Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract



Clifford Ian Simpson, better known by his stage name Kevin Abstract, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and director. He is a founding member of the Brockhampton band. Simpson released his debut album, MTV1987, in 2014, and received attention from a number of major music blogs and magazine publications. His second album, American Boyfriend, was released in November 2016.



American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story is the second studio album by American recording artist Kevin Abstract, released on November 18, 2016.
MTV1987 is the debut album by American recording artist Kevin Abstract, released on July 15, 2014.
Miserable America
Miserable America is a song by musical artist Kevin Abstract, released on November 4, 2016.
Empty is a song by musical artist Kevin Abstract, released on September 23, 2016.

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53 brilliant things to do in NYC in February
  –  January 31, 2018
Along with the solo work of founder Kevin Abstract, its projects showcase the young collective's wide-ranging taste and infectious energy. John Maus Elsewhere; Feb 14; $18–$22 Underground hero John Maus makes captivating, retro-leaning synth pop that's ...
BROCKHAMPTON’s latest release, ‘Saturation III,’ breaks boundaries
  –  January 30, 2018
On the first track, “BOOGIE,” group leader Kevin Abstract raps, “I’ve been beat up my whole life/I’ve been shot down, kicked out twice,” referring to the discrimination he faces from his mother for his sexuality. Yet, he follows with the lyrics ...
Brockhampton sets the standard for a new kind of boy band at Fillmore
  –  January 29, 2018
It helps them collectively pick up one another’s slack, which proved vital Sunday night as founding member and de facto leader Kevin Abstract struggled with his voice after falling ill. Boosted by a seemingly endless supply of confidence, the group has ...
'SATURATION III' a heartfelt addition to BROCKHAMPTON's discography
  –  January 29, 2018
Kevin Abstract raps about his homosexuality in “JOHNNY,” “I could’ve got a job at McDonald’s, but I like curly fries. That’s a metaphor for my life and I like taller guys.” The album has a song for almost any mood that you can find yourself in.
  –  January 29, 2018
For example: there’s a decent chance you may have seen Kevin Abstract, the band’s de facto leader, on Twitter before you heard his music. And that’s alright — in fact, that’s exactly how it should be. Every member of Brockhampton is active online ...
“Saturation III,” Brockhampton
  –  January 29, 2018
Brockhampton founder Kevin Abstract raps, “Ridin’ on the roof with a dollar sign attached to my head, head, head, head, head, head, head, head.” This is prefaced by Champion’s equally catchy pre-chorus, and before you know it, you’re singing along.
From Eminem to Offset, an analysis of hip-hop’s history of homophobia
  –  January 29, 2018
This perspective is especially interesting when we involve other openly gay hip-hop artists such as Kevin Abstract, leading member of the hip-hop boy band Brockhampton. Kevin not only publicly professes his homosexually, but makes a conscious effort to ...
Newest kids on the block Brockhampton reinvent the idea of a boy band
  –  January 26, 2018
In their versatility, the songs were proof of the grand concept Brockhampton ringleader Kevin Abstract has believed in since he first began to assemble the group’s members more than half a decade ago. “[Brockhampton] represents a group of people who ...
San Marcos grown Brockhampton returns to Texas
  –  January 24, 2018
In efforts to engage with his fans Brockhampton member Kevin Abstract sent out tweets before the first show of the tour in Texas seeing which city would bring the most energy. “Let’s see who wins Texas hm,” Abstract tweeted. In 2010, founding member ...
N.E.R.D Team up With Rihanna for Return Single “Lemon”
  –  January 24, 2018
their upcoming full-length is assumed to be titled No_One Ever Really Dies, but stay tuned for more info. In other music news, Kevin Abstract has given an immersive interview with director Spike Jonze. Listen to their chat here.
Tampa Bay concerts: Anthrax, Brockhampton, Diana Krall lead weekend lineup
  –  January 24, 2018
Led by convention-flaunting frontman Kevin Abstract, sprawling, self-described "boy band" Brockhampton dropped three well-received albums and a boatload of prized merch in 2017, and will play Coachella and Bonnaroo this summer. NF, who has Christian roots ...
BROCKHAMPTON: A new generation of artists
  –  January 23, 2018
Have no fear — American boy band Why Don’t We just released Read… The founding member of Brockhampton is Kevin Abstract, a Texas native who started producing music at age 11 and left home at age 15 to live with his sister in Georgia. Soon after ...
Now Azealia Banks Is Slagging Troye Sivan & NO YOU LEAVE HIM ALONE AZEALIA!
  –  January 21, 2018
"Ummm Kevin Abstract would be really cool. He's a legend" the 22-year-old told The Zach Sang Show. "And then...who else? I mean, I was a huge Azealia Banks fan but that all went south a little bit. It's just one of those annoying things where you just ...
Offset Of Migos Under Fire For Homophobic Rhyme In Recent Song
  –  January 19, 2018
When some of hip hop’s biggest figures at the moment – Tyler The Creator, Frank Ocean, Kevin Abstract of BROCKHAMPTON, and others – are gay, it’s probably not in your best interest to malign them in your rap. Aside from the obvious reasons ...
COLUMN: Self-proclaimed boy band releases three incredible albums in 2017
  –  January 18, 2018
Some are art directors and management, according to The Fader, a New York City-based music magazine. Kevin Abstract, @kevinabstract on Twitter, created the band in 2015 in Texas, and then the crew made its way to its now-home base: California. The crew ...
The Future of Music Is Here, and It Looks Like Brockhampton
  –  January 16, 2018
Yet out of all of the boys, one towers above the rest in significance: the group’s leader, Kevin Abstract, birth name Ian Simpson. He originally convened the group in 2010 by posting on the rap forum now known as KanyeToThe and has led it through changes ...
In 2018, I want to find new music without using algorithms
  –  January 2, 2018
But the next day, out of gratitude for the glass of water and the patience my friend demonstrated while I was being openly hostile toward him due to something that was not his fault, I listened to “Empty” by Kevin Abstract and loved it. I also listened ...
BROCKHAMPTON unleash new song “BOOGIE”, 22-minute short film Billy Star: Stream
  –  December 13, 2017
According to a press release, it features unreleased music and serves as a trailer for a forthcoming Kevin Abstract-directed film of the same name. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard share two new songs “Beginners Luck” and “All is Known”: Stream


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