Release Date: Oct 31, 2015
Record label: N/A
Last month, while Atlanta rapper Young Thug traversed the heart of America on a sold out tour, Hopsin — rapper, actor, class clown — uploaded a music video for “No Words” to his YouTube channel. Both the song and the video were smug indictments on contemporary rap music below the Mason-Dixon line, and found Hopsin lampooning its regional culture and language. In a little over four weeks, the video, which is prefaced with standard Hopsin name-calling (“mentally retarded rappers,” “dumb asses like you,” etc.), has amassed over six million online views.
Slime Season 2 is Young Thug’s third full-length release in seven months, rounding out a productive streak as formidable as any of his peers'. We already knew he was rap’s most wildly creative stylist: a rogue alchemist of undiscovered melodies, an electrostatic bonding agent for new metaphors. Still, until now, it remained unclear whether he could broaden the scope of his talents beyond a song-by-song basis, channeling the constant spray of ideas into something built to last.
Slime Season 2 is Young Thug toned down, and for skeptics who are still keeping up with the Atlanta rapper in hopes that they’ll eventually “get” him, that’s a good thing. In essence, Thug keeps the term “ATLien” updated for the molly generation. Using his voice as an instrument (or instruments), he switches his flow so often you never know whether he’s about to swan dive into a beat’s pocket or explode in an entirely unpredictable direction.