Why did Brockhampton split? Hip-hop band explores split after cancelling tour and announcing ‘indefinite hiatus’

On January 14, the sole self-proclaimed ‘boy band’ in the rap genre, Brockhampton, officially called it quits, as was revealed on their Instagram account. The band’s next tour in support of Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine was about to begin. Thus this news comes as a huge disappointment (2021). The band was well-known for its ability to blend musical genres and include graphic elements in its performances. The official band lineup included Henock “HK” Sileshi, a graphic designer, Ashlan Grey, a photographer, and Roberto Ontenient, a web designer. They were an authentic creation of the digital age, having originated in an online Kanye West fan community. After these four shows, the band will go on an extended break, according to a statement they released.

The boy band Brockhampton has called it quits

The question of whether or not the band would ever disband has long been a part of their legend, but in an interview in May, lead singer Kevin Abstract promised fans that new music would be released before the group broke up. The band released a statement thanking their fans for their support and promising to remain connected with them forever. The statement said that the forthcoming BROCKHAMPTON events at the O2 Academy Brixton in London and Coachella would be the last performances as a group. As of right now, the rest of the tour dates have been cancelled. Tickets and VIP packages may be returned at purchase for a full refund.

Due to the widespread COVID virus, the trip has been delayed and cancelled multiple times. It was planned that Roadrunner would be the second half of a 2021 trilogy when the band called it quits. Many band members are shown an interest in releasing solo albums. Merlyn dropped a song called “S.Y.K.” in November last year, while Kevin Abstract is working on a follow-up to “Arizona Baby,” his 2019 solo effort. The group also intended to release Technical Difficulties, an album they’d teased fans with before releasing Roadrunner.

Explaining Brockhampton’s History

In 2014, following the dissolution of Abstract’s prior rap group AliveSinceForever, from which many current band members originated, Brockhampton was formed. Members of the group met at The Woodlands High School in Texas, while others were discovered through an online Kanye West fan community. The band’s ever-changing lineup has been one of its most intriguing features. The group self-identified as a ‘boy band,’ to update the term. With the release of their 2016 EP All-American Trash, the band dropped its legendary Saturation trilogy, including smash hits such as SWEET, GOLD, and BOOGIE. On December 1, 2017, the band declared that Saturation III would be their last album. 

However, they were then signed to RCA Records and released a new trilogy of albums titled “The Best Years of Our Lives.” This trilogy would consist of Iridiscence (released in 2018), Ginger (coming out in 2019), and Roadrunner (released in 2020). Even though it’s sad that Brockhampton disbanded so suddenly, we’re looking forward to Kevin Abstract and the company’s solo efforts.

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