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Album Review: All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA

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JPEGMAFIA is a rapper and producer from Baltimore. Shortly after the release of Veteran, he gained a lot of attention within the music world. All My Heroes Are Cornballs marks his third studio album and most experimental to date.

The first track off the album is Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot. The track opens up with people yelling, which could be from a previous concert. After the yelling, the song contains a soft piano beat in the background. JPEGMAFIA makes a lot of religious references on this track while also singing a bit during the chorus. While I don't see anything bad or wrong with this track, I am a bit underwhelmed for an album opener.

Next, we have Kenan Vs. Kel. It's another light beat at first, but will quickly change during the halfway point of the track. He has some clever and interesting lines, especially the reference to Kanye West and fans wanting him to drop Yandhi. The second part of the track features a guitar/bass repeating the same note over and over again. To me, it sounds like an alarm that is going off in a factory. Overall, it is one of the heavier hitting tracks on the album.

Beta Male Strategies is the next track off the album. Again, the beat starts out with a light beat, which reminds me of music in the eastern hemisphere. The beat quickly changes at the halfway point with more of a video game sounding vibe, as well as a guitar riffing for awhile. The video game sound could be a reference to what JPEGMAFIA is talking about. He talks about how people say things online, but don't think about what they are truly saying. If they would say something like that in real life, it would be a different story. Most of the people on the internet are just hiding behind their keyboards.

JPEGMAFIA TYPE BEAT starts out with voices as the beat. It's a short track that eventually leads to Grimy Waifu. Waifu is a term in the anime world where people, normally a male, would call an anime girl which they like, or have romantic affection for. JPEGMAFIA has said that in this case, his "waifu" is a gun. He has spent some time in the military and he said that he would have to sleep with his gun. I actually really enjoy his singing on this track.

Next, we get into the track titled PTSD. On this track, he talks about the health issue, as well as the reoccurring theme of haters. He's really annoyed that people will talk bad about someone, but are afraid to say it to his face.

Rap Grow Old & Die x No Child Left Behind is another two-parter. In my opinion, JPEGMAFIA goes off on the second verse of the first part of the track. He has a nice flow and has some clever lines in there. The second part of the song is pretty short, and I feel like he doesn't take it as seriously as the first part.

After that, we have the title track, All My Heroes Are Cornballs. On this beat, he uses some electronic notes that were sprinkled throughout the end of some other tracks. According to JPEGMAFIA, he said that the song is about role models being corny people. I also agree with him that this track is just executed in a strange way. There's singing, rapping, and just random music ideas littered through the track.

On the halfway point of the track, we get to BBW. On this track, he repurposes the term BBW to mean Black Brian Wilson. Brian Wilson is a part of the Beach Boys. JPEGMAFIA also likes to talk about his success and how he's surprised, but happy for making a living off of his music career.

PRONE! is another track that features the guitar/bass riffing in the background, as well as some aggressive percussion. Besides the aggressive beat, JPEGMAFIA talks about killing someone, which could be a reference to killing one of the haters that are too afraid to talk to him to his face.

Lifes Hard, Here's A Song About Sorrel is a short, minute-long track. It's an interesting, electronic-filled track. Sorrel is a drink that is popular in Jamaica. While it's an interesting track, I do think it's strange to fit this track in the middle of the album.

On Thot Tactics, JPEGMAFIA takes the perspective of a female. In the chorus, he talks about what some women might say to a guy to get their attention. I don't really have too much to say about this track, but it has an interesting concept.

After that, we have Free The Frail. On this track, he talks about his rise in fame and popularity. Even though a lot of people love his music now, he still feels the same and doesn't feel like he's a special person. This is a very simplistic track compared to the other songs on this album. It ends on an acapella note from Helena Deland.

Post Verified Lifestyle is the next track. In the beginning, there is a lo-fi type beat going on. In society, Twitter and Instagram give a verified badge to show that they are the actual person. It is given to people who are usually famous or well known. JPEGMAFIA talks about his fame and his "life" after getting verified on social media.

BasicBitchTearGas is a quick one minute song. This is also a cover of No Scrubs by TLC. It's a different cover, but I don't think it does the original song justice.

DOTS FREESTYLE REMIX is a remix of his original DOTS FREESTYLE. Again, I am getting an eastern hemisphere music influence on this track with the beat. Towards the end of the track, the beat reminds me of a vaporwave track.

BUTTERMILK JESUS TYPE BEAT is another short track from the album. There isn't too much going on during the track and it is mostly an instrumental beat that is played for a quick minute.

We finally get to the last track of the album which is called Papi I Missed U. This track is a bit nostalgic since he references some of his past tracks on other albums like Veteran and Black Ben Carson. The last minute of the track contains an interesting outro to end the track. The album starts out light and ends light.

While not enjoying it as much as I did with Veteran, this is still a solid project to listen to. Let me know what you thought of the album down below in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: Kenan Vs. Kel, Grimy Waifu, PRONE!


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