Release Date: Sep 16, 2015
Record label: N/A
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Young Thug as a persona and artist is incalculable, sporadic. These characteristics are evident on earlier projects and most notably with 1017 Thug. This small, yet idiosyncratic component to the formation of Young Thug is what makes his work so special and at times bad.
If you're new to Young Thug, don't start with Slime Season. An odds-and-ends compilation with no coherent vision, the tape finds Thug rapping at a high level, but performing less consistently as a songwriter. It's not clear he even wants to be a songwriter on all these records; one gets the impression the tape's been compiled ex post facto, a few fully-fleshed out classics mixed in with studio dross.
Young Thug is a spectacle. His personal quirks — the tutu, his not-quite-there interview presence, and his fluid use of “bae,” to name a few — don’t come across as intentionally subversive. Young Thug exists in Squigglevision. He flips common maxims into something extraterrestrial. He ….
Young Thug, Slime Season (self-released)Young Thug’s decision to start Slime Season with his year-old Lil Wayne duet “Take Kare” feels somewhere between a taunt and an homage. Thug’s long been vocal about Wayne’s influence on his own music; he’s also been named in PeeWee Roscoe’s indictment in an alleged plot to kill the Louisiana legend. (Georgia authorities believe Roscoe is behind an April shooting that targeted Wayne’s tour bus; neither Thug nor Birdman, who is also named in the indictment, have been charged.) But what that opening number really is is a reminder that Slime Season exists outside of space or time.