Father rose to prominence as part of Awful Records, an independent record label and creative collective he founded with a group of friends in Atlanta, Georgia. He met most members of Awful while he was attending Georgia State University, studying chemistry. Awful, as a collective, formed in 2011 and recorded with each other shortly thereafter. However, he only began posting his music on SoundCloud in 2013. His breakout single was 2014’s “Look at Wrist”, featuring iLoveMakonnen and Key!. He released his mixtape Young Hot Ebony in September the same year.


Father unexpectedly released his debut studio album Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First? in 2015. Pitchfork described the project’s style as “aggressively minimal, leaving [Father] room to experiment with rhythm and timing to better effect”. His next album, I’m A Piece of Shit, was released in 2016. Pitchfork characterized the album as an attempt to “forswear his debauched lifestyle” that was portrayed in the previous album. Following the I’m A Piece of Shit tour in late 2016, Father would begin to record a new album entitled Mad as Hell, but it was later shelved. Feeling uninspired, Father would relocate from Atlanta to Los Angeles to record new material.

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