Before one can attempt to appreciate “All My Heroes are Cornballs”, the new 18-track album released Sept. 13 by rapper JPEGMAFIA, one must understand what a cornball is. A cornball can be defined as “an unsophisticated person,” according to Merriam Webster. What that has to do with the contents of this album, however, remains a mystery.
New York-born record producer and rapper JPEGMAFIA, whose real name is Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, released his first album in 2016. Friday’s release is his third full-length studio album. According to Billboard, the musician is not currently popular in the realm of hip-hop.
“I’m tryna be a real rapper,” Hendricks said.
If you happen to be looking for some music to enjoy while you study, this is probably not the album for you. Though it is full of witty song titles, like “Kenan Vs. Kel” and my personal favorite, “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot,” the music itself seems more like a confusing jumble of sounds.
Take the title song “All My Heroes are Cornballs”, for instance. It is definitely worth your time to hear it if you enjoy listening to folks experiment with synth keyboards for the first time at the local instrument store.
You may also be interested to learn that the track is filled with several arbitrarily placed vocal runs as well — if you are into that sort of thing.
This trend applies to the rest of the songs on the album. Each track is ridden with meaninglessly arranged synth and vocal sounds. The impression they give is reminiscent of arcade game sound effects with a touch of what can best be described as oriental themes.
While the songs provide an interesting listening experience, they lack what makes music pleasant to the ear — repetition. The human mind craves experiences that have order.
The result of that tendency is because we enjoy music when it flows in a logical and repetitive manner. That is why songs that are catchy are the songs that hit top charts.
We like songs that get stuck in our heads, but it lacks flow and logical repetition. Overall, I found JPEGMAFIA’s album difficult to enjoy.
Of all the tracks on the album, there was one that stood out from the rest as having a more traditional and repetitive song structure.
The song, entitled “Grimy Waifu”, is the easiest and most pleasant song to digest because it maintains a consistent rhythm and repeating chorus — though it is severely lacking in lyrical content.
Even when considering the album’s slightly enjoyable attributes, it seems that JPEGMAFIA’s humorous song titles on “All My Heroes are Cornballs” are more entertaining than the songs themselves.
“All My Heroes Are Cornballs” is now available on all music streaming platforms.