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JPEGMAFIA Embarks on the LP! Tour

Update: JPEGMAFIA’s latest project “LP!” is now available. Stream it below.

“Damn, Peggy!”

I couldn’t tell you how many times I found myself blurting that out after going to see the first show of JPEGMAFIA‘s LP! Tour at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif. The tour comes in support of this next project “LP!,” which is set to drop on Oct. 22 (that’s also his brithday!)

It isn’t a secret to Peggy fans the type of raw energy he brings to each and every single performance, and the Santa Ana show was everything you’d expect from a Peggy concert: a lot of sweat, a lot of raging, and a lot of madness.

JPEGMAFIA has always been an artist I’ve been wanting to see live, as the many videos and photos I’ve seen of him performing are a display of fiery emotions. If there’s one person to not hold back, it’s Peggy.

One thing that stood out to me (and this might not be new to his fans) was the fact that he was DJ’ing his own set. He’d walk back to his laptop, drop a track, then unleash flames to the crowd. His connection to his fans is another thing that goes unnoticed. There were a handful of times he could be seen diving into the crowd without hesitation. Speaking of the fans, “wild” would probably best describe the atmosphere in the center pit. When bangers like “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot” or “Baby I’m Bleeding” dropped, the entire venue lost it. My personal favorite “1539 N Calvert” had me vibing as well, as his flow on that track is straight flames.

Exhibit A: an Instagram user’s post from the Santa Ana show. Click through and it’ll give you a good idea of how intense this show was.

With the new album “LP” coming in just a few days, keep an eye out for the rest of Peggy on his tour. The more-than-20-show trek across the country brings him all the way back to Southern California for the finale at The Belasco in Los Angeles on Dec. 4th. You can find tickets here. This sets up his massive European tour which is scheduled for next spring. Check out some of my favorite photos of the Santa Ana show below. Of course, no mosh pits for me, as I wasn’t trying to go home with a broken camera or black eye. Or both.

Until the next one, peace!

Contact the writer/photographer at brianaustinalvarado@gmail.com or @visualsnipe on Instagram and Twitter.