Ones to Watch: Blackbear
Mat Musto, better known by his stage name, Blackbear, is an artist you definitely want on your radar. I will warn you, he has some explicit lyrics and song titles, so if you're not a fan of that, try to look for some clean versions of his songs.
Blackbear is a singer, songwriter, producer, and owns his own record company, Beartrap Records. He has a very unique voice that is very appealing to the ear. His music is mostly a mixture of upbeat synth-pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Many of his songs focus on reoccurring themes of depression, relationships, and drug abuse. He often sings about his own life experiences, most notably on his second album entitled Help.
One of his latest projects is Mansionz, a two-piece consisting of Blackbear and Mike Posner. The duo released their first LP, a self-titled album, on March 24th. He also recently announced the release of his much-anticipated album, digital druglord, which is set to drop April 20th.
Blackbear has been in the music industry for a while now, but it seems like he is finally starting to blow up. He has worked with several artists included G-Eazy, Childish Gambino, Nick Jonas, and most recently Linkin Park. Back in 2012, Blackbear co-wrote Justin Bieber's hit Boyfriend that later went platinum.
He self-released his first full-length album, Deadroses, in early 2015, shortly after the release of his first EP, The Afterglow, in 2014. The lead single from the album, Idfc, charted on the Billboard R&B Hot 100. His sophomore album Help was released later in 2015. In 2016, he released two more EPs, Drink Bleach and Cashmere Noose.
He was also featured on two tracks from Hoodie Allen's album, Happy Camper, and was an opener on his 2016 spring tour. Unfortunately Blackbear only performed at the first few dates and then dropped out of the tour. I had tickets to this show and didn't get a chance to see Blackbear, but he will be touring this spring/summer to support his new album, digital druglord, which is set to come out April 20th. The LP is already available for pre-order. He currently has released three songs from the album, including the first single do re mi. Check out his tour dates below, I'll be at the Boston date!
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