JPEGMAFIA
Veteran


4.5
superb

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
February 1st, 2018 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: internet rap, live from a hotboxed college dorm.

JPEGMAFIA has a lot going on in the back of his mind, due to his completely shaken down to earth mental state. So do his fans, it seems. There’s been a lot of change in JPEGMAFIA’s sound due to his come-up just even since 2016’s promising Black Ben Carson, which had some intriguing production and witty lyricism, but the project was inconsistent enough that I forgot about it until I came back to JPEGMAFIA for Veteran. Was that deserved" He was really going to have to step his game up in the booth and even behind the production, if he wanted to make a worthwhile project. But with Veteran, JPEGMAFIA has cleary assessed his faults and brutally asserted his dominance in the underground experimental rap scene with this pounding collection of 19 tracks, churning out one of the most captivating and all-encompassing rap records of the last decade.

What makes Veteran so intriguing isn’t really its style, but the fact that it’s aware and “real” about what it’s talking about, giving off a sense of consciousness without seeming pretentious. It’s not concerned with trying to make bangers or attract fans, it’s not concerned with sending some sort of cryptic message, and especially not concerned with being something greater than it is. But you already motherfuckin know JPEGMAFIA is concerned with all the bullshit being generated by these fake ass internet rappers trying to milk reddit’s saggy fuckin flapjack tits for any sort of sense of “fantano cred” or god fucking forbid ”cult status”. JPEGMAFIA is making a statement laden with no sense of caring, and stating there should be no sense of dishonesty in art, which is what’s inferred by songs such as “My Thoughts on Neogaf Dying” and it’s droning calls of “i don’t care. i don’t care. i don’t care.” that linger until it’s drilled in the back of your mind. Even song titles like the absolutely hilarious “I Can’t Fucking Wait Until Morrissey Dies” let the listener know off the bat that no one is safe and everything in the eyes of JPEGMAFIA (and probably his fans) is equal.

Sure, the sporadic and stylistically inconsistent production gives off internet-rap undertones, and the sharp cuts that go from every type of person to every political spectrum to himself make this record quite varied in tone as the tracklist goes on, but it’s not concerned with being anything great. JPEGMAFIA is throwing down material for honesty and to make callouts to shit no one else in music is really making callouts to, like fucking Myke C Town of DeadEndHipHop’s luscious ass locks or stuck up conceited ass vegans and everything in between. The lyrics are all over the place and as an album, it doesn’t really serve to convey much of a message because not wanting to convey a message is Veteran’s intent anyways. So is JPEGMAFIA doing the best he can to create a listening environment that totals out every aspect and flaw of good and garbage hip hop of today" You’d be kidding yourself if you said he weren’t. Is the production overambitious and reeking of SATURATION and Live From The Dentist’s Office fan service" Probably, but that only serves to aid the overall sound and artistic stylings that JPEGMAFIA brings to the table, and with Veteran he has satisfied himself as an artist that does not care about what you care about.



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ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

was sitting on this one for a few days, thanks to Unique, Brostep, and Clover (and whoever else) for proofreading and making this not as shitty!! congrats to all the new staff and contrib, maybe i’ll get it next year :D happy 40 reviews friends

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ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also what a way to celebrate my 40th by writing probably my most vulgar and informal review yeehaw rip my approval prob

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2018


1527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review is pretty engaging, finna drop a pos.

As for the album, it's pretty unremarkable and now its got fantano cred lol.

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Dedes
February 1st 2018


5810 Comments


"but you already motherfuckin know JPEGMAFIA is concerned with all the bullshit being generated by these fake ass internet rappers trying to milk reddit’s saggy fuckin flapjack tits for any sort of sense of “fantano cred” or god fucking forbid ”cult status”
Ian why

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bc the review was boring and i wanted to have fun with it

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also ty bloon!! congrats so hard on the promotion man u deserve it more than anyone

TheMrAlexK
February 1st 2018


9983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wait Ian I thought you were a contrib what

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah man usertier 5eva

Papa Universe
February 1st 2018


16026 Comments


jPOSmafia

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Prancer
February 1st 2018


798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

album is decent experimentally, but I can't take the rapper seriously when he believes the US govt has a secret agenda to kill black people.

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you guys!! also yeah i can def see that prancer

Veldin
February 1st 2018


3333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought that notion was satirical? O_o

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i took it as satirical i don’t think he’s actually serious

Prancer
February 1st 2018


798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

no he actually said something like that in an interview lol

ZombieToyDuck
February 1st 2018


4893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There’s been a lot of change in JPEGMAFIA’s sound due to his come-up just even since 2016’s promising Black Ben Carson



just even seems like it could be cut out here



if he wanted to make a worthwhile projec.

missed a "t" on project here bud



other than those edits man this reads really well have a pos!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2018


6667 Comments


"It’s not concerned with trying to make bangers or attract fans, it’s not concerned with sending some sort of cryptic message, and especially not concerned with being something greater than it is, but you already motherfuckin know JPEGMAFIA is concerned with all the bullshit being generated by these fake ass internet rappers trying to milk reddit’s saggy fuckin flapjack tits for any sort of sense of “fantano cred” or god fucking forbid ”cult status”."
- I'd trim this one down, b.

ianblxdsoe
February 1st 2018


1885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fiiiiine



edit: just changed up the punctuation bc that sentence is like the shining gem of this review lol

TheMrAlexK
February 1st 2018


9983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is the production overambitious and reeking of SATURATION and Live From The Dentist’s Office fan service"




I think you meant to put a question mark there.



Anyways, why does this keep being compared to Brockhampton? Especially outside of the fantano stuff I don't get it.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2018


6667 Comments


the question mark thing is a bug

TheMrAlexK
February 1st 2018


9983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ooo nvm



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