Jeffery Lamar Williams is Young Thug for the music world, a rising star, a rapper with a high reputation and even a fashion icon for millions of young people around the world. A boisterous, packed crowd gathered for Young Thug, eager to hear hits from So Much Fun,” his latest album and the long-awaited commercial breakthrough from one of the forefathers Atlanta’s modern trap boom. But the hype began to wane as time ticked on without a Thug entrance. When Hot,” a standout from his latest record, began to play, the crowd reignited, anticipating his delayed arrival. But as the song finished, the lights went up and Thug seemed to officially be a no-show — that is, until later in the night.
A style that was once frowned upon is now the standard of trap rap. In 2014 his single Donald Glover” first broke him on the mainstream scene. The following year he released a number of projects that would make everyone take him seriously as an artist. The Barter 6 single Check”, along with the start of the Slime Season series, puts his sound in a category of its own. With a string of projects that followed his positioning in the industry as an Atlanta legend, Young Thug is now getting his well-deserved appreciation everywhere else.
Jeffrey Williams, better known as Young Thug, is a hip-hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has been on the scene since 2010, and has some impressive accolades to his name including having featured About the Money” and Lifestyle” which made it to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Eyeballing the throne of Hip hop royalty, Young Thug began to create a sound and style that would inevitably place him on top. Young Thug’s catchy verses and raw lyrical talent distinguished noise from art, clearly being the latter his creations are the best that remain of Southern hip hop. He is the embodiment of the evolution of Southern hip-hop. Young Thug is the representative for a generation that doesn’t see hip-hop as a hobby but a lifestyle. Keeping true to himself, his art, and his home Young Thug will stand alone as the one true savior of the Southern movement.
The conversation briefly touched on his fallout with Young Money honcho Lil Wayne over Carter V and the trapateer’s long-standing beef with Rich Homie Quan before it veered toward the rumors regarding Thugger’s sexuality.
Charity: I think your earlier note about the Barter 6 controversy, and Thug’s strangely defiant admiration of Wayne, reveals the key problem with modern-day Thug. For the past five years, the music industry has neutralized his more rebellious and improvisational tendencies. I remember reading the old stories about Lyor Cohen begging Thug for hit singles. I remember reading Lyor’s pleas as repudiation of Tha Tour and a rush to move past Barter 6 and into cheesier territory. I remember when I first heard Pacifier,” which I love, actually, but I remember fearing some longer shift toward Chris Martin. Turns out, Chris Martin was J. Cole.
Hot” comes off Young Thug’s album So Much Fun , which dropped in August. The album hit No. 1 on the RS Albums Chart the following week, earning nearly 150 million streams in its week of release. It marked an important moment of success for Young Thug, who also featured on Ed Sheeran’s Feels” from his No. 6 Collaborations Project earlier this year.
Often a wild card with his festival appearances — due to last minute-cancellations and tardy sets — Lil Uzi Vert had the excuse of Young Thug’s surprise set for his own delayed show that followed. But the later start time meant the biggest crowd of the festival for what turned into a near full-on Uzi Vert concert. As fellow headliners Migos wrapped up a strong set on a sister stage, Uzi Vert continued into the night as the sole remaining act, performing an extended set for a seemingly endless sea of Bay Area fans.
Several trap music mixtapes followed after that, influencing the hip-hop universe of the last years. His featuring in hits such as Havana”, with Camila Cabello or Heatstroke” with Calvin Harris, Pharell Williams and Ariana Grande have helped boost Young Thug’s worldwide fame. In this case, fame comes hand by hand with talent. The albums Jeffery” (2016) and Beautiful Thugger Girls” (2017) consolidated his artistic personality, standing out for the way he says each word getting him very close to creating a language of his own. Young Thug carries an insatiable desire to procure new things and his work ethics gives us new songs after new songs, like his two latest EPs released in 2018: Hear No Evil” and On the Rvn”, featuring 6LACK, Jaden Smith and… Elton John.
Yes. In July 2019, he announced a fall tour of 31 cities. Young Thug is co-headlining the tour alongside Machine Gun Kelly The tour will be stopping at many major cities in Canada and the United States, including Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Ill., Philadelphia, Pa., Toronto, Ontario, and more. Don’t miss your chance to see Young Thug on stage at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., or Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind.
YOUNG THUG is one of popular music’s most charismatic and crowd-pleasing live performers. 2017 was huge for him. In June, the visionary multi-art form superstar released solo album Beautiful Thugger Girls, and not to be content, followed it up with a couple of huge collaborations. First featuring on Camila Cabello’s global smash and multi-platinum ARIA #1 single Havana and secondly, hooking up with fellow Atlanta MC superstar Future on new album Super Slimey.
Thug is known for his eccentric and diverse, sing-song style. XXL called him a “rap weirdo” and “the standout guest appearance in Gucci Mane’s Trap God 2 and Waka Flocka Flame’s DuFlocka Rant 2”, commenting that “Thug’s charisma, unhinged flow and hooks make his music intriguing.” Pitchfork also called his style “extraordinarily distinctive” and wrote that “What Young Thug brings to the table, then, isn’t just a weird, experimental approach to rapping, but presence, persona, mystique, and, potentially, star power.” The Fader described his music, saying “In a typical Young Thug verse, he slurs, shouts, whines and sings, feverishly contorting his voice into a series of odd timbres like a beautifully played but broken wind instrument.” Thug usually uses Auto-Tune in his songs.
So Much Fun is powered primarily by lead single Young London,” which instantly became a smash when it was released earlier this year. The song, which features fellow hip-hop heavyweights Travis Scott and J. Cole, peaked at No. 12, barely missing out on becoming Thug’s first top 10 as a leader.
Young Thug defies categorization and is a true iconoclast. Emerging on Atlanta’s hip hop scene with his 2011 mixtape series, he launched into the mainstream with his knack for melodicism and unique vocal style. Thug’s highly anticipated new album So Much Fun is scheduled to release later this fall. He recently earned his highest chart placement on the Billboard Hot 100 with his latest single The London” ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott and produced by T-Minus.
Despite arriving to the public from opposite ends of the hip-hop industrial complex, Young Thug and Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton and the founder of his own label Off-White, share a fantastical quality. It is as difficult to imagine today’s youth culture without them as it would have been to predict their unlikely rises to fame. Another thing the world’s first postmodern rap superstar and the world’s first architecture-student-turned-fashion-emperor have in common is the democracy inherent in their work; even more than the things they make, their legacies will be defined by the thousands of SoundCloud rap careers and Instagram t-shirt labels launched in their image.
In 2014, Thug also recorded several songs with Kanye West , who praised him for his ability to make songs so fast. Thug announced that he has upcoming mixtapes with frequent collaborator and fellow Cash Money affiliate Rich Homie Quan , Chief Keef and Bloody Jay.
In 2017, Young Thug officially began his own label, Young Stoner Life Records , or YSL Records for short. Its roster includes Wheezy , Lil Duke , Gunna , and Lil Keed , among others. The label released a compilation album titled Slime Language as a group in 2018.
The Bay Area edition of Rolling Loud, arguably the country’s biggest hip-hop music festival, took place this past weekend, offering a hyped — and packed — gathering across three stages at the Oakland Coliseum grounds. The third Rolling Loud to take place in the Bay Area, this year’s festival saw a star-studded lineup — Future, YG, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert , G-Eazy, and the like — collectively put on an impressive show, save for technical issues that marred a handful of high-profile sets. Here are nine highlights from the weekend.
He features his other protégés Lil Uzi and Lil Baby in a number of different records as well. Lil Uzi is most known for being influenced by Thug’s fashion which can be heard in What’s The Move.” To continue the flashiness of Thugs style, Bad Bad Bad” is another standout record that features Lil Baby flexing their foreign cars, fine women, and real estate they have everywhere.
Tha Tour is also more even than Without Warning, where 21 Savage was frequently shown up by a more engaging Offset, and far more interesting than Huncho Jack, which felt like 13 attempts at another Oh My Dis Side” for Quavo and Travis Scott.
It is energetic opening act Megan Thee Stallion who leaves the bigger impression. The rising female rapper from Houston unleashes turbocharged twerking that inspires high-pitched screams from her many female admirers. By the time the blunted synths of her empowering sex bop Big Ol’Freak ring out, the crowd is eating out of the palm of her hand.
On June 17, 2014, music mogul Kevin Liles confirmed that Young Thug had been officially signed to his and Lyor Cohen ‘s label 300 Entertainment On July 1, 2014, Asylum Records and Atlantic Records officially re-released Young Thug’s 2013 fan-favorite song “Danny Glover”, re-titling it “2 Bs”. Also on July 1, Mass Appeal Records released “Old English”, the first single from their compilation album Mass Appeal Vol. 1, which features Young Thug alongside fellow American rappers ASAP Ferg and Freddie Gibbs On October 16, 2014, the first single from Cash Money Records’ upcoming 2016 compilation, Rich Gang 2, was released titled “Take Kare,” featuring rivals Young Thug and Lil Wayne. The December 4, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone called Young Thug the “most exciting new voice of hip-hop” and “hip-hop’s new crown prince.” At the end of the year, music critic Robert Christgau named Black Portland, Young Thug’s collaborative mixtape with Bloody Jay, the fourth best album of 2014.
Evidently, I was not the only one. Five years and 14 mixtapes later, Thug has become the kind of star one roots for, as though his music’s popularity were evidence of a strangeness that we all share. Described as oracle-like in his creative process, he spends hours on end layering grunts and shrieks into melodies and lyrics. Although he has been heralded for his androgynous style, the rapper and father of six has remained silent about his personal life. In a digital age defined by babble, he has created the blueprint for music that privileges a voice’s rhythm and emotion over words and explanations.
Thug made a brief cameo in the Juice Wrld set that immediately followed, making no reference to his previous absence and coming onstage only for a few minutes — an appearance that felt less like consolation than insult to injury. And yet, the rapper suddenly showed up again on a separate stage later, during what was Lil Uzi Vert ‘s scheduled slot, playing a partial but nevertheless fun performance.
GRAMMY Award-winning artist Young Thug and chart-topping rapper Machine Gun Kelly announced they are joining forces for a tour across North America this fall. Special guests Polo G, YBN Nahmir, KILLY and Strick will join on select dates.
Young Thug defies categorization and is a true iconoclast. Emerging on Atlanta’s hip hop scene with his 2011 mixtape series, he launched into the mainstream with his knack for melodicism and unique vocal style. Thug’s highly anticipated new album So Much Fun is scheduled to release later this fall. He recently earned his highest chart placement on the Billboard Hot 100 with his latest single The London” ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott and produced by T-Minus. The London” also earned a spot on Spotify’s 2019 Summer Song Predictions list.
Charity: His feud with Quan was the bigger mystery. I’ve always assumed Thug and Quan must have clashed while recording those songs; the vocals can sound so difficult, and I have to imagine Thug micromanaged Quan in many respects. I have to imagine they left everything on the field. Hence, I can’t quite imagine a proper sequel.
I can’t even rap, this sh- keeps skipping words,” 21 Savage said, frustrated in the opening moments of his set. The audio cut in and out early in his set, deflating the energy from the massive crowd. After a technical-difficulties pause, the Atlanta rapper carried on with his performance, which was accompanied by a short documentary that reflected his tumultuous year, first detailing the story of his rise as a rapper, and then chronicling the U.K.-born but Atlanta-raised artist’s arrest by ICE earlier this year for overstaying his visa.
Young Thug is currently recovering from surgery. The London” rapper updated his Instagram followers on Thursday night (Sept. 12) from his hospital bed. Although the surgery’s purpose is unknown, it’s presumed that the Atlanta rapper is on a speedy road to recovery.
Nas’ discography of studio albums has reached double-digits since the release of Nasir in 2018 but given this span, his fans and hip-hop aficionados continue to herald the impact of his debut album Illmatic. Celebrating 25 years this year, the Cherry Wine” rapper raised a glass in commemoration of this milestone by previously hosting a Symphony Orchestra performance and receiving accolades along the way.
Emerging through a smoked-filled stage, the two dripped in swag and performed Young Thug’s So Much Fun collaboration alongside a marching band of trumpets and gleaming lights. Oh, that’s bright.
One more? I got ten more!” He told a fan after performing XO TOUR Llif3,” which he would put on a second time after bringing Young Thug back out. Amid several cues that appeared to mark the night’s end, Uzi Vert was reluctant to leave, continuously calling for more songs from his DJ, until the venue itself muted his mic and cut off the lights.
Hot” serves as YSL Records label mates Young Thug’s and Gunna ‘s braggadocios and triumphant ode to their lifestyles. The song is the first of the two Gunna features on So Much Fun, and quickly turned out to be a standout track of the album.
Since its release, he has confirmed he has already begun work on a second, titled ‘Punk’ Although he told The Fader in July that he could release it in two months”, the album has yet to be given a release date.
Young Thug is no stranger to festivals. While the rapper does not go on tour very often, he frequently performs at festivals and other events across the United States. In 2015, Young Thug took the stage at Lollapalooza and Pukkelpop Fans saw him live at Mysteryland USA, Moonrise, Wireless, Breakaway, FYF, Hopscotch and Treasure Island in 2016. The following year, Young Thug performed at Billboard Hot 100, Music Midtown and All Things Go Fall Classic. He has also made appearances at Rolling Loud Festival, Open’er Festival, Astroworld Festival and Rolling Loud Miami.
Charity: Oh, Lifestyle” resembles other songs on Tha Tour—and, if Cash Money had released Tha Tour a couple years deeper into the modern streaming music ecosystem, Tha Tour would have definitely included Lifestyle,” if only to boost the mixtape’s overall streaming count—but I think the mixtape’s overall execution and energy” are radical improvements, if not a departure. I remember Tha Tour striking me as a curveball. It was very dynamic, and—owing crucially to London on da Track’s bleak flourishes—it was noir. London produced Lifestyle,” too, but Tha Tour demonstrates London’s style, and his talents, far more definitively.
But the most pleasurable part of So Much Fun is Young Thug’s general bizarreness. Don’t be surprised if, 100 years from now, we find out this music contained secret communiqués with far-off alien species. Some truly strange lines on the album discuss kidnapping kangaroos and taking Amoxicillin for recreational purposes, burning the ham while smoking dope, keeping grenades in the ceilings of his cars, paying hit men with noodles, making a woman nut in her pants (like in a movie, apparently) and having sex with grannies. These lines highlight Thugger’s position as a freewheeling surrealist that continues the Weird Atlanta tradition of artists like André 3000, Janelle Monáe and Cee Lo Green.
On Thursday night (Sept. 12), the So Much Fun rapper hit up his Instagram timeline to share a new photo of himself in the hospital bed after his procedure wrapped up. He doesn’t specify what type of surgery he had or why he needed it. Nonetheless, it seems as though the Young Stoner Life chief is on the road to recovery.
On February 26, 2014, Young Thug was arrested in Atlanta for possession of a controlled substance, driving without a seat belt, reckless conduct, and reckless driving.
I have been to many concerts before but none like this. The crowd was crazy, Young Thugs performance was energetic and amazing and he brought out Lil Uzi. Best day of my life period.