PAPER People: Kevin Abstract
PAPER People

PAPER People: Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract is a quiet genius. Beyond being the visual and sonic epicenter of Brockhampton, the dozen-plus subversive boy band he helped found, the Texas-born artist has written and produced three of his own solo albums, MTV1987, American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story, and, most recently, 2019's Arizona Baby. His music sits at the intersections of R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock and translates the tender-toughness of his own intersection of Blackness and queerness. Abstract is what it sounds like to be introspective and outspoken, inside and outside, loud and quiet. Brockhampton's fifth studio album Ginger, out now, is the latest project to demonstrate Kevin's creative virtuosity and genius. — Taylor Roberts

What's the biggest misconception about you?

I'm not sure.

What's your go-to karaoke song?

"Old Town Road."

What has been your best night out?

I don't go out as much as I'd like to.

What was the last text you sent?


What's something no one knows about you but you wish people did?

I love lucid dreaming.

What's something you wish no one knew about you but everyone does?

That I'm a pretty sad guy.

If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing for a career?

Either a teacher or an architect.

What's the most stressful thing about being you?

I try to give more of myself than necessary.

What's your biggest regret?

Not being there for my friends when they needed me the most.

Do you Google yourself?

I try not to.

Photographer: Taylor Rainbolt
Photo Assistant: Patrick Molina
Tasha Brown