The breakout rule-breaker on his confrontational raps and noisy productions, ahead of his Red Bull Music Festival performance.
The MC and producer Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, AKA JPEGMAFIA, is known for his sharp-tongued raps and brutal beats. Born in New York to Jamaican parents, he spent his formative years in Alabama before enlisting in the Air Force, where he was stationed in the Middle East, Germany and Japan. Upon returning stateside he moved to Baltimore, drawn by the city’s thriving underground music scene, and that is where JPEGMAFIA was born. Spitting caustic verses with razor-sharp wit over an abrasive collage of glitches and beats, JPEGMAFIA targets everyone from the cops to internet trolls — thanks to a humorously dark delivery, the blow of such acerbic attacks are softened and made more accessible. In 2018 he released his debut album Veteran, a critical breakthrough by all standards. Today Vivian welcomes the now-LA-based rapper to the studio to discuss what he’s been working on, and what to expect from his performance this month as part of Red Bull Music Festival New York.