Baltimore rapper/producer JPEGMAFIA has garnered much attention this year, and it is much deserved. His new album Veteran is the groundbreaking and forward thinking album Hip Hop needs right now. Today Peggy shared his new music video for the opening track off the album titled “1539 N. Calvert.” The video is a tribute to the “Bell Foundry,” a building in Baltimore that housed dozens of artists and hosted live shows. It was unfortunately shut down, but many DIY artists in the Baltimore scene hold their experiences near and dear to their hearts. You can watch the video for “1539 N. Calvert” below:
Artist: Death Grips
Album: Year of the Snitch
Genre: Industrial Hip Hop/Experimental
With a band like “Death Grips,” a band that have built a career on abrasion and dark subject matter, there’s a high risk of becoming a gimmick. Sure their music is brilliant and one might even say they’re the most important band of the decade, but there’s always that chance that a band like this can succumb to expectations and tropes they have created for themselves, but as the band have proven plenty of times in the past, they really don’t care about satisfying their fanbase. Their new album Year of the Snitch is further proof of that. After years of reinvention after reinvention, the band have yet again reinvented themselves. Sure this is unmistakably a “Death Grips” album, it’s noisy as Hell, and MC Ride continues to deliver aggressive and paranoid vocals with cryptic lyrics that are nearly impossible to decipher, but this is surprisingly their most Experimental and bizarre work yet. If their previous album Bottomless Pit was the band going back to the basics of their debut The Money Store, then Year of the Snitch is the band expressing to us all that this is a second incarnation of themselves. This album is a sinister odyssey that will leave the listener uneasy and confused. There are “A Clockwork Orange” sounding synths all throughout this album, and at times it even sounds like the band is being possessed by “The Residents.” Oh yeah this album is bizarre, and it is glorious.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
The wait is finally over. We now have a release date for Death Grips’ upcoming album Year of the Snitch. It will be released on June 22nd, which is just around the corner. The band have also shared another new track off the album titled “Ha ha ha.” You can listen to the track below: