Having both emerged from hip hop’s underground, rappers–producers JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown have built something of a cult following for themselves. The pair have become known for their genre–bending sound and their distorted, unhinged melodies, as well as their deceptively poetic lyricism, which tends to blend deeply personal reflections on race, poverty and addiction with wacky observations on internet culture.
Their new album, Scaring The Hoes, is out today, and mixes internet meme colloquialism (“ur scaring the hoes”) with the visuals of 1973 blaxploitation action film, Sweet Jesus, Preacher – which feels like something of a giant shitpost in itself. With the track “Lean Beef Patty” opening with “first off, fuck Elon Musk”, the duo stay true to their internet-centric roots, with the chronically online references continuing throughout. This experimental rap album is a mindfuck of shifting tempos and crashing beats, complemented by the pair’s witty lyricism, a break from the commercial hegemony of your everyday RapCaviar hit.
Elsewhere in the world, Croation Armour shares a new introspective, instrumental homage to his late brother with A Part Of You In Everything; while Arlo Park returns with My Soft Machine, a “deeply personal” second studio album about navigating the beautiful mess of her twenties.