Kevin Abstract confirms new Brockhampton album coming soon

Brockhampton leader Kevin Abstract has reassured the group’s followers that a new album is indeed on the way, and will be released before the end of 2022.

As confirmed earlier this year, the group’s seventh album will be their final outing. They revealed back in January that 2022 would be their last year active as a group, with farewell shows being held at this year’s Coachella. It was there that Brockhampton announced their last album, following the news up shortly thereafter with a teaser trailer.

June saw the group drop a cover of Kool & The Gang‘s ‘Hollywood Swinging’ (released as part of the soundtrack for Minions: The Rise Of Gru), as well as a new solo single from rapper Merlyn Wood, however since its announcement in April, news on their final album has been slim.

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Breaking his long-held silence, Abstract wrote in a Tweet yesterday (October 2): “BROCKHAMPTON ALBUM BEFORE YEAR IS OVER FUCK I AM EXCITED THANK U FOR BEING PATIENT.”

He went on to reveal that the album would be titled ‘No Cap’, and shared what he claimed to be its cover art (the latter earning some criticism from fans). It should be noted, though, that years past have seen Abstract share similar teasers for new Brockhampton albums, only for their titles and covers to be changed upon their formal announcements.

In another tweet, which he’s since deleted, Abstract stressed once again that ‘No Cap’ would be the last-ever Brockhampton album, writing: “Band is over. We broke up. But we will be releasing the final album before the year is over. And you do not want to miss it. It’s incredible. Also – thank you for tuning in and this nice message. Appreciate it. Big love!”

Have a look at Abstract’s remaining Tweets about ‘No Cap’ below:

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At the time of writing, a release date for ‘No Cap’ is yet to be announced. It’ll follow up ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’, which arrived last April via RCA and the group’s own Question Everything imprint, and was supported by the singles ‘Buzzcut’ (featuring Danny Brown), ‘Count On Me’ and ‘Don’t Shoot Up The Party’.

In a three-star review of that album, NME’s Will Richards wrote: “Even on the album’s lighter musical moments – ‘Count On Me’ is a summer hit purpose-built for road trips, complete with a whistled melody, while ‘Old News’ also has a light, airy quality – every note of ‘Roadrunner’ is imbued with a deep melancholy.

“While it might not provide the same hit as the jubilant likes of early hits ‘Boogie’ and ‘Gold’, Brockhampton are still masters of tapping into a mood, and it’s an immersive trip as a result.”

Meanwhile, Abstract is also working on his fourth solo album. He claimed last May that the follow-up to his 2019 record, ‘Arizona Baby’, would be released later that year, releasing the Slowthai and $NOT-assisted ‘Slugger’ that July, and the Ryan Beatty-assisted ‘Sierra Nights’ a month later.

The album is still yet to materialise, but Abstract has kept busy: in May of this year, he linked up with Easy Life for a guest spot on their single ‘Dear Miss Holloway’.

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Kanye West makes surprise catwalk debut at Balenciaga’s Paris Fashion Week show

Kanye West has made his debut as a catwalk model, repping Balenciaga for the band’s presentation at this year’s Paris Fashion Week.

West made his appearance – which was not announced before the show started, nor acknowledged during it – strutting down the catwalk in a boxy black jacket and trouser combo. The jacket was lined all over with bulky, zippered pouches and a tag reading “SECURITY”, while the pants glistened with a glossy sheen.

The rapper’s outfit matched the dystopian theme of Balenciaga’s showcase, with the catwalk itself being a shallow puddle in a muddy stage modelled after a battlefield. In a statement shared alongside the show (via Rain), the brand’s mononymous creative director, Demna, wrote that he’s “decided to no longer explain [his] collections and verbalize [his] designs, but to express a state of mind”.

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He continued: “Fashion is a visual art and all we need is for it to be seen through someone’s eyes. Fashion in its best-case scenario should not need a story to be sold to someone. You either like it or not. The set of this show is a metaphor for digging for truth and being down to earth. Let us let everyone be anyone and make love not war.”

See footage of West walking Balenciaga’s catwalk at Paris Fashion Week below:

West and Balenciaga have a history, with their ongoing band partnership – Yeezy Gap Engineered By Balenciaga – releasing its third collection in September. Last April, a run of West-commissioned, Balenciaga-sold shirts paying tribute to DMX raised over $1million for the late rapper’s family.

Meanwhile, West has made waves in recent months for his own fashion enterprises. Last month, he filed a number of new trademarks to expand his Donda Sports clothing brand, formally severed ties with Gap and hit out at the head of Adidas, revealing his plans to go entirely solo in the fashion sphere.

September also came with the leak of footage that showed West previewing new songs that he created with producer James Blake. Though they’ve never released music together, Blake has been vocal about wanting to work with West for some time. In 2015, for example, the producer said West would feature on ‘The Colour In Anything’ (then titled ‘Radio Silence’).

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Post Malone on juggling fatherhood with touring: “It’s really tough not being able to see her”

Post Malone has opened up about fatherhood; how his baby daughter seems to be enjoying his music, and how he’s juggling the responsibilities of being a dad with the rigours of a touring lifestyle.

In a new interview with GQ, the rapper said he’s largely enjoying fatherhood, having welcomed his daughter – whose name has not been made public – back in June. “It’s really tough not being able to see her,” he told the publication, “but she’s coming out more often now. She’s huge, she’s super tall, and she’s such a legend and I’m just happy to see her. But it is heartbreaking having to leave and not be able to be with her all the time.”

Post went on to say that he “can’t tell” whether his daughter is a fan of his music just yet, but notes that she “hasn’t cried” when he’s put it on in her company. “We’ll wait and find out,” he said, explaining that he’s “tried to play her some stuff” over the past few months, but “can’t really tell what she’s into right now”.

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The artist continued: “She’s going to have to like my music, I think, [or] she’s going to get used to it – I know everybody at the house plays it for her and hopefully, they’ll get stuck in her head. Kids love my music for some reason, which is awesome, so I’m hoping that she just goes with the flow on that one.”

GQ’s Eileen Cartter pointed out that Post’s daughter is likely to enjoy his music for its familial ties, to which he responded that as much will “probably make her hate it”. He joked: “She’ll be like, ‘Dad, you suck. Just go away.’ I love playing her lullabies. They make lullabies of my songs. Those are nice to listen to. Sometimes we’ll even put it on and I’ll have to guess what song it is and I just forget all the melodies. I’m like, ‘What song is this?’”

On what he finds to be “the craziest thing about being a dad”, Post unceremoniously declared: “The blowouts. She will blow out sometimes and it’ll come right outside of her pants. The poop will just be dripping out and I’m like, ‘What the hell happened?’ That’s how I know it definitely is my daughter – not that I have blowouts, but that I know my way around a toilet.”

Post’s GQ interview came just in the wake of his on-stage accident in St. Louis, where he injured his ribs after stumbling into a giant hole in the middle of his stage. He performed a few shows after that, but was forced to cancel a show in Boston when he was taken to hospital for excruciating pain. Nevertheless, he continued the ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’ tour in Cleveland last week.

The run is scheduled to continue throughout October and and November, wrapping up at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on November 15. The rapper’s ‘Cooped Up’ collaborator Roddy Ricch will join Post on all dates. Find remaining tickets here.

Following the North American tour, Post will then embark on a five-date run of shows in Australia and New Zealand next year, where he’ll take to stadiums supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Machine Gun Kelly joined by Skepta and Yungblud at Wembley gig

Machine Gun Kelly played a huge Wembley Arena gig last night (October 1) and was joined by special guests Skepta and Yungblud – see footage below.

The rapper and singer is currently on the European and UK leg of his ‘Mainstream Sellout’ world tour and hit London on Saturday night.

Alongside highlights from his own catalogue, the 28-song set saw Kelly welcome frequent collaborator Yungblud to the stage to perform ‘Acting Like That’ and ‘I Think I’m Okay’.

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Earlier in the set, Skepta was a surprise guest and performed ‘Praise The Lord’ with the rapper-turned-pop-punk star.

See footage of the collaborations below.

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Back in August, Kelly pulled out a few tricks for the final show of his North American tour, which took place in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. During the show, the rapper-turned-pop-punk star zip-lined across the entire football field-length of the venue, Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium. Footage shared by MGK on Instagram shows him soaring high above audience member’s heads as he moved from one end of the stadium to the other.

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Elsewhere during the set, MGK – for the second time in as many months – smashed a wine glass against his own face. He later posted a video of himself with blood gushing from his face following the incident, writing: “Oh my God, Cleveland. That was fucking insane.”

During the Cleveland show, Kelly was also joined by Avril Lavigne to perform their collaboration ‘Bois Lie’, taken from Lavigne’s latest album ‘Love Sux’Travis Barker also played a handful of songs with Kelly later on in the set, having returned to the tour against doctor’s orders following the Blink-182 drummer’s hospitalisation for pancreatitis in June.

Machine Gun Kelly’s UK tour continues on Tuesday (October 4) in Birmingham. See the list of remaining dates below and buy tickets here.

OCTOBER 2022
4 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena’^
6 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena’^
7 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro’^
9 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena’^              
12 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live’^

^With support from iann dior
With support from 44phantom

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Kendrick Lamar kicks off new season of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with three-song set

Kendrick Lamar was the musical guest for the first episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live last night (October 1) – see his three-song set below.

Last week, Kendrick was announced to perform on the 48th season of the legendary show, with Megan Thee Stallion and Willow other upcoming musical guests.

As promised, Lamar kicked off the new season on Saturday night alongside guest host Miles Teller. He last appeared on SNL in 2018 when he performed ‘Tints’ with Anderson .Paak.

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For the new performance, Lamar played three tracks from ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ – ‘Rich Spirit’, ‘N95’ and ‘Father Time’ – the latter of which saw him joined by Sampha.

Check out the performances below.

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Willow is booked to perform on SNL next week (October 8) when actor Brendan Gleeson hosts. Then, on October 15, Megan Thee Stallion will be on duty as both host and musical guest.

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The new season of SNL features cast members Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker. Past members Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney, among others, have since departed the show.

‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, Lamar’s fifth studio album, was released back in May. It earned a five-star review from NME, wherein Kyann-Sian Williams called it “a cathartic, soul-baring autobiography”. Meanwhile, the album has also received praise from the likes of LordePharrell WilliamsMadonna, producer DJ DahiEminem and Tyler, The Creator.

Last month, Sounwave – a collaborator and producer of Lamar’s – revealed that he and the rapper had begun working on the follow-up to ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’.

In the meantime, Lamar is currently underway with ‘The Big Steppers Tour’, with its European leg beginning next weekend. Lamar will perform 16 shows on the continent, as well as 10 in the UK.

The rapper will then conclude the year by touring Australia and New Zealand in December. See the full list of dates below. Tickets are available for the American shows here, for Europe and the UK here, and for Australia and New Zealand here.

OCTOBER
7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle
25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna
28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle

NOVEMBER
2 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
3 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
4 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
5 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
7 – London, UK – The O2
8 – London, UK – The O2
13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

DECEMBER
1 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena
4 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
8 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
12 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Center
16 – Auckland, NZ  – Spark Arena

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