Matthew Tyler Musto, known professionally as Blackbear, is a well-known American hip-hop singer, songwriter, and record producer. His first solo album was ‘Deadroses’ which had a set of ten tracks. The lead single ‘Idfc’ was a huge success, earning a lot of popularity and appreciation. Following the success of his debut album, he released multiple other albums, the latest one being ‘Cybersex’. This album was an average success, peaking at the 47th position on the US Billboard 200. He has also released a few EPs, such as ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Foreplay.’ In his career so far, he has collaborated with several well-known artistes, such as Hoodie Allen, Justin Bieber, James Black, and Pharrell Williams. He was a co-writer of the song ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber; the song was a huge hit and peaked at the 2nd position on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2014, he began to monetize streaming on SoundCloud, becoming one of the first independent artists to do so.
Blackbear’s music career began while he was still in high school. He joined the rock band Polaroid as a singer. Signed with Leakmob Records, the band released one album named ‘Paint the Town’ and one Extended Play named ‘Inside and Out’.
He eventually left the band to begin his solo career. His first Extended Play ‘Brightness’ was released in 2008. He released two more EPs, ‘Contrast’, released in 2009, and ‘Exposure’, released in 2010. This was followed by ‘Year of the Blackbear EP’ in 2011.
In early 2012, he collaborated with Justin Bieber to work on his single ‘Boyfriend’. It became a huge hit, peaking at the 2nd position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also charted in many other countries, such as Canada, Norway, and Portugal. It was met with mixed reviews from critics. The same year, in April, he released the EP ‘Foreplay’, and in October, he released his debut mixtape ‘Sex’. His next EP was ‘Afterglow’ which was released in 2014.
His first full length album, ‘Deadroses,’ was released in February 2015. It contained ten tracks. The lead single ‘Idfc’ was a major success, and charted on the Billboard R&B Hot 100. It became very popular and has been streamed over 22.5 million times on SoundCloud. The second single ‘90210’ was also a success, and gained more than 11 million streams on SoundCloud. The same year, he also released his second album ‘Help’.
His third album ‘Digital Druglord’ released in April 2017. It peaked at the 14th position on the US Billboard 200, and also entered the charts in other countries such as Canada and the Netherlands. He released another album in November the same year: ‘Cybersex.’ It entered the US Billboard 200, reaching the 47th position.
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Blackbear was born as Matthew Tyler Muston in Pittston in Pennsylvania on 27th November 1990. He moved to Florida when he was still a child. Later, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and eventually to Los Angeles in California.
Not much is known about his parents, family, education, or dating life.
He donated $5,514 to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund for the victims of the mass shooting on 1st October 2017. The contribution included proceeds from the sale of merchandise at a concert.