Brockhampton performing in 2018; from left to right: Merlyn Wood, Kevin Abstract, Joba, Matt Champion, Dom McLennon, Ameer Vann, and Romil Hemnani
|Origin||San Marcos, Texas, U.S.|
Brockhampton (stylized in all caps) is an American rap collective formed in San Marcos, Texas, in 2015 and currently based in California. Led by Kevin Abstract, Brockhampton formed partially through the online forum "KanyeToThe", and are regarded as a boy band. In specifically labeling themselves in this way, as the members have repeatedly emphasized in interviews and on social media, they aim to redefine the word, as their style does not fit neatly into the "boy band stereotype". Complex magazine describes the group as "gay, black, white, DIY, ambitious, all-inclusive, and would-be pop stars," and this diversity is what largely distinguishes their lyrics and sound. The group consists of vocalists Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, and Dom McLennon, vocalists/producers Joba and Bearface, and producers Romil Hemnani, Jabari Manwa, and Kiko Merley (the latter two of which function as the duo Q3), as well as graphic designer Henock "HK" Sileshi, photographer Ashlan Grey, web designer Roberto Ontenient (who also features prominently in voice skits), and manager Jon Nunes.
The group released their first mixtape All-American Trash in 2016. Their debut studio album, Saturation, was released on June 9, 2017, followed by Saturation II on August 25 and Saturation III on December 15. On March 30, 2018, Brockhampton announced that they had signed a record deal under the label RCA Records. Their fourth album, Iridescence, was released on September 21, 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album is also the first in their second trilogy, known as "The Best Years of Our Lives".
On July 18 2019, Brockhampton officially announced their fifth album, Ginger, giving it a release date of August.On July 31st, they released the first single for the album, titled "I Been Born Again", alongside with a music video. Another single and music video was released on August 7 2019, titled "If You Pray Right".
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
2010–2014: Formation and AliveSinceForever
Although not all of them were a part of the original group, Kevin Abstract, Ameer Vann, Joba, Matt Champion, and Merlyn Wood met as teenagers, as they all attended Woodlands High School in Texas. In 2010, Abstract made a post on the KanyeLive online forum (now known as KanyeToThe) asking if anyone wanted to form a band, to which over 30 users responded. After this AliveSinceForever was then formed, although the band only went active in 2012. In 2013, AliveSinceForever released their debut EP album, The ASF EP. The lineup consisted of Abstract, Vann, Dom McLennon, and Mic Kurb (later known as Rodney Tenor). At the end of 2014, AliveSinceForever disbanded to rebrand as Brockhampton.
2014–2016: Name change and All-American Trash
Following the release of Abstract's MTV1987, AliveSinceForever rebranded as Brockhampton and added several new members, some of whom were recruited through the Kanye West fan forum KanyeToThe. In January 2015, Brockhampton released their debut single, "Bet I" accompanied by a video directed by members Henock "HK" Sileshi and Franklin Mendez. "Bet I" was removed from all streaming platforms in 2017, although the music video can still be found on YouTube. On June 16, 2015, Brockhampton released their second single, "Hero". That same month, Brockhampton won the VFiles Loud contest, winning them a professionally directed music video for their next single "Dirt", released through Fool's Gold Records. On March 24, 2016, Brockhampton released their debut mixtape, All-American Trash for free. The project focuses on highlighting the group's individual members, and was led by the music video "Flip Mo", performed by Merlyn Wood and featuring Dom McLennon.
2017: Saturation trilogy
In January 2017, Brockhampton released a new standalone single and music video, "Cannon". In May 2017, Brockhampton released "Face", the first single and video promoting their debut album Saturation. Throughout the month, Brockhampton released several singles and music videos in promotion of the album, including "Heat", "Gold", and "Star", all of which were directed by Abstract and shot locally in their neighborhood of South Central, Los Angeles, California. The same month, it was announced that Brockhampton was going to be the subject of the upcoming Viceland series American Boyband, set to premiere June 8, 2017. A standalone music video, titled "Lamb" was released on June 8, 2017. Saturation was released on June 9, 2017 to critical acclaim, and brought new attention to the group.
Following the release of Saturation, Abstract stated that Brockhampton were already working on a follow up, tentatively titled Saturation II and was set to be released in August. On August 1, 2017, Brockhampton released the debut single and video from Saturation II, titled "Gummy". A week later, they released the second single and video, titled "Swamp". On August 15, they released the third single, titled "Junky", and later that day, they announced via Twitter the release date for Saturation II.
The album's final single and video "Sweet" was released on August 22. This was followed the same day by the surprise release of "Follow", after which Abstract announced via Twitter that the Saturation Trilogy would be concluded with Saturation III. Saturation II was released on August 25 to further acclaim and attention.
On December 1, Brockhampton officially announced Saturation III as their final studio album; however, the group later clarified that this was not a literal statement, and they were likely to release further albums. On December 12, they released the album's lead single and video, entitled "Boogie". On December 14, 2017, Brockhampton announced their fourth studio album, Team Effort, slated for release in 2018, along with a new single from Saturation III, "Stains". Saturation III was released on December 15 to even further critical acclaim. The group also filmed a self-funded, self-made feature-length movie to celebrate the Saturation trilogy, directed by Kevin Abstract himself.
2018–2019: Ameer Vann's departure and Iridescence
In March 2018, Brockhampton announced that Team Effort had been delayed indefinitely, and that they would instead release their fourth studio album Puppy in mid-2018. The next week, they announced via social media that they had signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records. Billboard reported that according to label sources, the deal was worth more than $15 million for six albums over three years.
Puppy was delayed following allegations of sexual misconduct against founding member Ameer Vann. Although Vann admitted to being mentally and verbally abusive, he denied allegations of sexual abuse. On May 27, Brockhampton announced that Vann would no longer be a part of the group, stating that they "were lied to" and apologizing "for not speaking up sooner". The group canceled the remainder of their tour dates, including an appearance at the Governors Ball Music Festival.
On June 20, the band appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in their late night television debut, and their first performance since announcing Vann's departure. They debuted the track "Tonya", accompanied by guest vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Ryan Beatty and Serpentwithfeet, as well as revealing the new title of their upcoming album, The Best Years of Our Lives. Following the performance the band resumed their summer tour, headlining the Agenda Festival in Long Beach, California. The next month the group announced a Beats 1 radio show Things We Lost in the Fire Radio, promising "new music all summer". The show's first episode was aired on July 6, 2018, featuring the debut of single "1999 Wildfire", released that day with an accompanying music video. The track features vocals by Jazze Pha. On July 18, the single "1998 Truman" was debuted as a part of the show's second episode. A music video for the track was released later that day. On July 27, the group released the single "1997 Diana", accompanied by a music video. Later that day the song was featured on the third episode of Things We Lost in the Fire Radio, alongside the unfinished track "Don't Be Famous". On August 26, 2018, the group announced that a new album titled Iridescence, recorded in Abbey Road Studios, would be released in September. The band also announced dates of their "i'll be there" tour, which began on October 3, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona, concluding on December 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Iridescence was officially released on September 21, consisting of fifteen new songs, including the revamped version of "Tonya" without Sullivan and Beatty, who lent vocals during the debut performance of the song four months earlier. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 on September 30, 2018, becoming Brockhampton's first chart-topping album. In January 2019, the band received their first ever nomination for the "Best International Group" at the BRIT Awards, which took place at The O2 Arena on February 20, 2019.
Weeks after Abstract's ARIZONA BABY release, Abstract revealed on an Instagram story that Brockhampton is making another album. On July 1st, Brockhampton posted a snippet of presumably one of the songs off of the new album on Twitter. On July 18, Brockhampton tweeted another snippet, this time revealing the album title, Ginger, and a release month of August. On July 31, they released their first single from the album, "I Been Born Again". A second single for Ginger was released alongside a music video on August 7, 2019.
- Kevin Abstract – vocals, production, video direction, creative direction (2015–present)
- Matt Champion – vocals (2015–present)
- Merlyn Wood – vocals (2015–present)
- Dom McLennon – vocals, production (2015–present)
- Joba – vocals, production, mixing, mastering (2015–present)
- Bearface – vocals, guitar, production (2015–present)
- Romil Hemnani – production, recording engineering, DJing (2015–present)
- Q3 – production (2015–present)
- Jabari Manwa
- Kiko Merley
- Henock "HK" Sileshi – creative direction, graphic design (2015–present)
- Robert "Roberto" Ontenient – web design (2015–present), skit vocals (2017)
- Jon Nunes – management (2015–present)
- Ashlan Grey – photography (2016–present)
- Kevin Doan – VFX, production assistant (2017-present)
- Ameer Vann – vocals (2015–18)
- Rodney Tenor – vocals (2015–16)
- Albert Gordon – production (2015–16)
- All-American Trash Documentary (2016)
- American Boyband (2017)
- Billy Star (2017)
- The Longest Summer in America (2018)
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