There was this rap-video cliché in the late ’90s. The rapper would jump out a window, with police chasing him. Or he’d be in a boat, with DEA chasing him. Or he’d be face-to-face with the sworn enemy that we met four minutes earlier. And these words would flash across the screen: “To be continued…” … More »
Back in 2014, when world-conquering trap star T.I. was entering his veteran phase and visionary freak Young Thug was the most exciting force in rap, the two Atlanta natives teamed up for one of the best songs of their respective careers, “About The Money.” Rather than clashing, their respective energies brought out the … More »
Young Thug‘s released the highly anticipated On the Rvn EP.
Despite its fair share of setbacks and Thugger’s arrest earlier this year, the rapper’s managed to nab a who’s-who of artists for the work, creating an experimental roster that spans generations and genres while putting diehard fans at ease.
This is Thugger for the radio. With features from 6LACK and Jaden Smith and even a starry-eyed Elton John appearance on the project’s final track “High” — Thugger’s own homage to John’s seminal Honky Château hit “Rocket Man — the EP’s Thugger’s most left-of-field pop star self-positioning to date.
He seamlessly transitions from rapping and singing on the terrifically terrible, and yet beautiful ambient crooning of the EP’s standout “High.” And although the Elton John track initially leaked in August, fans are finally invited to absorb Young Thug’s imperfectly autotuned “I’m a rocket man” croons in full. The rapper’s somewhere out in the stratosphere on “High,” channeling a level of brevity and experimentation that feels grounded solely in its nonexistence, and it’s a theme that runs the entire work.
If you’re wondering where Young Thug gets off giving his new EP basically the same name as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s co-headlining tour: Bey and Jay may have made a fortune playacting the fugitive lifestyle, but Young Thug has been out here actually on the run in recent months. More »
Young Thug has been arrested in Georgia on five felony violations of the state’s controlled substances act. A search on the judicial system website for DeKalb County shows that he was booked by the county sheriff’s office at about 2:25 on Tuesday, 9/11. The charges apparently stem from an arrest last year, when … More »
As long as there has been pop music, there have been boy bands. But ask any American about the “boy band era” and they’ll probably assume you’re talking about the turn of the millennium, when Backstreet Boys and NSYNC led an insurgent army of meticulously styled hormone-activating ensembles. These dreamboat teams were the predominant unit … More »
Young Thug released his Slime Language compilation project last week — and got arrested during the listening party at Dave & Buster’s — but of course our man Jeffery always has more music in the vault. Today we get to hear one intriguing artifact from those archives: a song billed as … More »