song as a “conversation” between him and his future self, it’s really more of an argument and a fiery one at that. On the third verse Language beats himself into submission before reaching a moment of clarity. Without giving away too much, “Sunflower Drips” is an exciting battle to witness. The debate between working for money and working for passion has always been a hot topic in Hip Hop. Bonelang give us a new angle by pitting Samy vs himself to weigh the options and see which side comes out on top. Oh and that sweet sweet Sax doesn’t hurt the track, either.” –EARMILK


“This poignant discourse has a lot to take in its two minute duration, but perhaps no line stands out more than “I only like the color red when it’s blood.” ...I know there will be a tipping point. Enjoy the quiet of being a part of their fanbase now… an avalanche is coming.” —TUNED UP

“...the sort of hypnotic listen that feels a modern outgrowth of hip-hop’s early fixations with jazz… that hints at a taste for the psychedelic (it’s reminiscent of a softer-around- the-edges take on the Fear and Loathing musical cocktail of lost psych-rock- rap greats New Kingdom)” –Pigeons & Planes

“Bonelang is an act that has been making some moves around their hometown of Chicago since the break of 2015 with their distinct style of hip-hop that blends aspects of electronica and turn of the millennium rap aesthetics into something that is easily digestible.” –UPROXX


“The duo combines elements of soul and hip-hop, freeform poetry, and tidbits of psychedelia to craft a unique sound unlike anything else spewing out of the City of Broad Shoulders.” –MISHKA


“Sidewinding melodies and dark passages that embrace both the outsider streak of late-aughts indie rock and the euphoria of that era’s pop manifest themselves on the new self-released EP Venn Diagrams, Pt. I.” –Chicago Reader


"Nimble, electronic-fueled rap that flows so quickly from challenging to clever you might miss the switch." –RedEye Chicago