Jpegmafia is a record producer and rapper from Baltimore, Maryland. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and has since focused on his musical career, releasing the albums “Black Ben Carson” and “The Second Amendment” in 2016. His album “Veteran” was released in 2018 and has received much praise from established music houses. The LA-based rapper’s musical genre can be divided into the categories of emo-rap, experimental hip-hop, and industrial hip-hop. Jpegmafia was inspired to become a rapper by the American rapper Ice Cube.
Jpegmafia: Biography & Age
Jpegmafia, whose real name is Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, was born on October 22, 1989. He was born to Jamaican parents in Hempstead, New York. He lived in Queens and East Flatbush, Brooklyn before moving to Alabama at the age of 13. It was in Alabama that Jpegmafia claimed to have experienced much racism and discrimination that influenced his music in later years.
Hendricks moved to Louisiana after joining the Air Force. As a young man, he completed 4 years of touring service in Iraq. He also spent part of his time in Germany and Japan before settling in Baltimore after being honorably discharged in 2015.
His interest in music began when he was in the military. During his military service in Japan, he founded the music group “Ghostpop” and began to make and publish music called Jpegmafia. After moving to Baltimore, he continued to release music as a solo artist under the same name.
When asked about his goal for his musical career, Jpegmafia responds that he takes his music career seriously and wants to make it his full-time job. He added that he wants to make music and beats and get paid for it. He also wants to be a popular artist, releasing great albums that make him relevant even after his death. Jpegmafia also believes that this is the era of hip-hop where there is music for everyone. He has worked with artists such as Kenny Beats, Denzel Curry, and Clipping.
Not much is publicly known about the family into which Jpegmafia was born, apart from the fact that his parents are of Jamaican descent. The rapper is in a relationship with a girl that has remained a mystery to the media. According to an article in True Laurels 2015, his girlfriend owns a studio in the Bolton Hill district of Baltimore.
Facts About the Rapper
1. How he was able to make music in the military
The military is not a place where one could afford the luxury of devoting oneself to music, and this raises the question of how Jpegmafia was able to do this. Well, the rapper had to wait until everyone was asleep and worked into the night so he could work on his music undisturbed.
2. Jpegmafia re-appropriates ideas and symbols in his song
Most of his music and actions are about the reappropriation of ideas and symbols. For example, he wears an American flag on his hat to represent what America means to him and also to reappropriate the use of the American flag.
3. Music as an instrument of social awareness and change
Jpegmafia uses its music to speak out against discrimination, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and political hackerism. He believes that the world needs more sincere free thinkers who can really say what they think and feel and who have real intentions. He draws inspiration for his music from the things happening around him. For example, “Darkskin Manson” was inspired by the death of Freddie Grays by the police.
4. Self-Produced Album
His 2018 album “Veteran” was produced entirely in-house. The album contains songs like “Veteran”, “Baby I “m Bleeding”, “Rock N Roll Is Dead”, “Panic Emoji”, “Thug Tears” and “1539 N. Calvert”. The album was described as his best work with an artistic collection of songs. In his opinion, the album shows the experience of being black, especially in a country that continues to openly speak hostilely about their existence. It was released through Deathbomb Arc.
5. Jpegmafia in Coachella
Together with many others, Jpegmafia stood in line for his first Coachella appearance in the 2019 issue.
6. Back-up Career
In an effort to hold on to a music career, some rappers have gone so far as to get their face tattooed because no employer would be interested in one with a tattooed face, but for Jpegmafia he has a plan B. When asked what he would do if the music was no longer lucrative, he told journalists.
7. Net Worth
Most of his income comes from rapping and producing, especially from his self-produced album “Veteran”. So far, Jpegmafia has been able to accumulate a net worth of $500,000.