Me llamo 2 Mello, y esta es la Zona de Apreciación de Brockhampton.
BROCKHAMPTON is a hip-hop collective founded on a Kanye West internet forum, the best way. They self-identify as the Internet’s first boy band. They are very productive and very young. They have released a mixtape (All-American Trash) and two albums, Saturation and Saturation 2, which was released just an hour-ish ago.
I believe BROCKHAMPTON is extremely significant to the future of hip-hop music; perhaps the strongest creative force in the genre in this decade. I have compared them to the Wu Tang Clan multiple times on Twitter, and I do not regret it yet.
The members combine excellent, quirky production drawing inspiration from video game soundtracks, late 90s-early 2000s superstars like The Neptunes and Heatmakerz and their contemporaries, AND subject matter that is sadly revolutionary in 2017 hip-hop–open discussion of queerness, for example, is a huge BROCKHAMPTON thing.
There’s a sweetness and joy to the way these young men express themselves that gives me hope for the future, and the future of hip-hop. I’m going to share three of my favorite songs/videos of theirs that will hopefully explain better than words.