By Noah Bush
Brockhampton has stated that they are the hardest working boy band in show business, and with their fifth album in three years, I think that title is appropriate. On August 23, America’s favorite boy band Brockhampton released their fifth album, Ginger, and it’s all I’ve been listening to.
May 2018 saw the departure of Ameer Van, one of the groups founding members, which lead to their withdrawal from Bonnaroo 2018. Many fans thought this would be an end to the group, but then later that summer they released the “Nineteen Ninety” singles and “Iridescence” in late September of 2018.
After their festival tour this summer with stops at the Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, and Firefly Festival, on July 18, Brockhampton uploaded a teaser officially announcing the album release to be in August of 2019. On July 31st, 2019, the group released the first single off the record, titled, “I BEEN BORN AGAIN”, along with an accompanying music video. The following singles “IF YOU PRAY RIGHT” and “BOY BYE” were released August 7th and 14th respectively along with their music videos. Additionally, on August 14th the Brockhampton Twitter posted the release date of the album to be August 23rd accompanied by the cover art and track listing.
On August 21st, 2019, the group released the last single “NO HALO,” again with an accompanying music video. Then on August 26th the group announced their Heaven Belongs to You tour, which begins October 26th in Vancouver.
The album opens with the introspective “NO HALO.” The group reflects on everything from mental health, drug abuse, and loss of religion. This fourth single features singer Deb Never, a close friend of members Matt Champion and Bearface. The song “DEARLY DEPARTED” addresses the departure of Ameer and features four of the six vocalists. Each with their own reaction to the leave of their friend.
My favorite, “BOY BYE,” was the third single and never has a song become my favorite faster than this. Dom McLennon opens the song with his take on his mental health. Matt Champion and Meryln Wood share the chorus with Bearface finishing off the fourth verse. I could talk all day about this album, I love it so much. I recommend this album to any hip-hop head, but if you like Amine, Odd Future, and Kids See Ghosts I highly encourage you to give it a listen.
The group doesn’t plan on making music together forever, so I’d suggest hopping on the fan train while you can, because Brockhampton is a group you have to see live.