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Kevin Abstract
Kevin Abstract
Clifford Ian Simpson
Born July 16, 1996 (1996-07-16) (age 21)
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer-songwriter
  • director

Ian Simpson (born July 16, 1996), better known by his stage name Kevin Abstract, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and director. He is a founding member of the Brockhampton collective. Simpson released his debut album, MTV1987, in 2014, and received attention from a number of major music blogs and magazine publications, and his second album, American Boyfriend, was released in November 2016.

In October 2017, Simpson announced via Instagram Stories that he would no longer be going by the name Kevin Abstract.[1] After a short hiatus from social media, he returned with the announcement that he would now be going by his birth name, Ian Simpson.[2] However, on October 23, Simpson announced via Twitter that he would continue to go by Kevin Abstract.[3]

Music career

2014: MTV1987

At the beginning of 2014, Simpson began working on his debut album with his in-house record producer, Romil.[4] On April 1, 2014 he released the record's first single, entitled "Save".[5] The second single from the album, "Drugs" was released on May 6, 2014,[6] with the music video following around a month later.[7] The album was released on July 15, 2014 and was met with positive praise from a number of music blogs, such as Billboard,[4]Complex,[8]Spin[9]Pigeons & Planes,[10] and 2DopeBoyz.[11]

After the release of MTV1987, Simpson began working on the music video for the song "Hell/Heroina". His vision for the video was huge so he put up a Kickstarter page for it and his fans donated over $3,000 for the video to be made.[12] The crowdfunded project was directed by Tyler Mitchell and finally released on November 4, 2014.[13] Simpson also did a 24-hour live stream on November 1,[14] leading up to the video release, where viewers watched both himself and his computer screen as the audience listened to him talk, observed him interact with him on Twitter, and watched movies together.

2015: Death of a Supermodel

On January 15, 2015, Simpson informed fans via his Twitter page that his sophomore record was to be titled Death of a Supermodel and that it would be released later in the year.[15] This album was then later discarded, however. Simpson has announced that he is now working on a different album, They Shoot Horses, a part of the Death of a Supermodel trilogy. On June 23, Simpson released a video for "SAVE", directed Ian Gilner, Henock Sileshi, & Franklin Mendez.[16] In November, the first single from They Shoot Horses, "Echo" was released, along with a music video directed by Tyler Mitchell.

2016: American Boyfriend and VICELAND

In March 2016, Simpson opened for the band The Neighbourhood in England on a week-long tour in Portsmouth, Birmingham, Manchester, and London as Kevin Abstract. The final show was shown on Periscope and teased his new album They Shoot Horses, due out later in 2016. He also confirmed that his next single would be Empty.

In April, as Kevin Abstract, Simpson announced that he would be going on tour again with The Neighbourhood, but this time in the USA, across May and June. Simpson exclusively performed songs from his new album.

At the end of June, Kevin announced that he had changed the title of his upcoming album to American Boyfriend and that it would still be coming later in the year.

Simpson, along with members of Brockhampton, appeared in the VICELAND program American Boyband, which followed Simpson on his first headline tour across America as Kevin Abstract to promote American Boyfriend. The program premiered on June 8, 2017.

Simpson is currently managed by long-time manager and business partner, Anish Ochani, as well as 4Strikes, Inc, which is run by Christian and Kelly Clancy.

All American Boyband: BROCKHAMPTON

Near the end of 2014, "AliveSinceForever" disbanded, due to reemerge as "BROCKHAMPTON", with an altered line-up.[17][18]

In January 2015, BROCKHAMPTON's debut single "BET I" was released.[19] The video for the song was released on March 25, 2015 and was directed by fellow BROCKHAMPTON members, HK Covers & Franklin Mendez.[20]

On June 16, BROCKHAMPTON released their second single "HERO".[21] At the end of June, it was announced that BROCKHAMPTON had won VFiles Loud, an online talent contest aiming to discover the best up and coming collectives.[22] BROCKHAMPTON were given the opportunity to premiere a professionally directed music video for their third single on MTV, as well as having it released through the independent recording label Fool's Gold Records. The single, "Dirt", was premiered through Apple's Beats 1 Radio and was released on iTunes a few days after.[23]

On March 30, BROCKHAMPTON released their first collective mixtape: All-American Trash. On April 22 they also released a documentary showcasing the making of the project.

In 2017, BROCKHAMPTON released two albums (Saturation and Saturation II) in the summer of 2017, both to widespread critical acclaim. Three days before the release of Saturation II, Kevin announced via Twitter that a third Saturation album titled 'Saturation III' would be released, also in 2017 marking BROCKHAMPTON's third full studio album of the calendar year.[24]


His influences include Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Kid Cudi, Shia LaBeouf, Jaden Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kurt Cobain, Justin Timberlake, Childish Gambino, Whitney Houston, Evan Spiegel, Pharrell Williams, Jesse Rutherford and Steve Jobs.[25][26]

Solo discography

Studio albums


Title Year Album
"Save" 2014 MTV1987
"Bubblegum" (featuring Dom McLennon) / "IWB" (featuring Matt Champion) non-album single
"Echo" 2015 American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
"Empty" 2016
"Miserable America"

Music videos

Title Year Director
"Drugs" 2014 Franklin Mendez, Henock Sileshi, Ian Simpson
"Hell/Heroina" Tyler Mitchell
"Save" 2015 Grayson Glynn, Henock Sileshi
"Echo" Tyler Mitchell
"Empty" 2016 Ian Simpson
"Runner" 2017
"Miserable America"


  1. ^ "Ian Simpson announces name change". October 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Simpson announces he will be going by his birth name". October 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ kevin (23 October 2017). "can Yal call me kevin i feel so uncomfortable. thanks". @kevinabstract. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b "Kevin Abstract, 'MTV1987': Exclusive Album Stream". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Kevin Abstract - SAVE 
  6. ^ "Drugs - Single by Kevin Abstract". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Kevin Abstract "Drugs" Video | Mass Appeal". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Stream Kevin Abstract's "MTV1987" Album". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Kevin Abstract, MTV1987 (Self-Released) - Kevin Abstract Mtv1987_1 - 4". Spin. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Stream Kevin Abstract's Free Album "MTV1987"". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Kevin Abstract - MTV1987 (Album)". 2DOPEBOYZ. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Kevin Abstract - Hell / Heroina Music Video". Kickstarter. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Premiere: Watch Kevin Abstract's "Hell/Heroina" Video". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "kevin abstract on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "the name of the 2nd album is death of a supermodel". Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Watch the Premiere of Kevin Abstract's Unsettling "Save" Video". Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Kevin Abstract Leaves ASF". Imgur. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "One of hip-hop's most intriguing new crews, BROCKHAMPTON, born of the ashes of AliveSinceForever". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Check Out BrockHampton's (Kevin Abstract and Friends) New Track 'Bet I'". The Early Registration. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Video Premiere: Brockhampton - "Bet I"". Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "PREMIERE: Fall in Love with Brockhampton's Blissed Out "Hero" | NOISEY". Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "Brockhampton - "Dirt"". Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Brockhampton Announces "Saturation 3"; Releases First Single". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Stream Kevin Abstract's Free Album "MTV1987"". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Did ur motorcycle aesthetic come from unreleased, misc by Frank ocean ?". Retrieved . 

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