Young Thug has done almost it all in rap.
The rapper rose to iconic levels of rap prestige with a nonstop flow of quality mixtapes, each one shining a different light on his eccentricities, one-of-a-kind charisma and raw skill. He has four platinum singles to his own name plus he features on a chart-topping single (Camila Cabello’s “Havana”). He’s also become one of hip-hop’s biggest fashion icons. The 28-year-old rapper from Atlanta’s Jonesboro South projects also attracted attention for his contributions as a songwriter and backup vocalist on Childish Gambino’s “This is America”.
All this before dropping his debut album. But then again, the concept of the debut album is pretty muddled in contemporary hip-hop.
Nevertheless, 2019 was the year when Young Thug did release his first album proper. And it is exactly what it is called: So Much Fun.
Young Thug’s vocal acrobatics are impressive. He raps, he sings, he speaks, he makes animal noises, he channels Tom Waits (just listen to “Cartier Gucci Scarf”). He has the skills to squeeze a colony of words into a tiny bit of space, and he’s the king of ad-libs!
Young Thug is keen on pacing things up with rolling volleys of hi-hats, shattering bass, synth-y textures and general bizarreness. He’s a freewheeling surrealist who continues the Weird Atlanta tradition of artists like André 3000, Janelle Monáe and Cee Lo Green.
Young Thug demands the party when he plays live. We saw that the last time he played Roskilde Festival (2016). His songs prompt singalongs and calls for mosh pits as he assumes a rockstar demeanour bouncing across the stage.
Expect the energy levels to rise all over when Thugger takes the stage at Roskilde Festival 2020.