A left-field act whose material ranges from ominous posse cuts to light R&B ballads, BROCKHAMPTON prefer "all-American boy band" to "rap group" as a designation. The first lineup took shape on New Year's Day 2015 in San Marcos, Texas, and by the end of the year the band prevailed as winners of the VFILES Loud! talent search. This enabled them to issue the single "Dirt" via Fool's Gold, after which they self-released the mixtape All American Trash (2016). Saturation (2017), their widely distributed proper album, featured the input of members Kevin Abstract (Ian Simpson), Matt Champion, Romil Hemnani, JOBA (Russell Boring), Dom McLennon (Dominique Simpson), Ameer Vann, and Merlyn Wood (William Wood).