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EDITORS’ NOTES

If Slime Language—the compilation album showcasing Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label roster—tells us anything about the rapper, it’s that his “Family Don’t Matter” declaration from 2017’s BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS was a fallacy. Features on Slime Language include Thug’s longtime romantic partner, Karlae, as well as his sisters, HiDoraah and Dolly. Indeed, a majority of the names that appear on Slime Language are likely familiar only to diehards, but the album loses nothing in effectiveness for it. YSL affiliates such as Duke, Lil Keed, and Strick (to name a few) hold their own alongside the album’s constant, Thugger, a man who happens to be one of the most influential rappers of the post-Lil Wayne era. Thug himself is gleeful throughout, his tone-shifting squawk sounding outright euphoric, particularly when riding the trunk-rattling low end of standouts “Goin Up” and “Chains Choking Me.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

If Slime Language—the compilation album showcasing Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label roster—tells us anything about the rapper, it’s that his “Family Don’t Matter” declaration from 2017’s BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS was a fallacy. Features on Slime Language include Thug’s longtime romantic partner, Karlae, as well as his sisters, HiDoraah and Dolly. Indeed, a majority of the names that appear on Slime Language are likely familiar only to diehards, but the album loses nothing in effectiveness for it. YSL affiliates such as Duke, Lil Keed, and Strick (to name a few) hold their own alongside the album’s constant, Thugger, a man who happens to be one of the most influential rappers of the post-Lil Wayne era. Thug himself is gleeful throughout, his tone-shifting squawk sounding outright euphoric, particularly when riding the trunk-rattling low end of standouts “Goin Up” and “Chains Choking Me.”

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About Young Thug

You don’t get a lot of warning for an artist like Young Thug. From his warped delivery to his radical, gender-fluid fashion sense, the Atlanta rapper (born Jeffery Lamar Williams in 1991) flies in the face of every unspoken rule for what hip-hop is, should, and could be. Starting with a prolific run of mixtapes in the early 2010s, Thug rose by pioneering a weird, ever-shifting flow somewhere between singing, rapping, mumbling, and squawking—pushing rap forward by pulling it apart. But the weirdest thing about what he does is that it works: Nearly every project Thug’s released since 2015—from the reggae-inflected JEFFREY to the country-ish sides of Beautiful Thugger Girls—has cracked the mainstream, laying the groundwork for a new crop of fellow eccentrics like Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. In other words, Thug hasn’t adjusted to convention but brought convention to him. Genuinely experimental, he frames his process in modest terms: “I’m in the studio so much, I’ll just try stuff,” he told The FADER in 2013. “I just think and try, think and try.”

HOMETOWN
Atlanta, GA
BORN
August 9, 1991

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