“Y'all know BROCKHAMPTON is like the best boy band in the motherfucking world, right?”
If you asked any attendee who experienced BROCKHAMPTON pull off choreographed sequences on stage, amidst a sea of mosh pits and crowd surfers, on Monday night (Sept. 11) at NYC’s Highline Ballroom, they would surely agree that this group of friends is redefining the boy band in 2017.
BROCKHAMPTON consists of rapper Kevin Abstract, the group's 20-year-old founder from Corpus Christi, Texas, and several other vocalists from his home state: Ameer Vann, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Russell Boring (JOBA), as well as out-of-towners like Bearface and Dom McLennon. Their production team includes Jabari Manwa, Kiko Merley, and Romil Hemnani. As far as graphic design, it’s helmed by Ashlan Grey and Henock “HK” Sileshi. Their collective chemistry is akin to Odd Future, A$AP Mob, or Wu-Tang Clan, but their carefree approach to music finds them exploring beyond hip-hop and into genres such as alt-rock and even pop.
Abstract has been playing with the idea of forming a creative collective since he launched AliveSinceForever in 2011, which at one point boasted around 30 members that were recruited through Kanye West’s fansite, KanyeToThe. Abstract would later re-brand ASF to BROCKHAMPTON, the self-proclaimed “All-American Boy Band”, in 2015, dwindling down the number to the 15-strong roster we see today.