Brockhampton Debut New Single ‘Tonya’ On Fallon And The Internet Is Losing It

21 June 2018, 17:43 | Updated: 21 June 2018, 17:46

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By Sam Prance

This was a moment...

There's no question that BROCKHAMPTON are one of the most exciting boybands in the world right now. The self-created 13 piece group are changing the rules of music one genre-defying release at a time.

From their SATURATION trilogy to the fact that they unashamedly embrace the fact that many of them are queer, BROCKHAMPTON are groundbreaking. In their own words: "We’re darker than other boybands and we suck dick but we’re still very American." Incredible.

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However, the wave of positive press surrounding the band was interrupted in May this year. One of the founding members, Ameer Vann, was accused of sexual misconduct and BROCKHAMPTON's future seemed uncertain. The group went silent. Days later they announced that Ameer was 'no longer in the group' and apologised to those affected by Ameer's actions. The move was widely praised on social media and last night the band performed without Ameer for the first time.

The band took to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon stage to announce their upcoming album, The Best Year of Our Lives, and give one of their new songs 'Tonya' its live debut. The track features Jazmine Sullivan, serpentwithfeet and Ryan Beatty and it ruminates on their newfound fame. On first listen, it is easily up there with their best work.

From Bearface's vocals and Matt Champhion's ad-libs to Kevin Abstract's moving bars and Dom McLennon's standout verse, the entire performance is breathtaking. Plus Jazmine, Ryan and serpentwithfeet compliment the boys beautifully. Unsurprisingly, the internet is obsessed.

Some were overcome with emotion at the stunning lyrics.

No. We're not crying. We've just got dust in our eyes.

Others love it so much that they are blasting it on full volume.

It's what she deserves.

A couple of fans are pressed that it's not available on streaming services yet.

Seriously though. Where is it?!

One or two are making their arguments for which verses stand out most.

Don't worry. Those verses had us in tears too.

A few just can't get over Matt Champion screaming 'I don't matter'.

That cut right into our souls.

And then there were those who just couldn't get over the fact that the band have announced a new album.

IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING!

What an amazing band. Catch us counting down the days until The Best Year of Our Lives comes out.

Read the full lyrics to 'Tonya' below:

INTRO: BEARFACE
Mother, I am sorry, I never pick up
Because I'm afraid to disappoint
Ooh, ooh I, I'm not

CHORUS: JAZMINE SULLIVAN
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to

VERSE 1: BEARFACE
Oh we're sat outside on the hardwood floor with our feet in dirt
And our hearts in awe
I be losin' sleep thinkin' 'bout missed calls
And I see the names circle in our thoughts
And I think about if we lose it all
And I turn to shit that you never want
Like the smoke, the drink, anything at all
And I'll say again, sorry I don't call
There's no money on my mind
But my money on my mind was the first to fall
Never wanted to... yeah

CHORUS: JAZMINE SULLIVAN, SERPENTWITHFEET & RYAN BEATTY
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to

VERSE 2: KEVIN ABSTRACT
Sometimes it be so spot on it hurts
Like when Auntie couldn't decide between going to work or church
I've been in my feelings on an island in the dirt
I feel like brothers lie just so my feelings don't get hurt
I said, I'll try vacationin'
I'll try to run away
I deleted Facebook, I'd trade fame anyday
For a quiet Texas place and a barbecue plate
I'd switch my place if that's good for you
Is that good for you?
My ghost still haunt you
My life is "I, Tonya"
Big eyed monster, only face to conquer
I hated songs about fame 'cause this stuff meant nothin'
Until them headlines came, the first flight I'm jumpin'

BRIDGE: JOBA
And maybe it means nothing
But I have to say I think about you often
And if you want a war with me
I'll walk away, I know that I have wronged you
And maybe it means nothing
But I have to say I think about you often
And if you want a war with me
I'll walk away, I know that I have wronged you

VERSE 3: DOM MCLENNON
I took a plane to somewhere that I've never been
Too many times without my sister and my brother
Dad or mother by my side but they're in spirit
I always hear it, I know they feel it
My mom will always have these dreams that keep her up at night
I smoke to keep them all away
And make use of the time I'm void of feelin'
The reasons I'm so out of touch, now stop revealin'
But I'm not ashamed, I'm not afraid of who I am
Or how I trust my mental, yeah it's not perfect
But I guess that's just the life I'm into
I fantasize about a time when everything was simple
My shelter sheltered me from things I needed to commit to
The way it stands to me
A victim of Stockholm and my friendships and family

VERSE 4: MERLYN WOOD
What's costin' your time, what's the reason that you whine?
What's in your wallet? Dead whites in mine
So sour, in this light of lime
Daddy said "study harder, get that cash"
Mommy said "your career ain't gon' last"
Loose change, call a cab, move out their pad
I just want a chance to move past my past
Don't think too fast, private jets still crash
And I still fly coach
And I still hit the roads
And I still see roaches at the crib where my folks at
Touch your drinks 'fore you touch me and provoke a man
(Somebody gonna have to tell the truth and I'm gonna tell it!)

CHORUS: JAZMINE SULLIVAN, SERPENTWITHFEET, RYAN BEATTY & MATT CHAMPION
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to (how I used to)
(I don't matter!)
And I've been feelin' like I don't matter how I used to (how I used to, how)
(I don't matter!)

OUTRO: SERPENTWITHFEET
How I, how I, how I, how I
How I used to, how I used to
How I used to