Since emerging in 2012, singer, songwriter, and producer Blackbear has released alt-R&B albums Deadroses, Digital Druglord,
and Cybersex — each extolling the pleasures of sex, drugs, and luxury consumerism. His streaming hits, the platinum-selling
“Idfc” and the double-platinum “Do Re Mi” (“Do Re Mi, I’m so fucking done with you girl”), further established the 28-year-old.
Blackbear is no musical lightweight. He’s an effortless songwriter with a keen ear for melody, a knack for distilling complicated
ideas into tight, precise lyrical spaces, and a relentless perfectionist who prizes technical excellence as a producer and
mixer. Aside from his own prolific output of singles and EPs, Blackbear earned his
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working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nick Jonas, Childish Gambino,
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, and — most notably —
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, for whom he co-wrote the 6x-platinum single “Boyfriend” with his friend and Mansionz collaborator Mike Posner. A savvy entrepreneur,
who also runs his own label, Beartrap Sound, Blackbear became the first recording artist ever to monetize his own Soundcloud.
On his new album Anonymous, Blackbear has discovered that the antidote to the pity party is vulnerability. “There were hints
in my earlier albums of who I really was, but I had a wall up,” he says. “The wall’s been torn down for Anonymous. I’m calling
it that because I want to take the ego out of the process. I wanted to make a human album, by a real person, not hide behind
the character of this sad ‘Blackbear’ guy.”