This. Is. Absolutely. Ridiculous. Best, most creative rapper currently working. I said it! Cos it’s true!
JPEGMAFIA produces like he’s channel surfing at a billion miles an hour. The sheer amount of influences and styles packed into relatively short tracks can at times be a little overwhelming, but when it works, it’s some of the most creatively inspired and unpredictable music out there. SUPER TUESDAY is built around a warping, string-led ballroom sample – like The Caretaker doing woozy hip-hop – and is the last track on his new EP (confusingly titled EP!) that packs a frankly ridiculous amount of ideas into its 26 minute running time.
ROUGH 7 rolls along with a stumbling rhythm that – like a lot of JPEGMAFIA’s music – seems to be doing it’s very best to trip you up, briefly heading down tangents for a few bars before turning back, or stopping altogether, glitching back to the backbone of the track with a jarring quality that makes his music quite unlike anyone else working in rap. It’s unsettling, brilliant and sleazy as fuck.