Young Thug’s ‘Slime Language’ shows Thug’s true, respectable colors

Young Thug’s ‘Slime Language’ shows Thug’s true, respectable colors

Young Thug’s ‘Slime Language’ shows Thug’s true, respectable colors
September 01
12:39 2018

Rapper Young Thug finally released his first-ever compilation album “Slime Language” in August, and it’s already landed the No. 8 spot on the Billboard 200 chart as of Sept. 1.

Young Thug soars into “Slime Language” with a beautiful intro on the track “Tsunami,” shouting out the YSL producer on the majority of the track by vocalizing “Wheezy the wave.” The two words in the first sentence of this review, “Shouting out,” should be emphasized because it seems that was what Young Thug aimed for throughout all 15 tracks.

In fact, this was nearly a family reunion for the YSL rapper.

Young Thug features his fiance Jerikka Karlae, his two sisters Dora and Dollie and his long-time friend Neechi, who was featured on a number of Young Thug tracks in the past. Not to mention the YSL family featured here, like Lil Baby, Duke and of course Gunna, who is featured of four of the 15 songs and has also blown up in 2018. Young Thug also didn’t fail to feature one his best friends and hip-hop superstar, Lil Uzi Vert.

With the high number of features on the album, “Slime Language” is a heavy contrast from Young Thug’s past albums. But with “Tsunami’s” intro, I was hooked. This was the type of Young Thug I hadn’t heard before — apart from a few of his unreleased tracks — because he focused on harmonizing in this album. He took his time rapping over the tracks, which he did on his last album, “Beautiful Thugger Girls” — just not quite in the same nature, though. “Beautiful Thugger Girls” featured fast-paced and acoustic-like beats while “Slime Language” featured a mixture of beats.

I was undeniably excited throughout the first track, but then I heard the next song on the album, “U Ain’t Slime Enough.” Young Thug led the intro and then handed off the microphone to Karlae. It felt like the longer I listened, the less of a chance there was for me to hear Young Thug again. This song could have easily been cut from the project.

Young Thug quickly gains my interest back on “Gain Clout.” He comes in flowing fast like the trap Young Thug I know with lines like, “All these young fellas tryna’ kill me, they just tryna’ gain clout” over an even faster-paced beat, giving a small shout-out to himself and his “clout.”

While this album was different than most other Young Thug projects, Gunna bangers were still present. These tracks somehow find themselves on nearly every Young Thug project, and “Slime Language” was no exception to this. This album had four of these — and this is no exaggeration at all because they were all, in fact, bangers. Whether it was “Chanel (Go Get It)” or “Dirty Shoes,” Young Thug switches up his harmonizing pace to more aggressive rapping over the beat, then hands it to Gunna, who does what he has done all of 2018 and flows all over the track. Gunna was also featured on “Scoliosis” and “Chains Choking Me.”

“Slime Language” was all about features — hence the name “compilation” album — and many reviews slaughtered Young Thug and the project for this. But many of these tracks, like “It’s a Slime,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert or “Audemar,” featuring Tracy T, went just as hard as any other solo Young Thug song on the album.

This album was very different, but not solely due to the excessive number of features like many reviews claim. Young Thug frequently includes his friends, or “Slimes” or “Bradas,” as he refers to them, on his projects, but “Slime Language” was different for me because Young Thug didn’t choose one specific direction. Some songs were wavy and pop-y bangers, except much better. But, there were also songs that were completely trap rap songs with his “Slimes.” This almost made it difficult to put a name to the genre, but Young Thug is so unique and diverse with his music that “Slime Language” needs its own genre.

There were a few songs I would have cut, but that’s the case for nearly any album — even “ASTROWORLD,” Travis Scott’s powerhouse album that also dropped this summer, though you can’t really compare the two.

“Slime Language” is very underrated. I’d give it a second and possibly third listen because Young Thug does something beautiful on the project: He brings together family and friends to create some of the most unique hip-hop songs out right now, which is something most hip-hop artist won’t do today. Many are too worried about the logistics, numbers of plays and profit from their albums, but Young Thug looks to have fun with it, which I believe deserves the highest respect. “Slime Language” give listeners the music Young Thug loves — it’s rare, it’s standout-ish, but it’s Young Thug.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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