Samantha, will you tell the financial advisor to set aside a quarter million? Den mother slash day-to-day manager Samantha seems to have a lot on her hands. These are the conversations you have when you are famous, and blackbear is very famous. He has a way of locking eyes with you, ducking his head and granting you this little closed-mouth smile that is boyish and endearing, and I understand why one of his former girlfriends is having, according to him, a hard time letting go.
The sun glints off his rose-glitter Gucci Ace sneakers, which match his pink Gucci cap. It is. When girls were fainting over Elvis, it was due in large part to his bump-n-grind hips, blue-black waves and sultry baritone. There was magic in his first full-length, Deadroses. Calling him prolific is an understatement. Speaking of numbers, good luck finding a song on his Soundcloud with less than a million plays. I have stocks and bitcoins, I consult for things and whatever, I dress girls for Coachella.
My goal in life is to be the ultimate troll. He recorded a song with a year-old Oklahoma kid named Jacob Sartorius just because Jacob was the most googled person of The cover art of Digital Druglord is a woman with pill bottles taped across her chest in a makeshift bikini top. Last year, he woke up with what he assumed was a bout of acid reflux.
But as the day wore on, his stomach cramps worsened until he was lying down on the floor of his merch warehouse. By the time he got to the ER, he was throwing up blood. His stepdad owned a business that scraped barnacles off boats, a physically unforgiving and sometimes financially lean gig. At the age of six, he was given his first guitar, and by 11, he was playing birthday parties and starting punk bands.
I would dress crazy. I was the only real punk rock kid in my school, with like the plaid pants and the Rancid t-shirt. What he did have was a babysitter named Danny who introduced him to bands like New Found Glory and Catch In 9th grade, his band Polaroid got signed and he promptly dropped out of high school.
They played festivals and gained a bit of a following, but then Bear decided to go solo under his given name after a few years. In , he posted his first project as Mat Musto, an EP titled Brightness , and glimpsed his power—it clocked a million plays. Linking with a devoted former manager, they sent his EP around the industry, sniffing out opinions. Ne-Yo was into it, and Bear moved to Atlanta. He stayed two years, enduring studio boot camp and churning out two or three songs a day. When Ne-Yo offered him a deal that seemed suspect, however, he moved back in with his mom.
Then Mike Caren, the highly influential Warner Music executive, called. All this bad shit started happening in my life. So I had him come back over and do the God part. I took it really, really hard. Complicating his grieving process was the paparazzi. When he found out about Chester, he called another friend, Bella Thorne, to offer some comfort. Hence the tattoo redo. Superstitious or not, the last thing he needs is for the whole thing to fizzle because he removed God from the Serenity Prayer.
He catches himself before I can side-eye him. On the other hand, so much emphasis is placed on career success in our culture that it usually out-prioritizes happiness in any other area of our lives. He pauses for a second, thinking Rebecca Haithcoat is a writer based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. Dodger Stadium was built on top of communities that once housed more than a thousand families.
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