6 Songs, 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since his earliest mixtapes, Young Thug’s earned a reputation as a restless experimentalist, pushing against traditional song structures and playing with language like putty. With On the Rvn, whose title alludes to charges stemming from a 2017 arrest, the ATLien seems to ease into a hypnotic groove, warbling moody melodies over ambient synths and acoustic guitars. Featured guests abound, from Jaden Smith to R&B upstart 6lack, but the EP’s most transcendent moment is “High,” on which Thug harmonizes with a sample of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”—and if that pairing seems strange, consider that Elton’s a self-professed Thugger superfan.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since his earliest mixtapes, Young Thug’s earned a reputation as a restless experimentalist, pushing against traditional song structures and playing with language like putty. With On the Rvn, whose title alludes to charges stemming from a 2017 arrest, the ATLien seems to ease into a hypnotic groove, warbling moody melodies over ambient synths and acoustic guitars. Featured guests abound, from Jaden Smith to R&B upstart 6lack, but the EP’s most transcendent moment is “High,” on which Thug harmonizes with a sample of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”—and if that pairing seems strange, consider that Elton’s a self-professed Thugger superfan.

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