Young Thug and Nicki Minaj join Elton John on new song “Always Love You”

Young Thug and Nicki Minaj join Elton John on new song “Always Love You”
The song appears on John’s new album The Lockdown Sessions.

By Jordan Darville

October 22, 2021

Young Thug fans will remember the sheer magic he made with “High,” a 2018 song that sampled Elton John‘s classic song “Rocketman.” John was more than happy with the collaboration, calling it “so cool and so good” when it dropped. The song is now ranked among Thug’s best, so it’s good news that Sir Elton and Young Thug have teamed up once more on “Always Love You,” a new song that also sports a feature from Nicki Minaj.

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Both rappers sound very much at home on this kind of boombastic, heartsick balladry (see the aforementioned “High,” and Minaj’s single “Pills & Potions”). For Thug and Nicki, the presence of John — and each other — seem to be pushing them to flex different flows and dive deeper into the beat. It may not be a resounding success like “High,” but there’s still a high level of skill involved that’s impossible not to appreciate. Listen above.

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Future Claims First Hot 100 No. 1 Song With Drake’s ‘Way 2 Sexy’ After 125 Entries

Future nabs his first ever Hot 100 song and break the record for longest wait to top the chart among artists.

The old adage goes, “If at first, you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again.” It looks like Future took that advice literally as he’s recorded over 100 entries before getting a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Today his drought ended as he officially has the #1 song on the Hot 100.

He’s broken the record for the longest wait for a #1 as he finally climbed to the top position with some help from Drake. It may not seem like it adds up, considering the fact that Future has released some monster hits for the past decade. He almost tasted the pinnacle of the board with “Life Is Good,” another collaboration with Drake.

That track looked set to take the number one spot but fell off before claiming top credits. He’s shown great tenacity, though with an overall of 125 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, and now the Atlanta native has the #1 spot with another collaborative effort, “Way 2 Sexy.”

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The track, which appears on Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy, uses a sample from Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy.” He joins forces with Young Thug to bring the track to life. While this is Future’s first, it’s Young Thug’s third No. 1 song on the Hot 100 chart and comes after his track “FRANCHISE” with Travis Scott and “Havana” with Camila Cabello.

Drake, on the other hand, is used to setting and breaking records. Earlier today, September 13, it was revealed that he did that once again by incredibly charting every single song from the album within the top 40. That’s not all, Drizzy also has 9 songs in the top 10 hottest tracks right now.

Guess who has the record as the rapper for the most #1 songs in history? Yup, that’s right, Drake has that one too. He claimed it after he got his ninth #1 this week.

Congrats to Future.

.@1future breaks the record for longest wait for a Hot 100 #1 hit, earning his first with his 125th entry.

— chart data (@chartdata) September 13, 2021

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Watch Drake’s new video “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug

Watch Drake’s new video “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug
The Dave Myers-directed clip is the first visual from Certified Lover Boy

By Sajae Elder

September 03, 2021

After dropping his long-awaited sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy early Friday morning, Drake shared the visuals for the Future and Young Thug-assisted track “Way 2 Sexy.”

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The Dave Myers-directed clip plays out like a variety show, seeing Drake go back to his acting roots by playing everything from an aerobics instructor to animated heartthrob to action star in the nearly five-minute clip. Future, Young Thug, and the L.A. Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard all show up as the ultimate R&B group, complete with white linen fits in the middle of the desert.

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First announced in May 2020 alongside the release of his Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape, the album was originally set to drop later that summer, before being pushed to January of 2021. Following a leg injury that required surgery, the album was met with another delay before the rapper shared a new release date, the album’s hilarious artwork and features, in the form of billboards in each artist’s respective cities, earlier this week.

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Certified Lover Boy, out today, boasts features from JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Tems, Ty Dolla $ign, and Giveon.

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Stream Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy

Stream Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy
The rapper’s sixth studio album has arrived.

By Jordan Darville

September 03, 2021

Drake has finally released Certified Lover Boy, his sixth studio album. The project includes features from JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Tems, Ty Dolla $ign, and Giveon; the appearances were announced on Wednesday with billboards bearing the artists’ names erected in their respective cities. The album’s cover art, designed by Damien Hirst, was unveiled on August 30.

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Drake first announced the new album in May 2020 with an Instagram post published alongside the release of the mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes, writing that the album would be out in summer 2020. Its first single, “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk, came out in August 2020, with the album’s title revealed at the same time. Originally expected in January 2021, Certified Lover Boy was delayed after Drake suffered a leg injury, requiring surgery.

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In May, Drake shared the three-song EP Scary Hours II with features from Lil Baby and Rick Ross. He featured on the songs “Solid” by Young Thug and Gunna, “Seeing Green” by Nicki Minaj, “Having Our Way” by Migos, and on Brent Faiyaz’s “Wasting Time.” His verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” contained some disses aimed at rivals Kanye West and Pusha-T, and led to Kanye sharing Instagram posts which promised to end Drake’s career and revealed his home address in Toronto.

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Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy

Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy
Drake season is well and truly upon us.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 01, 2021

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Drake season is well and truly upon us: earlier this week, the Toronto rapper revealed the hilarious cover art for his forthcoming record Certified Lover Boy, shortly after announcing the record would drop this Friday, September 3; now, billboards have been erected in Atlanta, Chicago, California and New York teasing the features on the album. As Pitchfork points out, California’s shouts out Ty Dolla $ign and Giveon; Atlanta’s billboard references Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and and Lil Baby; Chicago’s mentions “Laugh Now Cry Later” featured artist Lil Durk; and, most cryptically, New York’s billboard says that “the GOAT” features on the record, suggesting that Jay-Z will feature on the album. View all four billboards below.

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DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks

DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks
DaBaby has been removed from the lineup of Lollapalooza mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 01, 2021

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DaBaby has been dropped from the Lollapalooza 2021 lineup, mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect and love,” the festival wrote on Twitter, “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” As a replacement, G Herbo was added to the festival’s lineup, and Young Thug was moved into the headliner slot vacated by DaBaby.

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Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW

— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021

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DaBaby’s removal from the lineup is likely a response to the homophobic remarks the North Carolina rapper made at last weekend’s Rolling Loud festival in Miami. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he said during his set, adding “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” The comments were widely condemned by many in the music industry, including Dua Lipa, whose DaBaby collaboration “Levitating” is currently sitting within the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and Elton John. In response, DaBaby released a music video referencing the controversy, in which he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS”; at the end of the video, a rainbow-lettered message is displayed on-screen, reading “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

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The day before DaBaby’s set was supposed to take place, Kevin Abstract, the openly gay rapper who leads rap boyband Brockhampton, tweeted: “wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow”. Over the course of the day, he proceeded to tweet jokes about sucking dick in a parking lot.

wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) July 31, 2021

JUS SUCKED A HUGE DICK IN PARKING LOT

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) August 1, 2021

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Listen to EST Gee’s new mixtape Bigger Than Life Or Death

Listen to EST Gee’s new mixtape Bigger Than Life Or Death
The project features Young Thug, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pooh Shiesty, Future, and more.

By Jordan Darville

July 21, 2021

With the release of his 2020 project I Still Don’t Feel Nun, Kentucky artist EST Gee became one of rap’s most promising and closely watched new talents. After signing with Yo Gotti’s label CMG and delivering a fiery guest verse on Lil Baby’s hit “Real As It Gets,” Gee is back with his new full-length tape Bigger Than Life Or Death, out today. In an indication of just how hot EST Gee really is, hip-hop artists both established and newly-popping line up to provide guest verses: Lil Baby, Pooh Shiesty, Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk, and many more feature across the 15 tracks. Dive in below via Spotify and Apple Music.

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Doja Cat shares new video “Need To Know”

Doja Cat shares new video “Need To Know”
The track serves as the second single from her upcoming album Planet Her.

By Sajae Elder

June 11, 2021

Doja Cat shared the intergalactic visuals for her latest single “Need To Know” on Friday. The track serves as the follow-up to the SZA-assisted “Kiss Me More” and will appear on her upcoming third album Planet Her, set to drop on June 25.

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The clip finds Doja as a blue-skinned being preparing for a night out with her girls; a clique that includes actress Ryan Destiny and singer Grimes, who both make cameos in the video. Eventually, they end up at the club where things start heating up.

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After sharing the official tracklist earlier this week, Doja revealed Planet Her boasts features from The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, J.I.D, and Young Thug.

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Polo G shares Hall of Fame tracklist

Polo G shares Hall of Fame tracklist
The Chicago rapper’s new album is out June 11.

By Jordan Darville

June 03, 2021

Polo G. Photo by Daniel Prakopcyk for Sony Music UK

 

Next Friday (June 11), Polo G will share his much-anticipated new project Hall of Fame. It’s the Chicago rapper’s first full-length since The GOAT, the project that made him a hip-hop heavyweight, and he’s already proved his staying power with the Billboard-topping single “RAPSTAR.” Today, Polo has shared the full Hall of Fame tracklist. “RAPSTAR” is on there, as well as features from Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Nicki Minaj, DaBaby, Young Thug, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, G Herbo, Rod Wave, and more. With a lineup like that, it seems fair to say that Polo G is aiming for household name, ten-summers-conquering levels of fame and notoriety. He certainly has the talent to pull it off. Find the full Hall of Fame tracklist below.

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Hall of Fame tracklist

1. Painting Pictures
2. RAPSTAR
3. No Return ft. Kid Laroi & Lil Durk
4. Toxic
5. Epidemic
6. GANG GANG ft. Lil Wayne
7. Boom
8. Black Hearted
9. Broken Guitars ft. Scorey
10. GNF (OKOKOK)
11. Go Part 1 ft. G Herbo
12. Heart of a Giant ft. Rod Wave
13. Zooted Freestyle
14. Party Lyfe ft. DaBaby
15. Losses ft. Young Thug
16. So Real
17. Fame & Riches ft. Roddy Ricch
18. For the Love of New York ft. Nicki Minaj
19. Clueless ft. Pop Smoke & Fivio Foreign
20. Bloody Canvas

Lil Baby and Lil Durk share The Voice of the Heroes tracklist

Lil Baby and Lil Durk share The Voice of the Heroes tracklist
Travis Scott, Young Thug, Meek Mill, and Rod Wave feature across the 18-track project, out on June 4.

By Jordan Darville

June 02, 2021

Lil Baby and Lil Durk. Photo by Michael Thomas.

 

This Friday will see the release of The Voice of the Heroes, the anticipated collaborative project from Lil Baby and Lil Durk. And while a full-length tape from two of rap’s biggest names would be enough to make the release feel like a 2020 milestone, today the rappers have revealed the tracklisting of Heroes, and it sports some big features. Travis Scott will guest on “Hats Off,” Meek Mill shows up on “Still Runnin,” there’s a Young Thug verse on “Up The Side,” and Rod Wave will croon on “Rich Off Pain. All told, the project is 18 tracks long, and it will include the song “Voice of the Heroes” that dropped over Memorial Day.

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Migos share new song “Straightenin” and offer Culture III update

Migos share new song “Straightenin” and offer Culture III update
The rap trio shares its first release of 2021.

By David Renshaw

May 14, 2021

Migos have dropped a video for “Straightenin,” their first new song of the year. The Keemotion-directed video catches the Atlanta trio flexing their extensive collection of cars at various Atlanta locales, including the parking lot of a shopping center. Check it out above.

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“Straightenin” is set to appear on Migos’ upcoming album Culture III. The album has been in the pipeline since Migos released the second installment in the series back in 2018. Despite a long wait, Migos assured fans the album is still coming during an appearance on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show on Thursday.

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“We just had came off the tour and we was also doing other records and featuring on songs,” Quavo told the DJ. “So, we just started getting pulled away and just started grinding solo and it was for a good cause. Maybe these records can fit the three, but if it fit one of us, we could go to the moon, and we still going to pull each other, and still bring us to the top, and once we get together and do our records, it’s going to make it just even bigger. It wasn’t no strain on us. We just felt like it wasn’t time yet to put music out. We felt like we was just super grounded, and working, and always on the moon. We had to come back to Atlanta to get to work.”

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Since the release of Culture II all three Migos, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, have released solo albums. Last year Migos shared “Need It” plus “Give No Fxk” (with Young Thug and Travis Scott), “Taco Tuesday,” and “Racks 2 Skinny.”

Travis Scott announces Astroworld Festival 2021

Travis Scott announces Astroworld Festival 2021
The third edition of the festival takes place on November 5 and 6 in Houston, Texas.

By Jordan Darville

April 30, 2021

Travis Scott‘s Astroworld Festival is coming back to Houston for a third year. The 2021 edition has been expanded to two days and will take place on November 5 and 6. No line-up has been announced yet, but you can buy general admission and VIP tickets on May 5 at 10AM CT over at AstroworldFest.com.

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In 2019, Astroworld sported a lineup that included DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, and Migos, with a headline performance from Travis Scott. Kanye West also showed up for a surprise appearance.

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Scott’s last full-length release was the Cactus Jack records showcase JACKBOYS. In 2020 he shared the song “Franchise” featuring Young Thug and M.I.A., “The Plan” (from Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet), “The Scotts” with Kid Cudi, and the Rosalía collaboration “TKN.”

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Young Thug & Gunna Pay It Forward Post Bonds For 30 Inmates In Atlanta

Young Thug and Gunna spent their weekend bailing out inmates from jail in Atlanta.

Thirty inmates from the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta reunited with their families last weekend, thanks to rappers Young Thug and Gunna. The rappers paid it forward when they covered the bail bonds of the inmates who were in jail for minor infractions of the law. The lucky group consisted of both men and women who were unable to secure bail because they had no money.

While they did not reveal how much was spent on the initiative, the rappers’ label, YSL Records, revealed footage showcasing the moment when the thirty inmates were released from the jail. The video captured several emotional reunions with families and their formerly incarcerated loved ones.

The former inmates will reportedly be featured in a music video with Gunna and Young Thug for one of the songs on Thug’s “Slime Language 2” album, released on April 16.

Speaking in an interview on Sunday with WSB-TV, Young Thug told reporters, “We just woke up and went to the jail with the lawyer and you know DA’s and the prosecutors, you know, the bonding companies and just got as many people as we can out.”

Meantime, Gunna expressed concern about the high cost of bonds for some of the crimes committed.

He said, “There was people sitting out three or four years and couldn’t get out on a bond. If they did the crime, then they can do the time, then it’s all right. But it’s like you’re giving them a bond higher than what they stole.”

The rappers themselves are no strangers to jail, having run afoul of the law several times. Young Thug has spent time in jail on drug-related and illegal firearm charges, while Gunna has spent time for possession of a controlled substance.

The commendable move from Young Thug and Gunna comes at a time when the Fulton County Jail is housing 400 more inmates than its actual capacity of 2,500, making life extremely miserable for the inmates. The rappers revealed that they plan on repeating the good deed in the future while expressing hope that other rappers will come on board and follow their lead.

Gunna and Young Thug said most of them were being held on minor offenses but couldn’t get out because they didn’t have the money.

“You never know what somebody been through. There was people sitting out three or four years and couldn’t get out on a bond.” pic.twitter.com/9h7Xj43W96

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 26, 2021

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Young Thug and YSL share deluxe edition of Slime Language 2

Young Thug and YSL share deluxe edition of Slime Language 2
The album’s original version dropped on April 17.

By Sajae Elder

April 23, 2021

Young Thug. By Andrew Chin/Getty Images.

 

Only a week after sharing the compilation album Slime Language 2, Young Thug and YSL Records have dropped the album’s deluxe version featuring eight new tracks. The updated version also boasts new features from DaBaby, Jim Jones, Nav, and more.

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The album’s original 23-track version already included appearances from Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Skepta, Big Sean, and more. According to early sales projections from HitsDailyDouble, the album is expected to pull in 125,000-140,000 equivalent album units in its first week, possibly putting it on track to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.

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Most recently, Young Thug and Unfoonk shared the video for their joint single, “Real.”

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Lil Uzi Vert Names Mike Jones Among Top 5 Most Influential Rappers

Mike Jones gets his flowers from Lil Uzi Vert.

It’s always interesting when rappers reveal who the most influential voices were leading up to their success. Lil Uzi Vert revealed his influences while being interviewed on The Fat Joe Show on Instagram Live last Thursday night (Feb. 11). Uzi made the appearance, of course, sporting his $24 million diamond forehead piercing. During the interview, he revealed the top five artists that helped make him the rapper he is today. The first rapper he mentioned was Mike Jones.

“The first rapper that I ever learned lyric for lyric was Mike Jones. That’s the first rapper I learned everything lyric for lyric, and I wanted to be like him. I had a Boost Mobile and my mom would give me $15 and I’d get phone cards and shit and I would spend all my money calling Mike Jones’ number ’cause I wanted to talk to him,” he said.

He even remembered the Houston rapper’s phone number and shared it with fans. “I remember the number by heart. Right now, to this day: 281-330-8004. I felt that star power from him. He had that star power.”

As he moved through his list of influences, he mentioned Lil Wayne, whose style he admitted he actually tried to emulate. “I wanted to be Lil Wayne. When I was younger, girls would say I looked like Lil Wayne, so I would run with that. And I would wear the fedoras, and I would wear the tight Polo tees with the skinnies, and wear the Vans and sh*t,” he added. He also said that he ordered a fake piercing off of Amazon, which had a magnet. He wore the fake piercing below his lip every day so that he could feel more like Lil Wayne.

He also praised his aunt Remy Ma, for some of his success. “I got a gangsta aunt and my aunt definitely a little different. She one of them girls from the hood that was the DMX fan and the Remy Ma fan,” he said.

Another rapper that had a major influence on him was Kurupt, who Vert said had that “East Coast mentality but that West Coast swag. He also mentioned Young Thug, who he described as a “mythical creature.”

“This was later in my life. So, I used to listen to I Came From Nothing, I Came From Nothing 2. I used to watch on YouTube when Young Thug used to perform at the little like skating rink shits. The reason that he was such an influence to me was because he was almost like a mythical creature back then,” he said.

He continued on to say that he always knew that Young Thug would be successful. “I actually knew before the public. Not even before the public. I’m not from Atlanta, so everybody out there knew about that man before me. Atlanta and around Atlanta, Georgia or whatever. But, just where I was from, I felt like I was the first person in the fu**in’ world that was listening to him. I felt like that.”

You can take a look at the full interview below.

T.I. Asks Young Thug If He Wore A Dress For Attention, Here’s Thugger Response

T.I. asks Young Thug about his infamous dress while suggesting that it was all for attention.

We live in changing times. Gender expression is becoming increasingly fluid, and this trend is breaking into an arena that is traditionally about as masculine as it comes—hip hop. Young Thug has been able to break boundaries in an unexpected way with his ability to play with feminine fashion choices while also maintaining his credibility in the rap game, but it seems T.I. suspected the Atlanta artist did it all to turn heads.

Speaking with Thug on his podcast, ExpediTIously, Tip first commended Thugger’s ability to do what would have once seemed impossible, saying, “You were so confident in your skin that you put on a f***ing dress but maintained your status as a real n***a.”

T.I. went on to agree his other guest, Benny The Butcher, who suggested that move was a publicity stunt. “This n***a put a dress on for attention, tell the truth. You did that sh*t for attention.” Young Thug stood his ground, however, responding nonchalantly by saying that the extravagant baby-blue dress featured on the front of the JEFFERY mixtape simply matched his shoes. “That motherf*cker matched,” he said. “This on my kids.”

While his explanation seems a little too easy, it is likely that Young Thug was making a larger statement about his right to put whatever he wants on his body for whatever reason he wants. Hip hop and fashion have always intersected in a huge way that continues to make a large cultural impact, and musicians across all genres have often played with gender norms in their fashion choices. It seems only right that even the grittiest hip hop artists should also be able to express their femininity if they so choose. T.I. might want to take note of Thugger’s incredible level of comfort in his own skin.

Young Thug, Gunna, and Yak Gotti share “Take It To Trial”

Young Thug, Gunna, and Yak Gotti share “Take It To Trial”
The song will appear on forthcoming YSL Records compilation Slima Language 2.

By David Renshaw

December 18, 2020

Young Thug, Gunna, and Yak Gotti have dropped the video for new song “Take It to Trial.” The Wheezy-produced the track comes with a video co-directed by Young Thug that can be seen above,

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“Take It To Trial” will appear on Young Stoner Life Records’ forthcoming Slime Language 2. Young Thug’s label released the first edition of Slime Language back in 2018.

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Earlier this year Young Thug appeared alongside Travis Scott and M.I.A. on the No.1 single “FRANCHISE.” He also provided features on songs by Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby among others. His most recent studio album, So Much Fun, dropped in 2019. Gunna’s released his WUNNA project in May while fellow Atlanta-based artist Yak Gotti shared Gotti Outta Here in October.

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Young Thug, André 3000, and speaking legendary shit

Young Thug, André 3000, and speaking legendary shit
Thug’s rejection of the Outkast rapper’s legacy holds true to its spirit.

By Jordan Darville

November 30, 2020

Near the beginning of his interview for T.I.’s podcast expediTIously, Young Thug offers an insight into his creative process: “Any time I’m myself, it’s always really different.” It’s a statement that sheds light on his subsequent negative comments about André 3000 (“I can’t rap you two André 3000 songs. I ain’t never paid attention to him. Never in my life”) but also connects him to the erstwhile Outkast rapper. Both artists create by this code, understanding that greatness is never comfortable or neat. It chafes, sometimes to a point to severe irritation.

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That’s where Thug found himself over the weekend, when clips of his remarks were circulated around the internet and roundly condemned. A freshman member of congress even weighed in. The internet eventually resurfaced excerpts of 3000 praising Thug, from a 2017 interview with Complex (“To do those things he does, you have to have big fuckin’ balls… That’s one of my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”) to his eulogy at Phife Dawg’s funeral. “It’s so dope,” Andre said of hip-hop’s new generation, specifically naming Thug. “They’re them because of us,” 3000 says. “The old niggas hating on the young niggas, that shit gotta stop.”

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Nothing of what 3000 says is in dispute. Young Thug remains one of the greatest rappers alive, and the long shadow of his influence is comparable to that of André 3000. It’s unfortunate that the expediTIously appearance dragged up a long-settled debate over the value of Thug’s artistry, but the internet loves nothing better than living in the past. Perhaps the constant comparisons to 3000 made Thug feel like his own singular creative powers were being diminished. Maybe a rich, famous, and powerful celebrity had an ego trip. Whatever the reason, Thug was embodying the iconoclasm André 3000 said he saw.

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Thug’s stature in music is one reason why the controversy is overblown, and he has earned the right not to be dismissed out of hand. It also won’t be the first domino in the collapse of André 3000’s legacy. His catalog is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant in hip-hop; in 2017, it got its own course at the University of Georgia. He is the pantheon now, even if glimmers of his influence are still strewn across modern music like diamonds.

3000 secured his place in history by taking on sacred cows; treating him like one diminishes what made him special. A seeker like Thug questioning the unquestionable — the value in the legacy of an artist who influenced him and paved the way for his career — honors the original spirit of what made 3000 great, and reflects how much of 3000 is in Thug. An assumed legend is a stagnant one, and depending on the source, even petulant criticism can offer it a new dimension. Nobody, however great, should get too comfortable. André 3000 knows that better than most.

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DaBaby shares “Blind” video featuring Young Thug

DaBaby shares “Blind” video featuring Young Thug
The track appears on his recently released album Blame It On Baby (Deluxe).

By Jordan Darville

November 16, 2020

DaBaby was already a star before he dropped Blame It On Baby, his third studio album, but it was the album’s single “Rockstar” and its seven weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, that catapulted DaBaby into the stratosphere. Still riding high, DaBaby returned on Monday with another music video for his latest single “Blind,” a track from Blame It On Baby‘s deluxe edition with a verse from Young Thug that offers a surprising amount of chemistry. The clip, directed by Motion Family, follows a guy dressed up like DaBaby’s grandpa who enjoys the perks of music video set life as a treat for his 90th birthday. The video begins with a tribute to DaBaby’s brother Glenn Johnson, who tragically died earlier this month. Watch above.

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Young Thug and Gunna turn up for Karlae’s “Jimmy Choo” video

Young Thug and Gunna turn up for Karlae’s “Jimmy Choo” video
Two YSL Records heavyweights show up for the freshwoman rapper’s latest track.

By Jordan Darville

October 09, 2020

Jerrika Karlae may have entered the public eye as Young Thug‘s fiancee, but the particulars of her personal life aren’t nearly as notable as the music she makes. A talented rapper in her own right, Karlae’s slow-walk of her career has included three singles in 2019 and now her first of 2020, “Jimmy Choo” featuring Young Thug and Gunna.

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As the song’s title suggests, “Jimmy Choo” is about reveling in luxury. So naturally, the song’s music video takes place in a mansion with lots of blue-faced $100s and luxury cars to spare. Karlae’s hook is primed for TikTok virality, but her snappy verses shouldn’t be overlooked (“This pussy got Powers, Austin / Your pussy for sale, auction” got me pretty good). Check it out above.

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Megan Thee Stallion unleashes “Don’t Stop” with Young Thug

Megan Thee Stallion unleashes “Don’t Stop” with Young Thug
Go through the looking glass with the Houston rapper’s new video.

By David Renshaw

October 02, 2020

Megan Thee Stallion has shared new song “Don’t Stop.” It is the Houston rapper’s follow-up to summer smash “WAP” and features a guest appearance by Young Thug. Check out the Alice in Wonderland-style (directed by “WAP” director Colin Tilley) video below.

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A press release for “Don’t Stop” states that the song will feature on Megan’s previously unannounced debut album, due this fall. The FADER has reached out for further details.

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This weekend Megan Thee Stallion will make her debut on Saturday Night Live alongside guest host Chris Rock. In July Megan claimed that she was shot in the foot by Tory Lanez, sharing images of her injury to social media. Lanez has subsequently denied the allegations in the form of music, releasing a whole album to defend his name.

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Travis Scott recruits Young Thug and M.I.A. for “Franchise”

Travis Scott recruits Young Thug and M.I.A. for “Franchise”
Watch Scott’s wild new video now.

By David Renshaw

September 25, 2020

Travis Scott has shared new song “Franchise.” The song features Young Thug and M.I.A. and is released via Cactus Jack/ Epic. Check out the video, filmed at Michael Jordan’s Chicago mansion, above. “Franchise” arrives shortly after Scott rolled out his high profile collaboration with fast food giant McDonald’s.

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Speaking to Apple Music about the song, Scott said he approached M.I.A. after they first spoke about him contributing to her next album. “When I finished the song, I couldn’t think of nobody else that I could probably just maybe like, body this shit,” he told Zane Lowe. “You know what I’m saying? Body this shit like as hard as like anyone else, any other rapper, any other artists. And just that presence, man. We ain’t felt this presence in a long time. I’m just trying to get this gig shit like right man. We got to get better, right? You know what I’m saying? Like all of this, the energy man, music, beats, raps, God! Everything, she’s the illest of all time.”

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“Franchise” is the latest in a run of 2020 singles from Scott. “The Plan,” taken from the soundtrack of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, arrived last month. He has also collaborated with Kid Cudi (“The Scotts”) and ROSALÍA (“TKN”) in addition to guesting on albums from Justin Bieber, Jay Electronica, and Big Sean among others.

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Young Thug and T.I. link up on “Ring”

Young Thug and T.I. link up on “Ring”
A new collaboration from the two Atlanta rappers.

By David Renshaw

September 11, 2020

T.I. has recruited Young Thug for new song “Ring.” The latest collaboration from the two Atlanta rappers is streaming above.

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Young Thug was a guest on T.I.’s most recent studio album, 2018’s Dime Trap. Earlier this year T.I. featured on South African rapper Nasty C’s album Zulu Man With Some Power. He is also due to appear alongside Milla Jovovich and Ron Perlman in 2021 fantasy thriller Monster Hunter.

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Young Thug’s last solo album was 2019’s So Much Fun. Earlier this year, he dropped Slime&B with Chris Brown and has also contributed to recent albums from Big Sean, Nav, and Gunna.

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Thumbnail image courtesy of Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Ethan Miller/Getty.

Pop Smoke’s estate releases deluxe Shoot for the Stars… featuring Young Thug, Burna Boy and more

Pop Smoke’s estate releases deluxe Shoot for the Stars… featuring Young Thug, Burna Boy and more
The No.1 album now comes with 15 additional tracks.

By David Renshaw

July 20, 2020

Pop Smoke

 

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Pop Smoke‘s posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon was released on July 3 and promptly went to No.1, giving the late rapper his first chart topping album. Today, July 20, the deluxe edition of the album arrives with 15 additional tracks and guest spots from artists including Fivio Foreign and Jamie Foxx.

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Among the new tracks is “Paranoia,” featuring Young Thug and Gunna. A leaked version of the song included an additonal verse from Pusha-T but he does not appear on the official version.

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Other guests on the new songs include Burna Boy, Davido, PnB Rock, Queen Naija, BloodPop, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. Scroll down to listen now.

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Pop Smoke was shot and killed on February 19, age 20, during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. Earlier this month four people were charged in connection with the rapper’s murder. Read The FADER’s memorial to the fallen N.Y.C. rapper here.

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Young Thug stands up for James Harden after player photographed wearing “Thin Blue Line” mask

Young Thug stands up for James Harden after player photographed wearing “Thin Blue Line” mask
Thug said Harden isn’t online enough to understand the symbol’s pro-police and white supremacist associations.

By Jordan Darville

July 17, 2020

Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET

 

The NBA season is kicking off again as the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States. That bad idea met another one last night when Houston Rockets player James Harden was photographed wearing a “Thin Blue Line” face mask; the image is associated with pro-police organizations, mall security guards who act extra, and white supremacist groups.

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Mask Up

📸 @NBA pic.twitter.com/PFsIuJybYb

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 17, 2020

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The photograph caused an uproar of Twitter, so much so that Harden’s friend Young Thug chimed in on Thursday night. “[Harden] don’t have internet so he obviously don’t know what’s right or wrong if he posted something that’s against US…”

Just so u know James harden is my brada… btw he don’t have internet so he obviously don’t know what’s right or wrong if he posted something that’s against US…but I hate when rappers get in niggas biz like it’s can’t happen to em💥 buster let niggas clear they shit up activist

— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) July 17, 2020

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Harden confirmed on Friday that he didn’t know of the mask’s pro-cop connotations, saying that he wore it simply because he thought it “looked cool” and covered his beard. Harden further clarified that he would show support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a message on his jersey during the upcoming season.

Young Thug and Pusha-T trade Instagram shots over Drake diss on leaked Pop Smoke song

Young Thug and Pusha-T trade Instagram shots over Drake diss on leaked Pop Smoke song
Pusha-T reignited his feud with Drake on a verse on the unreleased Pop Smoke track “Paranoia.”

By Jordan Darville

July 07, 2020

(L) SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images (R) Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

 

On Monday, an unreleased Pop Smoke song titled “Paranoia” leaked. The song featured Young Thug, Gunna, and Pusha-T, who used his verse to dive back into his long-standing feud with Drake.

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In his verse, Pusha-T takes aim at Drake’s use of patois and references a 2018 stage-rushing incident during Pusha’s show in Toronto. Pusha goes on to consider purchasing a home in Mississauga, a city next door to Drake’s hometown of Toronto:

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“You know reality bites/It’s chess not checkers / Those empty threats only sound good on your records / If the patois is not followed by blocka / It’s like marked for death Screwface, without the choppa / Let ‘em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra / Only to hide the blade, flyin’ back through LaGuardia / I might even buy a home out in Mississauga”

Young Thug addressed the verse in his Instagram story on Monday evening, insisting that he and his label mate Gunna were unaware of the verse’s content. “I don’t respect the pusha t verse,” Thug wrote, “I don’t have nun to do with y’all beef and neither does Gunna, and if I knew it was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf.” Thug, who has faced homophobic accusations for most of his career, concluded his statement with “this rapper shit so gay.”

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Young Thug comments on Pusha T dissing Drake on the song ‘Paranoia’ that featured him and Gunna, which was supposed to be on Pop Smoke’s new album. pic.twitter.com/sXsSy4t65n

— THUGGER DAILY ひ (@ThuggerDaily) July 7, 2020

Pusha-T responded on Tuesday morning on his own Instagram story, backing up Thug’s claim that he didn’t know about the verse’s content. “NOBODY knew what the verse was abt,” he said. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE TOLD THEM!… And If HE’LL TELL record executives abt rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal with Police Work, Police Rappers or Police Niggas!!!”

However, Pusha followed up with two more instigating statements aimed at Thug. “You were the last verse added to the song and that’s ONLY because I requested YOU!!” The statement concludes with Pusha dismissing Thug’s criticism. “I WOULD NEVER look [for] or need YOUR respect for what [it is] I bring to this rap game!!”

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AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

The FADER has reached out to representatives for Young Thug and Pusha-T for comment.

“Paranoia” was originally recorded for Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. The album was released last week and is on track for a No. 1 debut.

Aminé teams up with Young Thug on “Compensating”, announces upcoming album Limbo

Aminé teams up with Young Thug on “Compensating”, announces upcoming album Limbo
The rapper also shared details about his new album coming later this summer.

By Sajae Elder

July 06, 2020

Photo: Micaiah Carter.

 

Aminé teamed up with Young Thug on his latest single “Compensating”, a bouncy track that sounds like some semblance of summer. The rapper also shared details of how the single came together with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Monday.

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“I was in Toronto working with [producer] T-Minus on this song,” he told Lowe, “and I put the hook together and then Minus told me he had a session with Thug and he thought that we would mesh well together. He was the one who kind of quarterbacked the whole thing.”

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The track is the third single from his upcoming project Limbo, following “Shimmy” and “Riri.” Aminé explained the project was technically supposed to be his sophomore release after 2017’s Good For You — his second studio project OnePointFive was released in 2018. “We’ve been working on this for like two years now and I worked on this way before OnePointFive. I put out OnePointFive just as a placeholder for people,” he explained, crediting that project’s release to the unexpected success of “REEL IT IN.” “Like, everybody asking for an album…so I threw out a mixtape… [and it] gave me more time to work on this, to perfect this.”

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Limbo set to drop on August 7. Stream the song below.

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Filthy Gears – Way Back Lyrics (feat. Rocket)

[Chorus]
Way back
Man ah do this from way back
Yeah, I’m talking ’bout way back
Man ah go hard from way back
I couldn’t see you way back
So man better fall way back, yeah?
Still see me on a crowded train, not a Maybach
Putting in graft from way back
Can’t do me like Bowser, Bowser
I hop right out the struggle
Bun a Mario pipeline
Might build a castle out of the rubble
Man are grafting, grinding, no clean face
See me out with the stubble
You don’t live my life, one day in my shoes
Burst you out of your (f**king bubble)

[Verse 1]
Out of your (box), out of your (box)
Out of your (box), out of your bubble
Out of the cosy ting that you got
When you stay in at home with your bae and snuggle
Who the f**k told you you could pipe up?
Who the f**k asked for your opinion? That’s my dominion
You weren’t there when I grew
Nah, you’re just a minion
Look, despicable what? Despicable me
I’m despicable, R-O-C
Out of my nut, no K-E-T
Headed to the top of your pinnacle three
Headed to the top of your pinnacle what?
Headed to the top of your pinnacle three
Headed to the top of your pinnacle what?
Top of your pinnacle three

[Chorus]
Way back
Man ah do this from way back
Yeah, I’m talking ’bout way back
Man ah go hard from way back
I couldn’t see you way back
So man better fall way back, yeah?
Still see me on a crowded train, not a Maybach
Putting in graft from way back
Can’t do me like Bowser, Bowser
I hop right out the struggle
Bun a Mario pipeline
Might build a castle out of the rubble
Man are grafting, grinding, no clean face
See me out with the stubble
You don’t live my life, yo

[Verse 2]
Yo, I watch the market
I clocked the gap that’s bigger than Steve-O’s
I don’t rap like Young Thug’s flow, like Future, Drake or Migos
Man are more Raskit than Neutrino’s
Man are Jackson, not no Titos
Still tell a fake one to beat it
Only do favours just for a favour
f**k that, keep it
They call me Rocket, they call me Rocky
They call me Rocko, they call me Rocks
R-O-C K-E-T
Still fill the big boy shoes and socks
Came off the rocks, know what’s what
Grind don’t stop, yeah, I’m on lots
I’m on top of this, on top of that
Till we top the list, been top ah top from

[Chorus]
Way back
Man ah do this from way back
Yeah, I’m talking ’bout way back
Man ah go hard from way back
I couldn’t see you way back
So man better fall way back, yeah?
Still see me on a crowded train, not a Maybach
Putting in graft from way back
Can’t do me like Bowser, Bowser
I hop right out the struggle
Bun a Mario pipeline
Might build a castle out of the rubble
Man are grafting, grinding, no clean face
See me out with the stubble
You don’t live my life, one day in my shoes
Burst you out of your (f**king bubble)

[Bridge: Kadey James & Rocket]
Box, box
Box, bubble (Man have been doing from way back)
Oh, oh
Oh, oh (Us man ah do it from way back)
(Talk about way back, way back)
(Yo)
(Yeah)
Box, box
Box, bubble (paper)
(Man have been doing from way back)
(Us man ah do it from way back)
(Man have been doing from way back)
(Us man ah do it from way back, everyday)

[Verse 3]
Everyday, everyday
Yeah, man ah do that everyday
Everyday, everyday
Yeah, man do that everyday
What? Everyday, yeah, everyday
Yeah, man ah do that everyday
All day, like everyday
I said all day, like everyday, ayy
Look, wake up in the morning
When the birds start calling and the worms start crawling, ayy
Last night, I was too drunk and high
I was too drunk and high
Did way too much
Woke up and I still feel way too f**ked
But I’m scared of showers
So I only do the face, armpits and nuts
Get back to the work
Hoodie on low, get back to the curbs
Out the bits and the shit
When I’m dead’s the only time I’m going back to the dirt
How you mean? How you mean? Yeah
Grew up in the dirty but the heart’s still clean
What’d you mean? What’d you mean?
Never been mean, myself, Irene
Do it for the gang, do it for the fam and team
Do it for the ones that said I should’ve quit this shit
Can’t even quit this now
How you think that I can quit my dream, are you mad?

Young Thug – 420 Lyrics

Woah woah woah, yeah
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah
We got London on da Track

[Verse 1:]
Imma charge her like a dodger
Bae im way smarter than marter
Brand new Cadillac with the spoiler
Ain’t playing games like im at the quarters
They say, they say im mean like my father
Imma fuck a nigga bitch and catch your daughter
A lot of rings on my finger like a lodder
Alot of bling living like the ?
I know the answer like a very important color
I leave the pussy nigga death no charger
And im smoking kushy kushy like jorder flooded than we take a order
Got a whole lotta rich nigga man no voice, no voice yeah
Serve a lot of muhfuckers to the front and back door trust
Go to waist nigga kushy smell in the market
Momma had a hundred bands when i mail her
Ever since the first day she never been taller
They just tryna book us all ever since the day im cooking dawgs
She just wanna nut inside her trouser
She just wanna sucky sucky my girls and my boys
She just wanna sucky sucky till i say oh lord
She gon suck it call my money longer than a cord
Momma pussy soaking wet i feel like im abort

[Interlude:]
Lil bitch tryna record
Hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up
Hold up, hold up

[Verse 2:]
Take two
I come with a few just in case you looking like you do
Imma pull up to the set with my nigga jayroo
Pussy nigga now im big and in it with my piru
Lame bitches know im not gone fuck her they the sue
Imma catch a ? with them wiping like a troup
Hop inside a foreign car tearing up the roof
Imma slide ride pass em cause they do not sell like you
420 getting geeked out my mind, hey
420 imma pop em my spine, hey
420, 420, 420 nigga, 420, 420
20
Alka setzer plus when i was standing on the block i serve the J
Nigga coming back to my whoadie and my nigga but i come and then i lay
Going to the school nigga blood nigga know im bitches late
So geeked out my mind for a wet T-C
Got a pocket full
Nose in my ring like a fucking bull

Young Thug – 1st Song Lyrics

[Intro]
Woah! Jeffery
Possibly I took some broads, aye
Jeff!
Aye aye aye aye

[Verse 1]
I just wanna smash on the first day
I just wanna smash on the first day
I just wanna smash on the first day
I just wanna smash, I’ma smash
Smash like a smash gang
Smash in my Balmains
Smash while I’m switching lanes
Smash in your maintain
When you smash you gotta maintain
Gotta smash on your main thing
Fuck her hard like my main dame, aye
I’ma smash, I’ma remain
The best that she ever saw, the best that she ever did
The best that she ever fucked, the best that she ever kissed
The best that she ever sucked, the best thing she ever did
I’ma be the best thing she ever did
Oh, oh, oh!
Prince and Michael Jackson on my jacket, gucci [?]
She bad, I make her badder, dead fresh without a casket
Hermes on my belt, no no no wrangling, no no ratchet
Smith & Wesson glocky, I’ma keep a fucking ratchet, aye
I just wanna smash
Best thing then I’m happy, yes
Buy her everything, make sure she happy, yes
Rollie-ro-ro-rollie with the Patek, yes
Got her [?] then designer sex
I’m gon’ fuck you like no other, nothing like the rest
I’ma battle with you through everything with no flesh
If I promised I’ma marry you, you ain’t gotta rush
Oh!

[Chorus: Young Thug & Sonyae Elise]
I’ma make sure that you ball with your feet up
(He gon’ make sure that I ball with my feet up)
Turn you up, I never lost with your feet up
(Turn me up, I never lost with my feet up)
Buy you diamonds, [?] with your feet up
(Buy me diamonds, [?] with my feet up)
She pregnant with my daughter with her feet up
(She pregnant with your daughter with my feet up)
Yeah, with your feet up (Ohhh)
Aye, with your feet up
Aye, with your feet up
Aye
Ohhh, with my feet up
Ohhh, with my feet up
Oh yeah, with my feet up
With my feet up
Feet up
With my feet up, nigga
Help me with my feet up, yeah
I be riding-riding-riding with my feet up
That’s my nigga, he gon’ make sure that they keep up
He gon’ make sure that they always gotta catch ’em
I don’t fuck with niggas, we be out there catching
I be rolling-rolling-rolling with ’em, yeah
I’m with boy-boy-boys sipping [?]
With my feet up