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JPEGMAFIA’s third studio album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs is a mixture of punk rap, experimental hip hop, lo-fi and trap beats which, in theory, feels like it shouldn’t work – but it does, and does so incredibly well. Peggy’s sound in this album is energetic, sometimes chaotic and melodic, alternating between rap and song. If you’re looking for a fresh trippy sound, provocative bars and a relevant socially conscious message, this is an album worth listening to.
Some themes this album touches on are internet culture and fame, mental health and the racial disparity the rapper faces as a black man in America. Personally, I thought the standout song from the album was ‘Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot’ which touches on the social media status, the fake ego that comes along with internet fame and debating whether to “thot” yourself out for mainstream or financial success. He also includes a kick-ass cover of ‘No Scrubs’ entitled ‘BasicBitchTearGas’ – which is definitely worth listening to!
The strongest thing about this album is just how creative Peggy is with his flows and beats– you’re always left wondering what he’ll come out with next.
Eniola Kasim – Music Writer