For most artists, 35 tracks is enough to give us three albums worth of material. They’d space it out. J-Pegs the Legend decided to make 35 tracks for one album, taking it back to the mixtape days. Marathon Man, released last Friday, is one helluva album. Pegs has always been one to spit his ass off, but this one takes it to another level.
Taking influence from Nipsey Hussle‘s mantra, Marathon Man definitely continues Pegs’ marathon and features him rapping on instrumentals that range from mid-2000s Southern rap, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-esque opulence to modern boombap. It’s an interesting look into one of DAR Elite’s most eclectic artists. I’ll admit that, by the end of the project, I was ready for the conclusion. But that’s not because the tracks were bad or dragged on. On the contrary, Pegs gives strong performances throughout. It’s more that 35 tracks is a lot to digest in a few sittings. I’d suggest listening to this one in segments, only to avoid fatigue with it.
Length aside, the project gives vulnerability and swagger at the same time. As mentioned, it’s an interesting look at who Pegs is. A white rapper who doesn’t exactly fit into the mold of what you’d expect from a white rapper, Pegs is impressive on this one. He gives us introspection and realizations about himself as a man and an artist, all the while also showing his ass and showing out. It’s a dope listen and one I’d recommend even if I didn’t know Pegs personally. Check out Marathon Man below (or via the song.link link above) and remember to support dope music in all its forms.