Recently, JPEGMAFIA performed inside a reimagined space on Wednesday, May 8 as part of the Red Bull Music Festival New York. Taking place at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere, JPEGMAFIA performed a tribute to Buttermilk Jesus. Today, Red Bull has released two live performance videos from the show for “Puff Daddy” and “Thug Tears.”
JPEGMAFIA, the 29-year-old rapper/producer has been through too much to suffer fools gladly. JPEG spent his childhood in Brooklyn before his family moved to Alabama. Faced with the south’s stark racism, he found consolation and inspiration in the militant music of Ice Cube and Bad Brains. After a harrowing stint in the Air Force, he earned a masters in journalism, moved to Baltimore, and began making the acerbic, politically-charged songs on early projects like Communist Slow Jams (2015). 2018’s Veteran, on which he skewers cable news anchors and Internet trolls with pointed impersonations, was a critical breakthrough.