Take the most bizarre, abstract ideas you think could ever live in tandem with the virility of hip-hop, and standing before you will be JPEGMAFIA.
JPEGMAFIA is the contrarian rap alias of Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks who writes, records and masters every release in his home studio in Baltimore.
The rapper rose to prominence with releases like Communist Slow James, Black Ben Carson and The 2nd Amendment, each release designed to provoke and incite. He quickly gained a rather notorious and radical reputation, often combining a dark sense of humour with extremely sensitive opinions regarding politics – most notably Donald Trump and police violence.
The world quickly learned that JPEGMAFIA was an artist with huge potential, combining strong lyricism with experimental beats.
In 2018, he released the album Veteran on which he ups the ante. It was called “one of the most in-your-face, off-the-wall and creative rap projects of 2018” by The Needle Drop.
Veteran is all over the map with influences from trap, cloud rap, trip-hop and perhaps even some horrorcore. The 29-year-old rapper shows himself as an incredibly versatile vocalist. He lets his voice range from a mellow flow to raspy shouting. JPEGMAFIA’s main strength is his unpredictability and his experimentalism.
That’s on record. Live is a whole other matter.
In concert, JPEGMAFIA has a not-to-be-fucked-with attitude and a through-the-roof live energy that few can match. Expect him to yell his songs ten times harder than he does on record, to wonkily stomp across the stage and even to rampage into the crowd to make it a dance floor. He whips his audience into a frenzy in no time. And he breathes chaos – so get ready for it!