Today the Los Angeles-based rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA announces the release of EP2!, a seven-song blast that further cements his place among rap’s most forward-thinking and visionary artists – your favorite rappers’ favorite rappers. “FIX URSELF!,” the EP’s first offering, is out now on all platforms via EQT Recordings/Republic Records.
The sound and attitude of rap are forever playing catch-up to Peggy’s gnarled collage style of production, and EP2! promises to be no different. JPEGMAFIA is best known for his overdriven and confrontational delivery, but this time out he dials it back and lets the words themselves do the heavy lifting. On records like “FIX URSELF!” and “FEED HER!”, Peggy doesn’t attack so much as burrow into the music, a kaleidoscope of strings and synthesizers and unidentifiable noises. He’s singing just barely over whisper volume, forcing you to lean in as he turns the personal into political and vice versa – from bouts of jealousy to the alt-right movement, from self-doubt to the surveillance state.
As always, Peggy wrote, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered every record on EP2!, which is one reason why nothing ever sounds quite like a JPEGMAFIA record. He spoke about his creative process late last year with Zane Lowe during an in-depth artist interview on Apple Music 1 radio, and has been self-documenting conversations with other artists like Kenny Beats , Lykki Li, Omar Apollo, and Orville Peck in “How To Build A Relationship”, his video diary series as part of Youtube’s Foundry program. JPEGMAFIA’s last full-length, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, was a critical year-end hit upon release in 2019, landing high up on best-of lists from NME, Dazed, FADER, and more.
EP2! is out on February 12, 2021 via EQT Recordings/Republic Records.