Listen Out presents
JPEGMAFIA - SOLD OUT
Born in New York to Jamaican parents, JPEG spent the bulk of his childhood in East Flatbush, Brooklyn (deeply rooted in West Indian culture and black pride) & most of his mid-teens in deep south rural Alabama, bouncing from place to place due to rough circumstances at home.
After graduating high school, JPEG joined the military, deploying to different parts of the world, meeting fellow artists and adding new elements to his producing and rapping repertoire. Now based in Los Angeles, JPEGMAFIA’s sound is dark but not without a humor that makes things even more uncomfortable. His role as villain or satirist, hood protector or nihilist is intentionally hard to put one’s finger on.
“JPEGMAFIA rules — he produces harder beats than anyone and raps with flesh- eating venom for the evil, the hypocritical, and the competition.” - FADER
“ODB at his most formless would be an impossible model for most artists in any century. For JPEG, it’s just the starting point. - PITCHFORK
"his keen command of the crowd and electric performance, coupled with the freshness and punchiness of his songs, made his set the highlight of the evening.... From start to finish, his set was a cathartic explosion of sonic colors. ...the rapid-fire set was downright flawless at capturing the essence of an artist at their most energetic." - Daily Trojan