5 Things you didn't know about BROCKHAMPTON.
BROCKHAMPTON redefined what it's like to be a boy band in the USA, end of the argument. Forget the idea of a pop song that gets stuck in your head with white boys doing choreography, not that it's bad, but the group from San Marcos (TX), showed the world something truly new.
They are 14 guys in their 20s who are experimenting with hip hop and mixing other genres, releasing one album after another, topping the charts with songs about LGBTQ+ love and other personal experiences. Led by Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Jabari Manwa, Kiko Merley, Ashlan Grey, “HK” Sileshi, Merlyn Wood, Bearface, Robert Ontinient, Romil Hemnani, Dom McLennon, and finally JOBA, they proudly describe themselves as diverse, among blacks, whites, gays and heterosexuals, the dream team of the new generations.
Social media represents the homogenization of culture while the streetwear in the Gen-Z community chooses to keep on delivering unique styling that doesn't fit into anything homogeneous or disposable – and BROCKHAMPTON is most def the personification of that.
Watch and listen to any of their music videos to understand that this creativity is reflected in every timeless and smooth drip and some Yeezy's, classic suede NB's, and Vans' sneakers they wear.
If you are a fan since their first album or a curious streamer, this is your chance to get to meet 5 things you may not know about them yet. To get you in the zone, tap play with zero regrets. 👇💿
1. They all met at a Kanye West forum.
In 2011, Kevin Abstract was part of the KanyeToThe forum and posted “Anybody wanna make a band?” which resulted in a group of more than 30 people called Alive Since. In 2015, the formation we all know emerged.
2. They (obvs) reached the Billboard Hot 100 with 'SUGAR'.
Considered one of the most focused tapes of the group so far, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine maintains sensitivity, melody, and shorter songs. Pitchfork said the album is impressive, catchy, and without the usual mess, it's possible to feel the happy or melancholic confessions.
Their sixth album comes after the whirlwind of 'SUGAR', the silky single that won TikTok before it reached the Billboard Hot 100 and has been streamed more than 300 million times on Spotify.
3. A webmaster and a graphic designer are part of the group.
Despite being a group of 14, only 7 sing. This does not mean that producer Romil Hemnani, graphic designer HK, photographer Ashlan Gray, production duo Jabari Manwa and Kiko Merley, manager Jon Nunes, VFX engineer Kevin Doan, and web designer Roberto Ontenient are not part of the band, because they are.
4. Lil Nas X is a true inspiration.
In a recent interview with the LA Times about cancel culture and LGBTQ+ people in music, Abstract said he was inspired by Lil Nas X's Montero. “Seeing him be happy while being gay while being a Black man. It's not a Brokeback Mountain story where he's sad.” He considers that Brockhampton has opened doors for gay rappers and that he'd like to do something as pop as (Call Me By Your Name).
5. Last but not least, the Saturation Trilogy But Only Matt Champion.
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