Saturation Season: Inclusivity, Queerness, and Esthetics in the New Media Practices of Brockhampton
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Original versionPopular music and society. 2021, 44 (5), 1-19 10.1080/03007766.2021.1984019
Following the self-release of their Saturation album trilogy in 2017, American hip-hop group Brockhampton broke through to an international audience. The period of the trilogy’s release – known as “Saturation Season” – is notable for the large body of creative content the group produced and released online. In this article, the authors demonstrate how the group’s new media practices query the boundaries that separate amateurs and professionals, consumers and producers, and fans and artists, raising a range of questions concerning digitalization, (social) inclusion, and the democratization of culture. Emphasis is placed on exploring the contradictory effects of the digital turn in popular music.
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