By Jack Martino
LOS ANGELES, CA – Every ten years or so, American music magazine Rolling Stone releases their picks for the 500 greatest albums of all time, and this year, thankfully, they gave the number one spot to a deserving album. Abbey Road? Nope. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? No way. My First Album by Peppa Pig.
Well, Rolling Stone, you finally got it right. Congratulations. For the uninformed reader whose ears are virgins to Peppa’s music, let me throw in my own analysis on why My First Album may be the next To Pimp a Butterfly.
I have been saying for years that Peppa Pig should have more hype surrounding her. Since her days as an underground rapper battling drug addiction and gang life on the streets of London, Peppa has separated herself from her peers with tight lyricism and exquisite choice of beats on her first mixtape, Street Swine. People mocked her when she abandoned the UK Drill scene to focus on children’s bangers, but she told reporters she had to “stay true to her heart.”
Ever since, each single has been a slow rise to the top for Peppa, leading to her eventual signing with Columbia Records in 2018. Speculation about her first album created a media frenzy, as it was reported Travis Scott, Kanye West, Lil Tay, Jake Paul, 24kgoldn, 50 Cent’s younger cousin Quarta, the USC Marching Band, John Lennon, a reincarnated Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Stalin, and God himself would all appear on the album.
In a true baller move, Peppa cut all of them from the final project. People often say J. Cole went triple platinum with no features for 2014 Forest Hills Drive, but no one remembers that Peppa went eight times platinum with no features in under a week. For a publication like Rolling Stone to acknowledge the sheer genius of Peppa is a deserved win for pigs and music enjoyers everywhere. I want to personally congratulate Rolling Stone on their greatest achievement yet.
The next time a homie passes you the AUX, stop and think. Rolling Stone approves. Jack Martino approves. Why not you? “Bing Bong Zoo” and “Balloon Ride” are the new “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” after all.