Young Thug’s got a lot of the marketable characteristics of some of today’s most successful rappers, but he takes them all to the extreme. At times, he sounds like a cartoonish hybrid of Future, Lil Wayne, Gucci, and Chief Keef. At other times, he manages to bring the most entertaining elements from those guys to a new level of unhinged and unrefined. Instead of feeling like calculated Wayne giggles or barely balanced Future choruses, Young Thug completely lets go. His voice stresses like Wyclef trying to hit a high note, except he does it knowingly, over and over again, and in the context of what he’s doing, it sounds perfect. How long before it gets annoying is still TBD.
Check “Ball,” “Dead Fo Real,” and “Fuck With It.” Listen to/download the tape below.