Because of Peggy’s futuristic, singular and experimental vision of what Hip Hop is, his music is an acquired taste. We really liked Black Ben Carson (2016) and the brutal Veteran (2018), but we didn’t care for All My Heroes Are Cornballs (2019) at all – which was edgy strictly for edginess sake as far as we are concerned (lots of people loved that album, so obviously we just didn’t understand what Peggy intended). For us, AMHAC was little more than a bunch of badly mastered sounds seemingly thrown together randomly, a messy wall of noise with bad rapping and worse singing.
LP! is way better, more like Veteran: still experimental and edgy, but a rap album at its core – and an intriguing one too. Peggy’s personality and attitude, and his willingness to push the envelope come off as always, and on LP! he has reached a new stage of maturity. The synth- and bass-heavy production on LP! is masterful and Peggy shines with his vocal performances this time around.
Two different versions were released: the Online Version and the Offline Version. The online version is the one on streaming services and can be seen as the record label’s ‘theatrical release’, while the offline version is like Peggy’s ‘director’s cut’. Both are great, but because of modifications, better sequencing, and the addition of five new songs the Offline Version is the superior project. The Online Version feels more like a compilation (with a couple of tracks carried over from Peggy’s two last EP’s), the Offline Version has more tracks and no recycled ones – we feel the Offline Version should have been the commercial release. Of the two, the Offline Version is the one that has the feel of a future classic.
The offline version of LP! is by far the best JPEGMAFIA project to date. It’s much more fleshed out than Black Ben Carson, Veteran, and AMHAC are, more accessible and less abrasive too – while managing to retain the aspects that made these works so edgy and fun. After a suitable period of marinating, LP! (The Offline Version) will undoubtedly be considered one of the best experimental Hip Hop albums ever made.
Release date: October 22, 2021.
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