Hailing from New Orleans, the $uicideboy$ are a rap duo of two cousins: Scott Arceneaux Jr. and Aristos Petrou. However, many different names and personas are used in place of their real names—for example, “Ruby Da Cherry,” “$uicide Christ,” and many more—each having individual meanings. The full list and breakdown of these aliases can be found here. $B are currently signed underground rap-based record label, G*59 Records, who have also signed Ramirez and Germ.
The boys’ discography ranges from horrorcore glitch-trap–working with heavy bass, to gloomy atmospherics and drugged-out rhymes. They began in 2014 by releasing the soon-to-be-infamous series, “Kill Yourself.” The cousins layered their twisted raps over short but snappy tracks, releasing albums and EP’s along the way; such as Black $uicide, Grey/Gray and YUNGDEATHLILLIFE in 2015.
Ruby has not always been a rapper. Before the era of $B—Ruby was a drummer in a punk-rock band who went by the name of Vapo-Rats. During an interview with No Jumper a few years after leaving the band Ruby explained his reasoning for his choice to depart from the group. During the interview, $crim said,
He was going hard with it, he was running everything
Ruby followed with:
I had to drag, like, three other people with me. They wanted to get fucked up. People aren’t hungry anymore.
Meanwhile, $crim began DJ’ing at the age of thirteen after his mother bought him a mixer. He started creating music and playing at parties which lead to hosting mixtapes with Chopper City which did not last long as he was stealing money from $crim. This leads $crim down a different path by creating a multitude of beats and spamming them to artists’ email. This was funded through his nine-til’-five and drug dealing. However, $crim was fired due to his exotic tattoos.
After $crim’s dismissal from his job Ruby approached him with the intention of forming a rap group together. Since both of them share the same hatred, they made a pact; if $B flopped and they didn’t reach commercial success, they would both commit suicide. They explained this in an interview with Mass Appeal:
This [is] our last chance, there’s no second option, if this doesn’t happen by the time I’m thirty, and that’s pushing it, like, I’m blowing my head off. No offense to anybody that works a nine-to-five, but I just can’t fucking do that all my life.
I know that this is the only life I get and I’d like to leave my mark.
Often $B incorporate samples or lyrics from famous old-school southern rappers like Juvenile, Koopsta Knicca and Lord Infamous. Their lyrics are often compared to those who were involved in the early Memphis scene, those of which typically depict a nefarious, drug orientated nature. They reflect their New Orleans upbringing in their slang, and in their annunciation/cadence. One of $crim’s idols is New Orleans Hip-Hop legend Lil Wayne, and the entire Hot Boys sound.