Clifford Ian Fernando Simpson (born July 16, 1996 in Corpus Christi, Texas), better known by his stage name Kevin Abstract, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and filmmaker. He was heavily influenced by Nirvana, Will Smith (as both a rapper and actor), and Kanye West among others.
As a musical artist, Kevin gained traction when he toured with the Californian indie band The Neighbourhood. Jesse Rutherford, the lead singer of the band, became good friends with Kevin and promoted his second album, American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story on social media.
Kevin released several projects years ago that most aren’t even aware of, largely due to the the fact that they can’t be found on his social media platforms anymore, or that they are missing entirely—which is why some of the lyrics to his projects are unable to be transcribed.
In 2009 he released his very first project KevinLovesYou. In 2011 he released two following projects titled Imagination and PinkElephants. Kevin also had a blog back in 2009 and 2010.
He began making music as a high-school student, and formed a collective called ALIVESINCEFOREVER in 2011. The group disbanded and re-formed with a new lineup as BROCKHAMPTON, and began releasing singles in 2015. Solo and group EPs followed.
In September 2013, he reignited his solo career with Kevin Abstract EP and dropped another album, MTV1987 in 2014.
In 2017, Kevin returned focus to BROCKHAMPTON. That year, the group released a trilogy of critically acclaimed efforts – SATURATION, SATURATION II, and SATURATION III. Each album charting higher and higher, until landing them at number one in 2018 with fourth LP, iridescence.
Following BROCKHAMPTON’s dizzying rise into the mainstream, Kevin shifted focus in 2019 back to his solo work. After the release of single “Big Wheels“, he unveiled the first part of his project titled ARIZONA baby, part two, Ghettobaby, which arrived a week later, and finally releasing the full album on April 25, 2019.