BROCKHAMPTON is an LA-based boyband formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015.
In 2012, high school friends Ian “Kevin Abstract” Simpson and Ameer Vann formed the hip-hop group AliveSinceForever. In 2013, they released their debut EP, The ASF EP. At this time, the lineup consisted of Kevin Abstract, Ameer Vann, Dom McLennon, MiC Kurb and Sage. At the end of 2014, AliveSinceForever disbanded and later rebranded as BROCKHAMPTON with several new members, some of which were recruited through the Kanye West fan forum KanyeToThe.
Featuring a roster of creatives, BROCKHAMPTON boasts musicians, graphic designers, producers, and videographers who are combining their talents to grace us with a mix of content. BROCKHAMPTON was named after the street that Kevin Abstract grew up on in Corpus Christi, TX. BROCKHAMPTON founder Kevin Abstract said on VICELAND’s American Boyband:
I made BROCKHAMPTON because I didn’t have any friends.
In 2015, their song “Dirt” was released on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records and it was a breakthrough moment in their career.
In 2016, they released their debut mixtape ALL-AMERICAN TRASH. However, it was in 2017 that the group started to gain popularity, when they started releasing singles to promote their debut album SATURATION (released in June 2017). Building upon the success of their debut, the band released SATURATION II (released in August 2017) and SATURATION III (released in December 2017). The band didn’t plan on releasing three albums in the span of a year, producer Romil Hemnani explained:
We didn’t set out to make a trilogy… It was just something that happened. We were like, ‘Okay, there’s a pattern here. Let’s just keep it going. It makes too much sense not to.’
After a successful 2017, the band began to experience a few big changes. First, on March 30th, 2018, the band announced that they had signed to the RCA Record Label. Second, on May 27th, 2018, rapper Ameer Vann was dismissed from the band, after a series of sexual assault allegations. Finally, they followed up the SATURATION trilogy with their fourth album iridescence. The album was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and went on to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The band’s previous chart peak was with SATURATION III, which peaked at number fifteen. The release of iridescence also marks the beginning of a new trilogy of albums titled THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES.
On August 23rd, 2019, the band released their fifth full-length record, GINGER. The record seemed to put a halt on THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES trilogy, as the record has no branding for the trilogy in its art like iridescence did.
During the corona virus pandemic in 2020, the band released singles weekly, which were summarized under the title Technical Difficulties, and announced the work on their sixth studio album.
Kevin Abstract, singer, rapper, producer and filmmakerMatt Champion, rapperMerlyn Wood, rapperDom McLennon, rapper and producerRussell “Joba” Boring, singer, rapper, producer, and mixing engineerKiko Merley, producerHenock “HK” Sileshi, graphic designer and creative directorJabari Manwa, singer, rapper, producer and “vibe contributor”Romil Hemnani, producer and DJbearface, singer, rapper and producerRobert Ontenient, webmaster, producer, and skit vocalistJon Nunes, managerAshlan Grey, photographer, cinematogropher and social media manager
Kevin Doan, app designer, VFX, production assistantNick Guilmette, assistantBrian Kinnes, video directorRyan Beatty, vocalistRoy Blair, back-up singer for Kevin Abstract tourMilos Mihajlov, production assistant, skit vocalistJaden Walker, stylistNick Lenzini, stylistWeston Freas, stylistAnish Ochani, managerVictor Roberts, vocalistSpencer Ford, video director
Ameer Vann, rapper (2014-2018)Rodney Tenor, vocals (2015-2016)Albert Gordon, production (2015-2016)Franklin Mendez, photography (2015)Titus Gilner, photography, creative direction (2015-2017)