Discerning listeners everywhere are excited about the prospect of a new Danny Brown album on principle due to the Detroit rapper’s decade-long run of masterpieces. Brown further amped up anticipation for this week’s uknowhatimsayin¿ by announcing it was executive-produced by Q-Tip and sharing a pair of enticing Abstract-produced singles, “Dirty Laundry” and “More »
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“Disappointed.” In the weeks leading up to the release of his new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMAFIA used that word over and over, like a mantra. He used that word onstage, in interviews, in video promos for the album itself. He used the word so much that I actually thought the … More »
All My Heroes Are Cornballs
JPEGMAFIA makes music for the escapists on the fringe, the pursuers of connections and recreations, the individuals multiplying themselves across fantasy leagues and Twitter stan accounts. But it’s also music for what they represent: entities trapped in the floating ecology of the web, separated from their bodies by a formless nether that demands interaction, intrusion. You’re there. You’re not there.
JPEGMAFIA understands our predicament, and he’s going to make you feel something. Over 19 tracks, All My Heroes Are Cornballs dares you to confront how you see yourself, how you see others, and how you see Barrington Hendricks a.k.a. Peggy. Or you may just think the album rips. It doesn’t have to be either/or, a fact musically reflected in Peggy’s propensity to stop on a dime and burst into new sonic avenues. The album seizes on psychological tricks, referencing long-dormant sounds from the past and discarding them just as easily. He leans into a demented urgency, consecrated by our culture of never-ending browser tabs and thousands of forgotten yet still retrievable forum posts, unseen until stumbled upon during deep archaeological expeditions into bodybuilding.com.
Beatwise, this is among the strongest showings all year, which is no small feat considering juggernaut contenders like Fever, Zuu, and Anger Management. He knows he’s 2019’s answer to Carl Crack, and that gives nice insight into his mentality. Whether it’s the Atari Teenage Riot homage “JPEGMAFIA TYPE BEAT” — a tongue-in-cheek track about his endless comparisons to Death Grips — or the outro warps to Grimy Waifu — the album’s closest brush with a romantic ballad — Peggy performs mental lobotomies while figuring out what he wants his beats to sound like. They’re perfect accessories to a man with blistering intensity, who is unsatisfied until he finds the perfect way to call all his haters dickheads.
Does it feel like he sometimes he leans on his persona too much? Who knows. But as a transient Army dropout turned digital rap warrior with a tripcode, hellbent on crowdkilling anyone in his sight, could you blame him? It’s hard to tell when the “genuine” Hendricks ends and the “performative” Hendricks begins, but that’s what makes him so captivating. JPEG is focused on toppling false idols, giving power back to the people. The hammer & sickle in his Twitter bio is not for show. There’s never a sense of artifice. Pretense is not in Peggy’s vocabulary, and this idea is shown throughout the album.
To me, All My Heroes Are Cornballs is most analogous to James Ferraro’s Far Side Virtual. Both artists draw from the same pool of internet anxiety, with JPEG’s memetic technology and kinetic mindset paralleling Ferraro’s dread of automation and late-stage capitalism web osteria. But while Ferraro documented the horror of far side virtual from above, Peggy is in the eye of the storm, pushing against our structural confines. All My Heroes Are Cornballs serves as an electronic manifesto for his fans, guerilla warfare of the auditory kind. Umberto Eco would be proud.
A personal note: 15 years ago, I was buying DJ Smallz mixtapes on street corners and going to Lightning Bolt shows in crusty, falling-apart Baltimore warehouse space. At that point, Baltimore had never produced a national rapper of any note, unless you want to count someone like DMX (who was born there) or Tupac (who … More »
Danny Brown has released “Dirty Laundry,” the first single from his new album uknowhatimsayin¿. The project will be released Oct. 4 via Warp. Q-Tip executive produced; Flying Lotus, Paul White, Standing On The Corner, and JPEGMAFIA contributed beats. JPEG features on the album, too, along with Blood Orange, Run The Jewels, and Obangjayar. More »
JPEGMAFIA‘s profile has shot into the stratosphere this year. He’s establishing himself as one of alternative hip-hop’s brightest prospects, and his creative crossover appeal has allowed him to reach a continually diversifying fanbase year over year. Now, the LA-based rhymer is preparing to deliver his third studio LP, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, on September 13, and in the spirit of the record’s title, a handful of JPEG’s friends and collaborators put together some …well wishes, ahead of the album’s release.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy appears among James Blake, Kenny Beats, Channel Tres, and JPEGMAFIA’s recent collaborator Flume, in a new trailer for All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Everyone offers their own perspective on the upcoming album, and while the general consensus throughout the cameos is that Cornballs is “trash,” something tells us this might be one of the more intriguing hip-hop records of the year. See the trailer below.
— JPEGMAFIA (@darkskinmanson) August 28, 2019
Of all the rap tropes Peggy “JPEGMAFIA” Peggyson has devicefully inverted over the years, egoism has paid off maybe the most. After all, who doesn’t want to enlist a bunch of famous dudes to talk trash about your album like it’s the worst thing they’ve ever heard? Wait, is this a DIY band dominatrix thing? That’s actually a cool idea.
“The fake Death Grips shit was working but now what-what are we on, what, what is????” -Kenny Beats
All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Peggy’s new album that’s marketed as a “DISAPPOINTMENT,” comes out on September 13. The album trailer, which you can watch below, features a whole-ass crew of kinda-famous-to-pretty-famous folks talking about how bad it is. The video includes James Blake, DJ Dahi,Flume, Channel Tres, Buzzy Lee, Jeff Tweedy, Injury Reserve, Jeff Ellis, and Kenny Beats. Maybe some of them guest on the album? Who knows.
“Everybody think they can make music and shit. … Why y’all call me over here?” -Channel Tres
If you understand irony at the rate that an Instagram meme account understands when to stop posting about ketamine, then it’s worth noting that this so-called garbage album will include the mindbending “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot,” released in August. It’s all just fun, consensual ribbing my dude. Don’t you even sweat it!
Catch Peggy on tour before the album drops at one of the dates below, and watch Kenny Beats’ full reaction video after the trailer:
— JPEGMAFIA (@darkskinmanson) August 28, 2019
JPEGMAFIA Type Tour:
10.14.19 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pubrock
10.15.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Teregram
10.16.19 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
10.18.19 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10.19.19 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
10.20.19 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
10.24.19 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10.25.19 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10.26.19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10.29.19 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10.30.19 – Detroit, MI – The Pike Room
10.31.19 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
11.02.19 – San Diego, CA – Dia De Los Deftones
11.04.19 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11.05.19 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11.08.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.09.19 – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
11.11.19 – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
The disappointment is imminent! In recent months, noise-blasted underground rap provocateur JPEGMAFIA has been hyping up his next album by emphasizing how disappointing it will be. He told me as much in an interview, and he’s continued to say so in various promo bits. Well, prepare to be underwhelmed because the … More »