In 2017, XO’s Toronto-based duo 88Glam dropped their sleeper hit “Bali” with fellow Torontonian Nav, following their already successful introductory track “12” featuring The Weeknd. The former racked up over 18 million YouTube streams and went Platinum, a clear indication that their combination of hip-hop mixed with soulful trap sensibilities was a much needed addition to the burgeoning new music landscape.
Comprised of members Derek Wise and 88Camino, the group quickly rose to collective fame, as their debut eponymous mixtape was met with critical acclaim. In 2018, they continued to evolve with playfully poignant music when the XO Records signees dropped their debut album 88Glam2, which has since propelled them to new heights.
Their self-titled mixtape arrived in November of 2017, but was reloaded by April 2018, following a deal with XO Records, after being signed by longtime friend The Weeknd (Wise was previously managed by XO). The result was 88Glam2, a work that not only continued to bring what those had come to know and love about the group, but added new elements that can only be described as that 88Glam sound.
Once 88Glam2 hit the streets, the duo booked a 21-date North American tour, that featured their first ever Coachella performance in 2019. Riding high off their tour, in November of 2019 they released 88Glam2.5, with two additional remixed tracks from their debut album. Previous collaborator Nav joined in on a remix of the track “Snow Globe”, and the album’s standout track “Lil Boat '' got a very appropriate appearance from Lil Yachty - whose alias was the song’s namesake.
In early 2020, 88Glam revealed their partnership with iconic Cuban rum brand Havana Club. The collaboration included a stylish, neon-lit short film that highlighted the lives, art, and influences of Camino and Wise, as well as an upcoming special edition Havana Club bottle to be released soon. Most recently, the duo shared that they will be joining labelmate The Weeknd on the ‘After Hours’ World Tour. They will be performing 14 dates on the European leg of the tour, from October to November of this year. The stage is set for 88Glam to continue their winning-streak in 2020 and beyond.