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Young Thug – Slime Season | Mixtape Review

Is there more to Young Thug than controversy?

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Young Thug infers he’s gay in one of the most homophobic genres in music, he called his album ‘Carter 6‘ (later ‘Barter 6) as a dig at Lil Wayne’s chronically delayed album and he will hop on Vine at a moment’s notice to start beef with just about anyone. But whether Young Thug’s a troll, prankster or funny man; at some point the controversy isn’t enough and the music needs to stand on its own. Which is where Slime Season comes in.

The set kicks off in typically troll fashion with ‘Take Kare‘. A decent song, if not at all suitable to kick off a mixtape. It’s slow and pondering and doesn’t really amount too much. Clearly its inclusion is purely down to the Lil Wayne feature. ‘Quarterback‘ is the unofficial start and it’s a strong reminder why Young Thug is still around after all this time. The instrumental is uncharacteristically sinister for both Thug and producer Sonny Digital. The drums are sparsely used but resemble machine guns when they hit. The guests here do the majority of the work; with Offset from Migos stealing the show here with an energetic verse. Thug is laid back and delivers a catchy but layered chorus that really brings the track to life. The instrumental is great, but only Thug makes it so.

Young Thug’s ability to create catchy music seems almost effortless. The topics rarely differ from money, guns and girls but he gives Slime Season a variety by taking a different approach to the instrumentals, rarely using the same flow twice. There are clear singles here, like (actual single) ‘Best Friend‘, with its dreamy but deceptively heavy instrumental. Here Thug starts with a repetitive chorus but once again builds it into something more. He doesn’t let the instrumental do all the work and knows just what the track needs. ‘Calling Your Name‘ is a pop smash. He manages to create crossover music, without compromising his sound. Pretty much because his sound is so hard to pin down.

Even when he shifts to more traditionally aggressive beats such as ‘Be Me See Me’ his performance here is brilliantly surreal:

I swear I ride them like camels, I ride with bananas /Got animal manners My spot having cameras I meant having bameras/’

Young Thug’s content comes across as an almost stream of consciousness, with money always remaining the centre. But throughout the tape, he uses the instrumentals to give the samey subjects a new spin. ‘Draw Down‘ is a defiant stance on getting money, whereas closer ‘Wood Would‘ is reflective. He manages to position these songs and includes different takes 0n a familiar subject. And his character is strong enough to make each track stand on its own.

By now you’ll know if Young Thug makes music for you. The production’s loud and the bassline’s are heavy and Young Thug is an uncanny character that will keep you entertained for Slime Season‘s run time. As long as you know not to expect soul-searching depth, just turn the bass up and enjoy the noise.

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