Here at BENDXL we pride ourselves in being the voice of the urban youth and having our finger on the pulse of the culture at any and every time. With that said, we feel now is no better a time to shine the spotlight on ATL’s very own anomaly and next potential mega star “Young Thug”.
Young Thug has been on the ATL rap scene for years now. Dating back to when the futuristic ATL scene first sprawled and blew nationally. Young Thug has been in the trenches back before the world of ATL’s alien fused trap melodic rap became a mainstay. Before the world knew of genre bending artists such as Future, Cash Out, Migos, and many more. Young Thug was right there with them, even having numerous local songs and hits with many of the aforementioned.
So what makes Young Thugs time now? What has changed? How did he stand out from the numerous auto-tune warbled and double time rappers of today? Why are hip hop legends and modern days stars such as Jay-Z, Kanye, Drake, Meek Mill showing love to the young alien and going crazy for his songs in the club?
It’s simple. Young Thug simply has found his “IT” factor, his chemical “X”. From his early works the “I came from Nothing” trilogy. You can find and hear a young artist finding his voice and his sound. Drawing inspirations from artists such as Lil Wayne and the bubbling ATL scene at the time, Thug’s early work was good. But not GREAT. However Young Thug stroke gold and found his groove on his last effort in the trilogy ICFN3. However that was not the end of it, that was actually just the beginning of his rise. In the year 2013. Young Thug took all the skill and technique he crafted throughout the years before, and ELEVATED and MAGNIFIED it by 100x.
Young Thug’s 2013 musical plateau was accompanied with a effortless fearlessness of the unknown,“weird”, and different. New flows where he is screaming horrifically off tune, or rapping words that quite frankly make no sense, in a hazy yet oddly refined world of mayhem and chaos. That is where you will find a ascended Young Thug profusely spitting hot bars with a perfected flow and cadence, switching from regular to double time at the drop of a dime.
Thug 1017 is the mixtape that got the people talking nationally and the underground moving. After linking with ATL hip hop legend and underground rap connoisseur Gucci Mane(who does not seem to get the credit he deserves for helping foster and elevate up and coming ATL rap talent (Future, Young Scooter, Rich Homie Quan Migos and many more)
Young Thug was put on a bigger platform and had more resources to deliver a quality project. However do not get it twisted. Young Thug’s success is attributed to his own qualms and skill. Gucci Mane and Young Thug both helped push each other to new heights. Gucci even said himself, that Young Thug was “One of the most talented artists he ever met”. A lot of people refer to Young Thug’s 2013 brick squad offerings as Thug1017. However Gucci helped market and promote him throughout all of the tapes he dropped that year. Young Thug had shining moments on numerous Gucci tapes (Trap House 3, Molly, Lean, Gas, etc). Standouts records such as “Off The Leash” , “Chasing Paper”, “Intro”, and “Ecstasy Pill” are scattered throughout all the projects.
Which leads us to where we are now. Young Thug finished 2013 strong with blowout and breakthrough tracks such as Danny Glover, Stoner, Some More, and Loaded. Here we find a fully confident and seasoned Young Thug effortlessly flowing and almost attacking out of this world like trap soundscapes. On these songs in particular, we find the reason why Young Thug is now more than ever positioned for the top spot. Young Thug has found and developed something that not many other “weirdo rappers” or “internet cult rappers” have achieved. Something that artists such as Danny Brown,Chance The Rapper, Odd Future, and even Lil B have not fully mastered yet. The fact that YOUNG THUG MAKES INCREDIBLY CATCHY AND BORDERLINE ADDICTIVE MUSIC
Young Thug is the next frontier for hip hop music. The current air of modern hip hop has been leaning more on traditional rap guide lines and laws. Such as lyricism, a tone of seriousness, reality, and structure. While a artist such as Young Thug is making waves, by blazing in the complete opposite direction. Young Thug’s music is borderline unlistenable, its definitely not for your “Real Raw 90s Hip Hop” demographic. However this line that Young Thug walks, from over the years, he has mastered. Young Thug’s music goes outside the box, outside the realm of “real hip hop”, its goes to a place that we as Generation Y have a yearning to discover and explore. Hip hop is a constantly changing genre, and a artist like Young Thug embodies that.
Even down to his aesthetic as a rapper. Young Thug looks like a complete freak of nature according to traditional hip hop standards. His image is not something of a street poet, or a gangster, or a pimp or other mundane generic stereotypical rap archetypes. Thug simply represents himself, whatever that may be. A lot of questions also arise from the way he carries himself, to him having no problem showing affection to his homies and the slang he uses with them such as calling them “babe” and “love”, to the way he dresses. However we as the youth know and understand that hip hop’s hyper-masculinity and aggression is something of the past. Even down to his content, Young Thug raps about typical hip hop topics (Drugs, Violence, Sex etc) yet Thug does it with such a playful and entertaining essence and approach that you can simply just enjoy it for what it is, good music, rather than a blueprint for how to live your life as a psychopathic drug using gangster. In reality Young Thug, despite his numerous tattoos, seems like a real decent guy, a guy with a sense of humor and charisma. All in all, Young Thug is blazing new paths in hip hop that might very well set the precedent for the next frontier in hip hop music. And not only is he doing it, he is doing it extremely well, making bangers, and undeniable music as he trail blazes into the new unknowns of rap.
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