Rapper JPEGMAFIA plays behind his complex debut album. Tix/info
On his recently released debut album, Veteran, experimental rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA, a.k.a. Peggy, explores beats that sound like glitchy versions of trap productions, but with elements of noisy sound collage reminiscent of rap collectives like Clipping. The album's tracks often jump from abrasive distortion to dreamily chill interludes.
Peggy identifies himself as a veteran of the U.S. Army, which invites the listener to associate his persona with that loaded political term. As he disses everything from the president to feminists, and jokes about trying to have sex with Kellyanne Conway, like on the track "1539 Calvert" (a reference to a defunct but legendary Baltimore recording studio), you realize he's trying to insult everyone, and that's part of the point. We don't usually think of veterans as being expert enough in internet culture to throw around these targeted references, but Peggy achieves this at a breakneck clip. With these wide-ranging disses, Peggy become difficult to pin down. On "I Might Vote For Donald Trump," Peggy and collaborator Freaky announce, basically, that the state of democracy in America is so degraded, and the fact the Trump was even able to run in the first place is so abhorrent, that they might vote for him, "Just to say I did it." —Reid Kurkerewicz