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Brockhampton – J'OUVERT

‘J'OUVERT' earns its place as a solid gold banger.
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Brockhampton – J'OUVERT
Published: 3:57 pm, September 26, 2018Words: Jake Hawkes.

Brockhampton, the self-styled boy band with approximately 600 members (by our rough estimate, anyway) are back.

‘J'OUVERT' is taken from their new full-length project ‘Iridescence' and it's just as good as everyone was hoping. An understated but catchy chorus by Joba anchors the song with the repeated refrain ‘Money in the suitcase on the way to the bank', while standout verses from Matt Champion and Bearface flash in front of your ears at a breakneck pace.

Joba, well known for rapping in so many different styles it's hard to keep track, provides a verse as well as the chorus. In a voice laced with aggression, he references struggles with drugs and past betrayals in a painfully honest breakdown of the pitfalls of fame. It might only be a few lines, but he manages to pack more in than a lot of artists manage across a whole song.

References to London crop up too, which makes sense, considering ‘Iridescence' was apparently recorded there in the space of just ten days. You definitely can't knock the group's work ethic.

Rap groups can struggle with a lack of cohesion, but Brockhampton have always managed to tame the energy of having so many members and make sure they're all pushing in the same direction. ‘J'OUVERT' continues takes this formula and runs with it, easily earning its place as a solid gold banger.

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