It’s officially JPEGMAFIA season. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Baltimore-native recently, you would know he’s been teasing a “disappointment” for quite some time now, and quite the “disappointment” his new offering, titled “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot”, is.
In all seriousness, the new track is phenomenal, which shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, considering that Peggy is one of the most creative and cutting-edge rap artists to rise out of the past decade. While the song will switch up on a dime, it’s his vocals that are providing the most variation, proving his versatility more than ever on a single track. The production becomes noisy when Peggy is screaming his heart out, and spacey when he belts out his sweet auto-tune vocals on the song’s refrain, which I personally can’t get out of my head: “you better count your blessings for REEEEAALLL.”
What remains consistent at the core of this track is an off-kilter piano melody that serves as a foundation for the track. It’s pretty addictive and proves to be the only thing listeners can rely on being there for them throughout the track’s two and a half minutes, as warping synthesizers and heavy drums bounce in and out, underlying Peggy’s witty and emphatic bars. He’ll comfort us with the idea that he puts his soul “into every bar, into every verse, into every rhyme”, and then ruthlessly rap later “I’ll put your soul in a struggle bar”, which isn’t exactly out of character, and it’s lines like this that serve as a reminder of how great it is to be blessed with new JPEGMAFIA music, especially considering a new project is on the way.
Any fan of Peggy’s 2018 breakout record Veteran will love this track. It’s catchy, features multiple quotables, and the next-level production is distinct as ever, proving Peggy’s ability to reinvent his sound while still creating something that couldn’t be made by anyone other than him. The greatness of this track despite it’s unconventional structure and amalgamation of different sounds is a testament to Peggy’s artistic originality on all fronts.
I can’t wait for JPEGMAFIA to “disappoint” us again soon, check out the visuals below and listen to the track on all streaming services here!