Over the last two weeks, Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract cryptically released two EPs, each complete with three new tracks that gave listeners new pieces to the puzzle in his mind. Today, the 22-year-old star let his fans see the whole picture.
On Thursday (April 25), Abstract released Arizona Baby — this time as a full album, complete with 11 songs, five of which fans have never heard before. The complete album takes a melancholy look at Abstract’s life and career, as the rapper struggles with his relationships, his home and his sexuality, all while delivering some of his best performances to date.
But Abstract makes it clear that Arizona Baby was a collaborative effort. On the song “Peach,” fellow Brockhampton members Dominic Fike, Joba and Bearface provide a chorus and appear in the song’s video as they mess around in their L.A. neighborhood. On “Crumble,” Abstract teams up with Jack Antonoff, who produced the entire record, for an emotional ballad about falling apart.
Taking to his Twitter account, Abstract took a moment to address the criticism he expects to receive for rapping often on Arizona Baby about being gay. “Idk what else to say I’m gay I wrote about being gay a lot,” he wrote. “They gon be like damn bro really can’t write shit no more the group ain’t the same no more.”
But the star also took time to thank his fans for supporting his new album, saying that he wasn’t concerned about streams or sales, but about the experience. “Put my soul into this album,” he wrote. “I was just making something out of survival. If you identify with my truth or any of the shit I’m saying and u listen the work – thank u I mean that sincerely.”