Mansionz is an American alternative hip hop duo composed of American singer-songwriter Mike Posner and American hip-hop recording artist, producer, and singer Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name Blackbear. They released their debut studio album, Mansionz, on March 24, 2017.
2016–present: Beginnings and debut album
Mansionz was formed when longtime collaborators Matthew Musto (otherwise known as Blackbear) and Mike Posner formally came together and formed an R&B-rap duo. Previously known for his hit singles “Cooler Than Me” and “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” Posner was first featured on a Blackbear track in 2012, when Blackbear’s debut mixtape Sex was released. At that time, the two musicians were already good friends and had worked together in the past on Justin Bieber’s 2012 single “Boyfriend”. Prior to the official debut of Mansionz, Posner and Blackbear had worked together on several tracks including “Boyfriend,” “Anyone But Me,” Marauder Music,” and “OshFest”. By December 9, 2016, Posner and Musto had released their debut single under the name Mansionz, titled “Stfu”.
“Stfu” features rapper Spark Master Tape and has been described as a “slow R&B serenade”. It received generally positive reviews, as did the duo’s second single, titled “Rich White Girls,” which was released on February 3, 2017. Mansionz made their first notable public appearance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017, where both Posner and Musto sported lime-green hair. This signature look would come to characterize the duo in the future. On March 17, “Dennis Rodman,” which featured the retired American professional basketball player of the same name, was released as the duo’s third single and final single before the release of their self-titled debut album, which was released on March 24, 2017 and featured appearances from Soren Bryce, G-Eazy, CyHi The Prynce, and Snooze God, as well as Spark Master Tape and Dennis Rodman.
Mansionz provided guest vocals on the track “You Are” from American rapper MOD SUN’s album Movie, released March 10, 2017. This marked their first credited guest appearance under the name Mansionz.
On March 29, 2017, Mansionz released an official music video for their single “Rich White Girls”. The music video for “Dennis Rodman” arrived on May 19, 2017.
Studio Album: Mansionz
Mansionz is the self-titled debut studio album by American hip-hop duo Mansionz, consisting of singer-songwriter Mike Posner and singer and producer Blackbear, released on March 24, 2017, through Bear Trap Recordings and Monster Mountain, both under Island Records.