Recently, Brockhampton (usually stylized as BROCKHAMPTON) — the South Central Los Angeles hip-hop conglomerate, or “boyband” — teased fans that Saturation III would not only be their last installment of their Saturation album series, but their last album as Brockhampton. However, on a recent appearance on Zane Lowe’s “Beats 1” show, Kevin Abstract and Co. declared that “Even though everybody knows it's not really our last album. But, you know what? It might be our last album.” There was a mutual sense of relief in the air among young hip-hop fans — the majority of Brockhampton’s fanbase — knowing that one of the finest and most impressive creative conglomerates around is hopefully here to stay.

At first glance, it's rather facile to compare the rise of Brockhampton to that of Odd Future. A group of young kids with too many ideas and not enough time in the world. A group of kids who signed a ridiculous TV deal. A group of kids who have an ever growing social media presence. These are absolute truths, giving the two much more in common than they actually have. Where Brockhampton separates themselves from Odd Future — or any 2010’s hip-hop group, for that matter — is their sense of restlessness and honesty. Three full length albums within a year, each one one-upping its predecessor. Instead of rapping about killing people and burning shit, though, Brockhampton channel their frustrations of religion, sexuality, and the human experience into explosive, off-the-wall bangers. The feeling of an artistic community is thriving in their music — Each emcee affiliated with Brockhampton has gradually gotten slicker, smoother, and cheekier after each edition of Saturation.

So, now the moment is finally (well, already) here: Brockhampton have come forth with Saturation III. A product of unbelievable internet hype, Saturation III is hands down Brockhampton’s finest collection of songs. Opening up with their lead single, “Boogie,” what once seemed like the group's last hoorah is now just a continuation of the party — and that’s exactly what it is, a never ending party. It’s the poppiest they've has ever sounded, radio-friendly in the all the right ways. This doesn't mean there’s a lack of substance, though. If anything, this is the album capable of putting Brockhampton into both the indie-spotlight — a place where they’ve been sitting comfortably for the past year — and the national eye.

Perhaps the most striking moments of Saturation III are when Kevin Abstract and Ameer Vann are at the reigns. Per usual, Abstract dives deep into his consciousness, opening up about his sexuality in an incredibly confessional tone. On “Stupid,” Abstract spews the lines “Im a faggot I say it / I scream that shit like I mean it.” Other than Tyler, the Creator, no rapper, either in the past or present, has opened up so frankly about what happens behind closed doors. It predicts a new wave of hip-hop in which embracing queerness is set to become the norm. That is a remarkable feat, especially in a genre that has been blatantly homophobic since it’s conception. As for Ameer Vann — Brockhampton’s secret weapon — the emcee opens up about his past relationship with drugs, and his newfound spirituality. This is hip-hop at its purest: honest, confessional, and intelligent.

That’s not to say that the rest of Brockhampton isn’t living up to their potential, though. In fact, each individual artist excels in their own quirky way on Saturation III. One minute you’re being serenaded with dreamy R&B vocals, the next minute the song explodes right before your ears. That’s the magic of Brockhampton: a group constantly contradicting themselves. On one of the albums absolute standouts, “Team,” this sense of contradiction is in full swing. It begins as a reverb-drenched R&B ballad that cuts to a smooth-rolling beat that Curren$y daydreams about. Unfortunately, it’s the albums closer. An album gone to soon, urging you to hit replay again, and again, and again.

At their best, this run of SATURATION albums have turned out to be among 2017’s finest musical achievements. Sharply crafted and ready to explode, Kevin Abstract and Co. have simply outdone themselves. It’s the ultimate victory lap for a group who have stayed busier in the studio than some artists do in their entire career. If it was a farewell record, then it would be Brockhampton’s ultimate musical statement. Instead, this is just another one in the books. This is Brockhampton at their funkiest and most playful, but it’s also Brockhampton at their finest.