Young Thug is a rapper, singer & songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia that exploded into the mainstream in 2014 due to the collaborative single “Lifestyle” with Rich Homie Quan. The man would eventually go on to reveal himself as a trailblazer in the trap subgenre with a handful of mixtapes. The most notable of which being the Slime Season trilogy, Barter 6, JEFFERY & BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS. He spent last year showcasing the artists on his 300 Entertainment imprint YSL Records with a mediocre compilation titled Slime Language as well as dropping 2 solid EPs: Hear No Evil & On the Rvn. But to celebrate his 28th birthday this year, he’s giving fans his long-awaited full-length debut & has brought on J. Cole to executive produce the whole thing.
The album kicks off with “Just How It Is”, where Thugger lets the listener in about his fame over an acoustic trap beat from Wheezy. The new song “Sup Mate” with Future sees the 2 flexing over a murky DY beat while the track “Ecstasy” talks about partying over an eerie trap beat. The song “Hot” with Gunna sees the 2 bragging over some victorious horns while the track “Light It Up” flaunts over a bass-heavy Pi’erre Bourne beat.
The song “Surf” with Gunna sees the 2 talking about their places in hip hop over a spacious trap beat & while the track “Bad Bad Bad” with Lil Baby sees the 2 talking about their rich lifestyles, the beat is just ok. The song “Lil Baby” pays tribute to 10 different artists that he’s worked with over a moody Pi’erre beat while the song “What’s the Move?” with [Lil Uzi Vert] sees the 2 pondering the next steps in their romantic relationships over an atmospheric beat.
The song “I Bought Her” with Lil Duke sees the 2 talking about taking their ladies on a shopping spree over a synth-heavy trap beat from DJ Durel while the track “Jumped Out the Window” talks about trapping over a vicious trap beat. The song “I’m Scared” with Doe Boy & 21 Savage sees the 3 talking about cops over a cloudy Pi’erre beat while the track “Cartier Gucci Scarf” with Lil Duke sees the the 2 showing off their designer possessions over a bland beat.
The song “Big Tipper” with Lil Keed sees the 2 getting promiscuous over a trap beat from Southside with some cool organs every here & there while the track “Pussy” gets rowdy over an baleful beat. The song “Circle of Bosses” with Quavo sees the 2 talking about being top dogs over a country trap beat while the track “Mannequin Challenge” with Juice WRLD sees the 2 boasting over a J. Cole & T-Minus instrumental with some rubbery bass.
The penultimate song “Boy Back” with NAV is of course a boring wealth anthem despite DJ Mustard’s production having some great guitar passages throughout & then the album ends with “The London”, where Cole & Thugger both talk about the things they would do at the titular hotel in Beverly Hills over a vibrant T-Minus beat.
I’ve been waiting for Young Thug to drop a full-length album & at the end, it could very well be the best trap project of 2019. It truly lives up to it’s name as most of the material on here is catchy in terms of both vocal melodies & instrumentation.