By Jennifer De La Torre
After numerous name changes, the fourteen-member hip-hop boy band Brockhampton has finally unveiled their first major label debut, iridescence, on September 20, 2018. Like much of the band’s discography, the heart of the album is scattered yet endearingly spry and honest.
The tone of some songs, like album opener “New Orleans”, featuring Jaden Smith, builds at a rapid pace while “Honey” is a lighthearted joyride which touches upon escaping near-homelessness and boasts an underlying sample of Beyonce’s “Dance For You.” “J’ouvert,” which was released with an accompanying music video just hours before the album, pulling from rap-rock, pop and West Indian influences and samples from the soca track “Doh Blame Me” by Lavaman. “San Marcos,” named after the Texas city where the members of Brockhampton assembled and first started making music together, poignantly questions reality and life choices over sparse guitar strings. With each song setting a different tone, there will certainly be one for everyone to enjoy.
The hip-hop boyband will support iridescence with a North American tour titled “I’ll Be There” beginning October 3rd. Lucky for you, Brockhampton will host two concerts, at the Shrine in Los Angeles and will be featured in Tyler, The Creator’s festival, Camp Flog Gnaw at the Dodger Stadium. In addition, the album’s release is accompanied by a documentary-like film that recounts, November 28 and 29, Brockhampton’s quick success titled The Longest Summer in America.