Beck, born Bek David Campbell, comes from a family of artists and musicians. He dropped out of high school and worked menial jobs. After returning to Los Angeles in 1991, he began playing music frequently, often improvising absurd lyrics or breaking into dance.
Beck's unique hip-hop style was praised by Stephenson, who disliked his rapping attempt. Embarrassed, Beck wrote a song about losing himself, using an existing slide guitar riff and drum beat. The song has been a topic of speculation, with some arguing it's a nod to Generation X's slacker culture and others as self-deprecating indulgence. Beck maintains it's a jab at his own rap skills.
Beck has been prolific in recent years, collaborating with Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams on Hyperspace in 2019. The collaboration was inspired by the new cultural landscape brought about by technology. Beck will wrap up his tour in April 2023, playing three shows in Australia and a final performance at the High Water Festival in South Carolina.