With a name like JPEGMAFIA you might expect a group, but it is entirely the work of Barrington Devaughn Hendricks, who produced all of his 2018 album Veteran by himself and does almost all of the rapping, bringing in just a few small-name guests. It's his second full-length as JPEGMAFIA, but he's also got music as Devon Hendryx and The Rockwood Escape Plan that dates back nearly a decade. He's inventive as both a producer and a rapper, and he gives Veteran an experimental, abstract feel that should have Shabazz Palaces fans at the edge of their seats. But he also rivals any handful of conscious rappers and hardcore rappers, dishing out lines about racism, the alt-right, politics, and gentrification that are dripping with venom.

He was living in Baltimore for a while and now lives in LA, but he grew up in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn, and references to the city that birthed him are all over the album, including the anti-gentrification anthem "Williamsburg." He also takes shot at rock stars and rock music in general, including on the song "I Cannot Fucking Wait Until Morrissey Dies," where he calls out the often-problematic Morrissey, the murderer and racist Varg Vikernes of Burzum, Johnny Rotten who made some controversial Trump remarks, and "Tom" who people believe is about Slayer's Tom Araya who has also had some controversial Trump takes. When innovative music, a skilled delivery, a powerful message, and a fearless attitude come together like they do on Veteran, it's very worth paying attention. Stream the album and watch the video for "Baby I'm Bleeding" below.

JPEGMAFIA is touring in April and May, and after that, he'll return to his former hometown of Brooklyn for Afropunk Brooklyn, which goes down August 25 and 26 in Commodore Barry Park. Other artists playing include Erykah Badu, Tyler the Creator, Janelle Monae, The Internet, Secret Circle, Denzel Curry, and more. Tickets are on sale. All JPEGMAFIA dates are listed below.

JPEGMAFIA -- 2018 Tour Dates
THU 19 APRIL The ShelterDetroit, MI, US
FRI 20 APRIL – SAT 21 APRIL ACRN Lobsterfest 2018Athens, OH, US
SUN 22 APRIL Beat KitchenChicago, IL, US
WED 25 APRIL Encore at the Uptown TheaterKansas City, MO, US
FRI 27 APRIL Globe HallDenver, CO, US
SAT 28 APRIL Kilby CourtSalt Lake City, UT, US
MON 30 APRIL Peter's Room, Roseland TheaterPortland, OR, US
TUE 1 MAY Fortune Sound ClubVancouver, BC, Canada
WED 2 MAY Nectar LoungeSeattle, WA, US
FRI 4 MAY Slim'sSan Francisco, CA, US
SAT-SUN 25-26 AUG Afropunk Festival Brooklyn, NY

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