Young Thug
JEFFERY


3.5
great

Review

by Almandjoy USER (2 Reviews)
August 26th, 2016 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're looking for a good album to end your summer turning up to, or for a big budget Young Thug project that delivers, this is it.

2016 has been a banner year for Young Thug. By March, he had released Slime Season 3 and I’m Up, mixtapes that are short and hard hitting, filled with vapid bangers with replay value. These tapes cemented him as arguably the new rapper-to-beat in the lead up to his full length major label debut album, and during the six month “wait”, lesser known (and generally mediocre) tapes, a string of singles, and even some mainstream radio airplay, with the release of “Pick Up The Phone” featuring Travi$ Scott and Quavo (of Migos) only added to the hype. The stakes were high, and when the album was finally released, I, for one, was ecstatic.

After I saw that the album had been released, I scrolled through Apple Music, and when I found the album, I wasn’t even sure where to start. There’s the album cover of Young Thug in a frilly purple dress and umbrella hat in front of a blank background; Within minutes it became a full blown meme, with people comparing it to a Swiffer duster, a character from Street Fighter, and even the character Yao from Mulan, in an iconic scene where he is dressed in drag. Then there’s the tracklist, which is a playlist of songs “named after all my idols”, a list that apparently includes Wyclef, Rihanna, and even Harambe the gorilla.

‘Did Thugger blow his one attempt at a debut album? Is he actually gay, or crazy? Was this all a publicity stunt to distract from a poor release?’ I thought uneasily as I hit play.

But then I started listening to the album. Right from the get-go it is apparent that each song is an ode to the artist who bears its respective title. “Wyclef”, the first track, is clearly an ode to Caribbean sounds and to Wyclef Jean (who is strangely featured on a different song on the album), with Thug sing-rapping over a catchy, but pretty generic reggae-guitar riff. However the riff, when fitted with horns, African drums, and synth beats along with a bass, and when paired with a memorable hook, makes for a good opening, and in one attempt Young Thug arguably makes a better American stab at reggae than Drake could on an entire album.

There’s “Future Swag”, which offers Thug’s best Future impersonation - and its a pretty good one at that. The beat is a copy cat of Metro Boomin, the common Future collaborator, the chorus sounds like a dead on Future hook - with his unmistakeable style of dead pan repetition, and Thug even contours his voice to sound even more like Future on the hook than some Thug and Future detractors like to claim the two “mumble rappers” sound. You can tell Thug views the fellow Atlantan as an inspiration, but none of these ‘odes’ could prepare me for “Guwop”.

“Guwop” plays like a ballad, and contains questionable lyrics, such as “I dig everything that you’re saying/ I dig everything that you’re doing too/ I dig the way that you look at me/ and you dig the way that I look at you/ I just wanna grab on your butt/but,” which he croons in the first verse. Since his beginnings as a rapper, Young Thug’s sexuality has been debated due to his eccentric style - he often dresses in women’s clothing - and lyrics which throw around homosexual ideas or acts. And while Young Thug is engaged to a female model, antics such as wearing a dress on an album cover, or writing lyrics for a song about a personal inspiration which walk the line between admiration and romantic love have made him somewhat of an anti-establishment hip-hop figure, indifferent towards the hyper-masculine demeanor of most popular rappers.

But at the end of the day, Young Thug’s music was never meant to be analyzed in depth and taken to heart. Thugger has always been about debauchery and irreverent raging, and the only mindset to have while listening to his music should be to “turn up for the girls/turn up for the boys/turn up for the club/turn up on the drugs” (Swizz Beats). “No, My Name is Jeffery” is in no way a marked shift away from the style of “turn up anthem” Young Thug has grown to perfect. If you're looking for an album with lyrics that will be analyzed for years to come, look elsewhere; but if you're looking for a good album to end your summer turning up to, or for a big budget Young Thug project that delivers, this is it. As much as Drake or Kanye have tried to make their own cases, it seems that 2016 might undeniably be the year of the Thug.

Hits: Floyd Mayweather, Future Swag, Wyclef Jean
Misses: Harambe, Webbie


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Comments:Add a Comment 
iloveyouall
August 26th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has been out for like 4 hours.

simmer down.

iloveyouall
August 26th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I knew the album was going to be released at midnight Eastern Time, so right on the dot, I scrolled through Apple Music,"

I think we could've figured that out ourselves tbqh.

CaliggyJack
August 26th 2016


1783 Comments


OHH NEW YT ALBUM


Gonna spin dis shit rite nao

iloveyouall
August 26th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay, i read this, and although it reads okay, it's really lacking any kind of encompassing argument (or at least, one of any depth), instead relying on the well overplayed, "omg guys these lyrics aren't supposed to be taken seriously," posit.



still, fuck it, i'm nothing if not an optimist. have a pos.

theNateman
August 26th 2016


3063 Comments


Good writing bro! Cannot stand his music but dude's talented none the less. I like the androgynous thing he does

ShitsofRain
August 26th 2016


8007 Comments


great cover

guitarded_chuck
August 26th 2016


13500 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"As much as Drake or Kanye have tried to make their own cases, it seems that 2016 might undeniably be the year of the Thug. "



lolno, yt doesn't have anything close to the universal acclaim of drake or Kanye



good review besides that tho



i think yts music is generally bad ill try again and listen to this later tho

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2016


11536 Comments


(edit: fixed)

like sach said, this could use some improvement, a little bit more depth. but it is an okay read.

Almandjoy
August 26th 2016


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the input! This is my second review on this site, so it's good to know what I can change to make it better. Plus since there's an edit option I'll definitely change up a few things.

Even though the album has been out for less than a day, I do stand by the 3.5 rating tho.

Storm In A Teacup
August 26th 2016


22087 Comments


I don't get how they are all like "get hyped" "rage" during songs when nothing even new happened with the beat or performance to bring on the adrenaline. And people fawn over the live performance of songs like oh this shit is lit when nothing is even happening.

Keyblade
August 26th 2016


24817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this tape goes innnn bro

oltnabrick
August 26th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

imma beat they ass up like ron artest

Keyblade
August 26th 2016


24817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol that line killed me

TheMrAlexK
August 26th 2016


8554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a lot better then I was expecting it to be.

oltnabrick
August 26th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

y u only gave it a three then?!

Mystletainn
August 26th 2016


4050 Comments


this dope

cmaitland421
August 26th 2016


407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Harambe is some next level shit.

LotusFlower
August 26th 2016


12002 Comments


is this memes?

Futures
August 26th 2016


9324 Comments


no

Digging: Color Film - Living Arrangements

LotusFlower
August 26th 2016


12002 Comments


darn



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