Surprise! We didn't just get one final album from BROCKHAMPTON this week. We got two.
At midnight (November 18) BROCKHAMPTON dropped a brand new record called TM. It was announced only a few hours before it was shared, and came right after the release of their penultimate LP, The Family. The Family was formally announced back in October. It was expected to be the last BROCKHAMPTON album after the group announced at Coachella they were going on hiatus and would release a final project later in the year.
Part of the reason why two albums were released instead of one is because BROCKHAMPTON was contractually obligated by record label RCA to produce six albums delivered over three years. They signed the deal with RCA back in 2018 and the 15-man collective was reportedly paid $15 million for it. iridescence was the group's first album under RCA, followed by GINGER, and the two ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT NEW MACHINE editions.
While The Family and TM are both made by BROCKHAMPTON, the two are vastly different in tone. The Family only features Kevin Abstract as a vocalist and primarily contains songs about the group's legacy and private struggles. The Family was recorded in the spring of 2022, and so remains the final album to date the group recorded. Lead vocalist Kevin Abstract, Bearface, and Romil Hemnani contributed, with Boylife on executive production alongside Bearface. The album features the singles “Big P---y” and “The Ending.” After the album drop, Kevin Abstract shared a goodbye note with fans on social media.
While TM was released after The Family, it was actually recorded first. The album is comprised of shelved recordings from BROCKHAMPTON'S 2021 sessions in Ojai, California. Bandmember Matt Champion executive produced the project to completion, in what a press release describes as a “parting gift” to fans. The album features several members of the band and arrives alongside a video for the single "New Shoes", directed by Champion and Onda.
Before the group is gone for good, BROCKHAMPTON will give one last performance: a live-streamed gig at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday (November 19). The concert will start at 8pm and will be broadcast via Amazon Music’s Twitch channel. Limited tickets for the performance will be available on site from 4pm local time.
Right after the release of TM, BROCKHAMPTON posted one last group photo of themselves to social media. "The show is over. Thank you." the caption reads. “That post was an olive branch," Kevin said in his parting statement. "Everyone took a risk. We found each other and planted out own trees. I had a vision when I posted, but the way it would end up not only changing my life but having an impact on the culture we grew up on? Thank you.”
the show is over. thank you. pic.twitter.com/MMmycDw68q— BROCKHAMPTON (@brckhmptn) November 18, 2022
Listen to some music from The Family and TM below.
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