The founder and guiding force behind Awful Records, Father is also one of the autonomous label's recording artists, a producer and rapper whose tracks are offhandedly debauched and self-effacing.
Born Centel Mangum, Father grew up in Mississippi and at the age of ten moved with his family to Atlanta. After high school, he entered college to study pharmacology but switched to art school, where he met some fellow creative personalities and launched Awful Media Group. Awful developed into a recording label, an outlet for Father established with short-form releases such as 2013's Pretty Boy Satan and the 2014 sets Teen Gohan, L1L D1DDY, and Young Hot Ebony. The latter includes "Look at Wrist," a collaboration with ILoveMakonnen that became a breakout track for Father and re-appeared later that year on Makonnen's debut for OVO Sound.
Despite major-label interest, Father kept himself and the rest of the Awful crew independent, and he continued issuing solo material that featured emergent labelmates such as Abra, Archibald Slim, Ethereal, KeithCharles Spacebar, and Slug Christ. Who's Gonna Get Fucked First? arrived in 2015 and was followed by I'm a Piece of Shit in 2016. Father continued to cultivate the Awful roster and work with developing artists, including Meltycannon, who produced his 2017 single "Hands." A stand-alone single, "Handful," arrived in September 2019. ~ Andy Kellman