JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs
Updated: Jun 19
All My Heroes Are Cornballs was rapper, singer, producer JPEGMAFIA’s third album released September 13, 2019. The first single, ‘Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot’ was released a month earlier and a second single, ‘Beta Male Strategies’ was released three days before the album. He had done a lot of promoting for the album after its release, including YouTube videos with other artist such as Denzel Curry and slowthai. Prior to its release Peggy also showed the project to others in the industry such as producer Kenny Beats.
Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot – The opening track starts chaotic then suddenly switches to a calm, dreamy instrumental with rapping to match. Each verse starts this way then switches to a very aggressive flow part way through. The vocals in the chorus are incredible and really showcase what Peggy can do. The track is performed from the point of view of a woman living a ‘thotty’ lifestyle and JPEG uses religious imagery to show similarities between that life and his own. All around a very strong start to the album.
Kenan Vs. Kel – Again this track starts off with a dream-like instrumental. His great lyricism really shows on this track as he raps about taking down his competition. Part of the way through the track the beat switches to a heavy rock/metal instrumental with more aggressive rapping to match where it gets to the point where he sounds almost as if he’s shouting.
Beta Male Strategies – On this track, Peggy questions whether anything online is real. As the track continues, he grows angrier and angrier at people who talk shit on social media as the verses become more aggressive each time, getting to the point where he just attacks those people.
JPEGMAFIA TYPE BEAT – The vocals on this track work themselves into the beat as Peggy shows off his production capabilities very well on this interlude type track.
Grimy Waifu – First song where JPEG focuses on singing and it works well. Functions as a love song towards his gun or weapon of some kind. His vocals on this track a very strong as he utilises autotune well to convey more emotion.
PTSD – More of a personal song which focuses on mental health, hence the title. The choppy flow in the verses reflect these struggles very well alongside another dream-like instrumental.
Rap Grow Old & Die x No Child Left Behind – The loud beat combined with a bassline which basically sounds like white noise makes for a weird sounding track. The vocals remain very good but it’s not my favourite track overall, certainly not bad, however.
All My Heroes Are Cornballs – Focuses on the fact that the people we look up to are usually ‘corny’. Individually the lines don’t really make sense, but the point still comes across. I really love the instrumental and the vocals on this track. The flow on the rapped verse is also incredible. The outro really makes no sense but apparently used because his friend loves Wendy’s which is weird but doesn’t really take away from the track.
BBW – Stands for Black Brian Wilson which is what Peggy describes himself as on the track. Quite a sort song but the quality in the verse is still there.
PRONE! – First track that starts aggressive which is the opposite to the rest so far. This called be as the title ‘prone’ means to be lying face down. The title definitely refers to the content of the track, where he describes killing someone and leaving them face down. The flow in this verse is once again very good.
Lifes Hard, Here’s A Song About Sorrel – This interlude about the Jamaican drink, ‘sorrel’ doesn’t really refer to sorrel and feels kind of unnecessary. Could be referring to his upbringing but doesn’t really work for me.
Thot Tactics – Similar to ‘Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot’ in that it’s performed from the point of view of a ‘thotty’ woman. Good verse but the flow feels slightly weaker than other verses on the album.
Free The Frail – Focuses on the mental health struggles of an overnight sensation. The vocals on this track from Peggy and Helena Deland are some of the best on the album. The verses feel heartfelt and Deland does an incredible job of adding even more emotion to the song. The instrumental on this track is also one of my favourites.
Post Verified Lifestyle – Continues the journey of mental struggles for a breakout star and another track about social media. Aggressive/passionate verses about how fame changed his life.
BasicBitchTearGas – Another track from the perspective of a woman. This is a cover of ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC which Peggy has referred to as one of the best songs ever written. His vocals on the track are once again very good.
DOTS FREESTYLE REMIX – An electronic sounding remix of his own ‘DOTS FREESTYLE’ from Kenny Beats’ show ‘The Cave’. A very cool remix of an already very good freestyle.
BUTTERMILK JESUS TYPE BEAT – Another track where Peggy showcases his producing skills very well.
Papi I Missed U – The main focus of this track is to look back on his career and what he has achieved with references to old songs in the track. The verse is great and is one of few without autotune which makes it seem more raw. Finishes with ‘Amen’ making the song or maybe whole album some kind of prayer.
Overall Thoughts – I really love this album and think it is Peggy’s best yet. The production is effectively flawless, as are his vocals with the use of autotune adding to the various emotions thrown at the listener. The rapping and his flow are very good too. There are so many great tracks on this record, it was hard to pick a single favourite. The majority of tracks follow the structure of starting with a calm flow and switching more aggressive part way through or vice-versa. This makes it feel like he is trying to showcase mental health issues he may have struggled with as it feels like he has mood swings throughout the album. The only problems I have with the album are at some points, the flow feels fairly weak, there’s what feels like an unnecessary interlude and there’s no ‘Damn Peggy’ producer tag at the start of any tracks. Disappointed.
Favourite Track(s) – Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Free The Frail
Great Tracks – All of them Except:
Good Tracks – Rap Grow Old & Die, Lifes Hard, Here’s A Song About Sorrel, Thot Tactics
No Least Favourite