Young Thug


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Barter 6 (2015), 6.5/10
Slime Season (2015), 5.5/10
Slime Season 2 (2015), 5/10
Slime Season 3 (2016), 6/10
No My Name is Jeffery (2016), 7/10
I'm Up (2016), 4/10
Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017), 5/10
So Much Fun (2019), 5/10
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Atlanta's rapper Jeffery "Young Thug" Williams became an auteur (not only star) of trap not only with the singles Stoner (2013) and Danny Glover (2013) but also with the mixtapes I Came From Nothing 3 (2012), although a bit too chaotic, and 1017 Thug (2013), which contains the delirious, feral 2 Cups Stuffed (produced by Jonathan "Supah Mario" Priester) and the drunk, Jamaican-infected Picacho (produced by Jay Neutron). Couple to creative productions, his eccentric mumble rap (often a high-pitched warble) shone on his first major mixtape, Barter 6 (2015). Wesley "Wheezy" Glass produced Constantly Hating, a spectral duet with his label boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams over a slow tom-tom beat, the funereal atmosphere of Never Had it, the minimal street rap Amazing, and Young Thug's most frantic performance, Just Might Be. London "London on da Track" Holmes produced With That, wrapped in ominous synth lines, Halftime, against neurotic ticking and haunting female vocals, and the theatrical Check (2015), over a delicate malimba sonata, with the immortal nonsensical lines "If the cops pull up, I put that crack in my crack / Or (pause) I put that brack in my brack."

He was catchy while being avantgarde on Slime Season (2015), a collaboration with several producers that yielded his classic Best Friend, followed by the overlong Slime Season 2 (2015), that contains Thief in the Night, and the very brief Slime Season 3 (2016), that contains With Them and Digits. If the "Slime Season" trilogy were condensed in a six-song EP, it would be the masterpiece of trap.

The ridiculous mixtape I'm Up (2016) nonetheless contains one of his best songs, F Cancer, as well as the previous single Hercules.

His delirious apex was the mixtape No My Name is Jeffery (2016), produced by Bryan "TM88" Simmons and Wheezy. It contains both virtuoso vocal performances and virtuoso beats. The former include Wheezy's dub-infected Swizz Beatz, and especially the two produced by Michael "Billboard Hitmakers" Jones: Harambe, a cross between a gospel preacher and a blues shouter, and RiRi. The latter include TM88's Future Swag and especially Wheezy's Afro-calypso Kanye West/ Pop Man. On one hand Young Thug can be radio-friendly like in as well as the singles Wyclef Jean, a tuneful reggae number arranged by TMM and Supa Mario; on the other hand, he can glide into Pick Up the Phone, a collaboration with Travis Scott blessed with an abstract soundscape sculpted by Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez, Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney and others.

The mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017) was terrible (if polished) in its attempt to cross over into tuneful pop and country (basically his attemp at doing what Lil Wayne already failed to do with Rebirth), but not as bad as the collaboration with Future, Super Slimey (2017). He could care less: he was topping the charts with Havana (2017), sung by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello.

Slime Language (2018) is a compilation.

His debut album So Much Fun (2019) sounds like the continuation of Beautiful Thugger Girls. It contains 19 songs including the single The London (produced by Tyler "T-minus" Williams), the catchy Surf (produced by Jordan "Pierre Bourne" Jenks), Big Tipper (produced by Joshua "Southside" Luellen with macabre organ lines), Wheezy's solemn Hot, and What's the Move, backed by chirping birds.

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(Translation by/ Tradotto da Damiano Langone)

Prendendo le mosse da Atlanta, il rapper Jeffery "Young Thug" Williams si afferma come autore trap (oltre che come star del genere) con i singoli Stoner e Danny Glover (entrambi del 2013), ma anche grazie ai mixtape I Came From Nothing 3 (2012) - sebbene un po' troppo confusionario - e 1017 Thug (2013), che contiene il selvaggio delirio di 2 Cups Stuffed (prodotta da Jonathan "Supah Mario" Priester) e l'ubriaca Picacho (prodotta da Jay Neutron), dalle influenze dancehall giamaicane.

Nel suo primo importante mixtape, Barter 6 (2015), il suo eccentrico rap farfugliato (che spesso evolve in un gorgheggio sovracuto) ha modo di mettersi in luce anche per merito di produzioni dall'indubbia vena creativa. Qui Wesley "Wheezy" Glass si occupa di produrre Constantly Hating, spettrale duetto con il capo dell'etichetta discografica Bryan "Birdman" Williams su un beat lento e profondo, ma anche la funerea Never Had It, il rap da strada minimale Amazing e Just Might Be, che, di tutte le performance di Young Thug, la pi frenetica.

London "London on da Track" Holmes, invece, produce With That, avvolta in minacciose linee di sintetizzatore, Halftime, con inquietanti voci femminili su ticchetto nevrotico, e la teatrale Check, tenue sonata per malimba con i bizzarri e immortali versi "If the cops pull up, I put the crack in my crack / Or (pausa) I put that brack in my brack" (pi o meno traducibile cos: "Se mi ferma la polizia, metto la coca nelle chiappe / Senn m'infilo la roba nel robo").

 

Slime Season (2015), che conta svariati produttori e che contiene il classico Best Friend, presenta un Young Thug tanto orecchiabile quanto sperimentatore. Discorso simile anche per il successivo e prolisso Slime Season 2 (2015), che contiene Thief in the Night, cos come per lo stringatissimo Slime Season 3 (2016), con With Them e Digits, tanto da far pensare che avremmo avuto il capolavoro del genere trap se questa triade di mixtape fosse stata condensata in un solo EP di 6 tracce.

 

Il mixtape I'm Up (2016), anche se semplicemente ridicolo, contiene una delle sue canzoni migliori, F Cancer, cos come Hercules, il singolo precedente.

 

Il mixtape No My Name is Jeffery (2016), prodotto da Bryan "TM88" Simmons e da Wheezy, offre grandi prestazioni vocali, oltre che eccellenti beat, e rappresenta il delirante apice di Young Thug. Il virtuosismo interpretativo emerge soprattutto nella dubbeggiante Swizz Beatz (con Wheezy ai comandi) e nelle due tracce prodotte da Michael "Billboard Hitmakers" Jones, ossia RiRi e Harambe, in cui il rapper si pone a met strada fra il predicatore evangelico e l'urlatore blues. La qualit delle basi, invece, si evidenzia con Future Swag (prodotta da TM88) e in particolare con l'afro-calypso Kanye West/Pop Man (prodotta da Wheezy). Se da una parte Young Thug riesce a essere radiofonico con il singolo Wyclef Jean (reggae melodico arrangiato da TMM e Supah Mario), dall'altra pu avventurarsi in Pick Up the Phone, collaborazione con Travis Scott che sfoggia un astratto paesaggio sonoro scolpito, tra gli altri, da Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez e Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney.

 

Il mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017) tirato a lucido, ma il tentativo di fondere la trap con il pop melodico e il country (operazione peraltro gi tentata senza successo anche da Lil Wayne con il suo Rebirth) produce un risultato pessimo. Super Slimey (2017), in collaborazione con Future, per persino peggio, anche se non sembra essere un problema per Young Thug: grazie a Havana (2017), in coppia con la cantante di origine cubane Camila Cabello, il rapper di Atlanta conquista addirittura la vetta delle classifiche di mezzo mondo.

 

Slime Language (2018) una compilation.

 

L'album di debutto So Much Fun (2019) suona come il continuo di Beautiful Thugger Girls. Fra le 19 canzoni troviamo il singolo The London (prodotto da Tyler "T-minus" Williams), l'orecchiabile Surf (prodotta da Jordan "Pierre Bourne" Jenks), la macabra Big Tipper (prodotta da Joshua "Southside" Luellen), la solenne Hot (prodotta da Wheezy) e What's the Move, con tanto di uccellini cinguettanti sullo sfondo.