Brockhampton is an American musical collective and self-styled “boy band” formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015 and currently based in California. Led by Kevin Abstract, Brockhampton formed in an online forum, leading them to be called “the Internet’s first boy band. The band released their first mixtape All-American Trash in 2016, their first album Saturation on June 9, 2017, their second album Saturation II on August 25, 2017, with a third, Saturation III, released on December 15, 2017. The group has built a dedicated fan base, and has received critical acclaim.
Following the release of Abstract’s MTV1987, AliveSinceForever rebranded as Brockhampton and added several new members, some of which were recruited through 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. However, as of 2017, “BET I” has been removed off all streaming platforms. 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.
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 September 14, 2017 Abstract revealed that the trilogy would be released as a boxset alongside a collection of unreleased demos prior to the year’s end.
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”. The album released on December 15.
LOSING YOUR MIND
Raury Deshawn Tullis (born June 10, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Raury, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his eclectic sound mixing soul, hip hop and folk.
Raury graduated from Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia. He was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was also a member to the C5 Georgia Youth Foundation
On August 25, 2014, Raury released his first mixtape, titled Indigo Child. On the same year, he announced that he signed a deal with Columbia Records. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015. In 2014, New Zealand singer Lorde invited Raury to contribute his vocals on the song “Lost Souls”, which was included on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. In January 2015, he was placed at number 4 on the list for the BBC’s Sound of 2015. In 2015, Raury was featured on the cover of XXLmagazine for the 2015 Freshman Class. On October 16, 2015, Raury released his debut studio album, titled All We Need. His song, called “Crystal Express” (which was taken from his album All We Need) appeared on the video game FIFA 16. “Devils Whisper” (which also was taken from his album All We Need) was used for the trailer of the popular Coronation Street storyline. In 2016 Raury went on tour as a support act for the rapper Macklemore. The song “God’s Whisper” appears in the motion pictures American Honey, Lucy and Collide. The song “Devil’s Whisper” appeared in the film Logan
Duckwrth is an American hip hop artist from Los Angeles, California.
Duckwrth released a split project with The Kickdrums in 2015 titled Nowhere. In 2016, Duckwrth released his first full-length album titled I’m Uugly
XTRA UUGLY is about being unapologetically you. Walking in full UUGLY stride, screaming “No matter what they say, I DO IT anyway!”. This is the anthem for your rebellion. Smash the ordinary into pieces, and after that, build your own dreams. Not because you can but because you have to.
BABY I’M BLEEDING
The world’s full of fucked up shit. And music, which is supposed to be a form of protest, isn’t much help at all: You’ve got your Drake songs, which lull you into spending your time complaining about text message threads, and you’ve got your Death Grips, which is just busy getting Reddit threads up in a tizzy. That’s where JPEGMAFIA comes in.
A recent transplant to Baltimore, JPEGMAFIA makes music that’s explosive and boundary-pushing. His production is full of distorted sounds that rattle and decay, pushing at the boundaries of what’s comfortable to listen to, and he raps in modes that shift from sing-song, heavily processed sonic experiments to pure shouting, his lyrics landing like Molotov cocktails. His voice stretches out in sensual croaks and angry barks, seemingly all recorded inside a boiler room. Song titles like “I Just Killed A Cop Now I’m Horny” give an idea of where he’s going with it all.
On his new project Black Ben Carson, named for the Republican presidential candidate who promises to Heal, Inspire, and Revive America (who, in case you missed the joke, is the only major black candidate in the race), JPEGMAFIA pushes to extremes and steps back for moments of personal reflection. JPEGMAFIA, whose real name is Barrington Devaughn Hendricks, grew up in New York before moving to Alabama as a teenager, where he started making music with a rudimentary setup in Audacity. “Most of my experience with racism comes from living in the South,” he explained over email. He enlisted in the military and spent four years deployed in Kuwait, Iraq, Germany, and Japan, moving to Japan afterwards and continuing to work on music. He recently returned to the US and ended up in Baltimore, shortly before the Freddie Gray protests last year. He’s since become a fixture on the local scene, and local collaborators like Butch Dawson make appearances on Black Ben Carson
4R DA SQUAW
Isaiah Rashad McClain (born May 16, 1991), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rashad began taking rapping seriously in tenth grade, where he and his friends would record on laptops. He spent the next few years recording at local recording studios. His first big break would be touring with rappers Juicy J, Joey Badass and Smoke DZA among others, on the 2012 Smoker’s Club Tour. He is also a founding member of the Chattanooga hip hop collective The House along with fellow Chattanooga rapper TUT and a member of the Chicago hip hop collective The Village along with artist Kembe X, Alex Wiley and more.
In March 2013, Rashad signed to Carson, California-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment. On January 28, 2014, he released Cilvia Demo, his first extended play, via digital distribution. Cilvia Demo was met with widespread acclaim from music criticsand debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard 200. Off the buzz from the release of the EP, Rashad was named to the 2014 XXL freshman class. On September 2, 2016, he released his debut studio album, The Sun’s Tirade, to widespread critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
“I didn’t play magic cards or anything like that. I wasn’t all that into sports. I’ve been only interested in music for my entire life.” That’s no platitude: The 19-year-old Madison, Wis. native doesn’t go to parties & economizes in conversation. Trapo quite literally lives in the studio; he started recording and mixing his own self-assured experiments from his bedroom in the fifth grade. Trap released his debut mixtape, The Black Beverly Hills, in the fourth quarter of 2015, garnering ‘best new artist’ designations from Pigeons & Planes and BBC Radio 1. He followed the self-described “short project about Black prosperity” with SHE, a nine-track EP with nine different narratives about impulsive romance and unrequited love. SHE spawned the single “Chicago,” which rose to No. 2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Tracks chart in April 2016. Trapo released his studio album, Shade Trees, in November 2016, with a headlining tour & his own line of merchandise. The ambitious study in escapism received praise from NPR & XXL, the latter of which predicted a breakout 2017 for the bubbling phenom. Trapo is a 100-percent independent artist who releases music through his own LLC. His next project, Ford 4 Door, is on its way.
Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy. He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current moniker. Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016,which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards. Apart from his solo career, Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He is accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and drums, and also serve as backing vocalists.
Jaden Smith | Album: Syre | Released: 2017 | Genre
Jaden Smith | Album: Syre | Released: 2017 | Genre
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American actor, rapper, singer and songwriter. He is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Jaden Smith’s first movie role was with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. He also acted in the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, and was in the 2013 film After Earth with his father.
Vincent Jamal Staples (born July 2, 1993) is an American rapper from the Ramona Park area of North Long Beach, California. He is a member of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow Californian rappers Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts. Staples was once a close associate of Odd Future, in particular Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt. He is currently signed to Blacksmith Records, ARTium Recordings and Def Jam Recordings.
Staples rose to prominence with appearances on albums by Odd Future members and his collaborative mixtape titled Stolen Youth with Mac Miller, who produced the project. In October 2014, he released his debut EP Hell Can Wait, which included the singles “Hands Up” and “Blue Suede”. His debut album, Summertime ’06, was released on June 30, 2015, to critical acclaim. He was also featured as a part of the XXL 2015 Freshman Class. His second album Big Fish Theory incorporates avant-garde, dance and electronic influences. It was released on June 23, 2017, to further acclaim from critics
Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith (born August 3, 1988), better known by his stage name DRAM (an acronym for Does Real Ass Music, previously DRAMA j), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor from Hampton, Virginia. He is signed to Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution. His debut single was “Cha Cha”, followed by his breakout single “Broccoli”, featuring Lil Yachty, which peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. In October 2016, he released his debut studio album, Big Baby DRAM
Teetering on the line of quirky and cool, Khary is a truly unique rapper. The Rhode Island native spent his teen years at open mics and sneaking into hip-hop clubs to perform.
After relocating to New York, he gradually made the transition from an intern to a full on artist. Khary details this journey on his 2016 project, Intern Aquarium, which he followed up with an EP in the following year titled, Tidal Graves.
He has shared the stage with the likes of Tory Lanez, Kyle, Mura Masa, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, Waka Flocka, and comedian Jermaine Fowler.
Currently, Khary is wrapping an album which is due out in early 2018.
Victor Kwesi Mensah (born June 6, 1993), better known by his stage name Vic Mensa, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is currently signed to Roc Nation and was a member of the group Kids These Days, which broke up in May 2013, after which he released his first solo mixtape Innanetape. Mensa is also founder of the hip-hop collective Savemoney which includes frequent collaborator Chance the Rapper. His debut single “Down on My Luck” was released in June 2014 by Virgin EMI. His debut studio album The Autobiography was released in 2017.
IT'S A MOVEMENT