This album was released on August 17th this year. It’s a compilation from artists on Young Thug’s YSL Records. There are only two solo tracks from him. Believe it or not, this will be the tenth project I’ve reviewed from Young Thug since starting with The Barter VI in 2015. So far the only project I’d actually say was good is that Young Martha EP he dropped with Carnage. There’s always at least one song that I really fuck with though, so I’m not expecting this to be complete trash.
1. Tsunami produced by Keyyz & Wheezy
This beat is decent. It sounds kind of poppy, but it’s not too bad. I’m really not feelin’ Young Thug’s high pitched vocals on this track. The hook is just him shouting out the song’s producers. The two verses are average for Young Thug. Apparently the weed that he smokes smells like chitlins. I’ve thankfully never actually smelled chitlins, so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. There is such a thing as bad weed though. Steer clear of a strain called UK Cheese. That stuff smells like shit, and gives you a really weird high. Anyway, this song isn’t good. Young Thug’s music can be really poppy, and this is a prime example of that. I’m not feelin’ it.
2. U Ain’t Slime Enough featuring Karlae & Duke produced by Woodpecker
Jesus. Young Thug’s vocals are even more high pitched on this song than they were on the previous track. The first verse from Karlae was… I don’t know how I feel about it to be honest. It’s definitely not good. I’m trying to decide whether it was bad or horrible. I think I’ll just stick with bad. She basically just sounded like a female Travis Scott. Some of her lyrics were incomprehensible, but that’s to be expected from anyone associated with Young Thug. He’s a pioneer of mumble rap after all. At the end of Duke’s verse he threatens to wipe your nose. These guys are just super different. This song is even worse than the previous one to be honest. Young Thug’s refrain is super difficult to listen to, and I wasn’t feelin’ either of the features. This shit is wack af to me.
3. Gain Clout produced by Smoke & Keyyz
This beat is actually really fuckin’ cool. This is a really fast paced song. Just like with every other Young Thug song, there are a lot of questionable lines.
Money got me shittin’ like a laxative
How does money influence his bowel movements? I guess he spends a lot of money on food… That can’t be true though because I read an article about how he barely eats and has to get vitamins injected because of his poor appetite. This is the shortest song on the album. I think it’s a lot better than the previous two tracks just because it actually sounds different from the average Young Thug song. I still won’t be coming back to it in the future, but it’s not that bad. I’d love to hear a more capable MC take over this beat. Tech N9ne would demolish this instrumental. He’s the first rapper that comes to mind just because it’s so uptempo. It’s a solid track as it is, but there’s no replay value for me.
4. Oh Yeah featuring HiDoraah produced by Keyyz & K Bangerz
This song is fucking terrible. Jesus Christ I forgot just how bad Young Thug’s projects are. The beat on this track is really sugary and poppy. The high pitched vocals from Young Thug on the hook are awful. It lasts way too fucking long too. The verse from HiDoraah is only like 8 bars long. It was painfully average. This is another really bad song. This is definitely the wackest track so far. The structure is so simplistic that there’s not even really much to discuss. This shit is wack af.
5. Audemar featuring Tracy T produced by Keyyz
I didn’t know Tracy T was on Young Thug’s label, but it makes sense. They are two really similar artists. They both have really high pitched voices. This beat is pretty hard, and the melody from Young Thug actually isn’t bad. His verse was nothing special, but the hook is kinda cool despite how repetitive it is. Tracy T’s verse was cool. This is definitely the most tolerable song on the album so far. It didn’t really bother me at all. It doesn’t have much replay value personally, but I don’t think it’s bad at all. It’s a decent track.
6. Chanel (Go Get It) featuring Gunna & Lil Baby produced by Psymun, SinGrinch & Wheezy
This beat is decent I guess. The hook from Young Thug is alright. Gunna literally just sounds like Young Thug if his voice was pitched down by one semitone. I just felt like I was listening to Young Thug. His verse was average. Lil Baby kinda sounds like him too. These guys all rap with pretty much the same style. It was good that Lil Baby at least had a different flow I guess. This is another decent song that I’ll never listen to again. Everything was tolerable.
7. Dirty Shoes featuring Gunna produced by Charlie Handsome & Wheezy
This beat is actually really fuckin’ dope. The song starts with Thugger’s signature melodic mumbling. The melody of the hook isn’t bad. It’s pretty repetitive though. Should I even bother telling y’all how the verse is? I feel like I’ve never actually heard a good verse from him. He just kinda always spits a shit ton of generic sexual lines with a melodic delivery. They’re usually all pretty much the same. The same can be said for Gunna. I feel like they’re the same artist. If you played this song for someone who isn’t familiar with either of the two rappers, they’d probably think they were one person. Anyway, this is one of the best songs on the album so far, but it’s still not really good enough for me to return to it.
8. It’s a Slime featuring Lil Uzi Vert produced by Wheezy
This beat is dope. I just listened to the entire song. The production’s really the only thing I can praise. The lyrics are unintelligible. The entire song is what sounds like gibberish or broken English over a dope beat. I’m on Genius right now reading the lyrics. I don’t know how those Genius editors understand what these guys are saying. Lil Uzi’s verse is pathetic. I shouldn’t feel like I can do better than you as a rapper when you’re one of the biggest new school acts in the industry. This shit is wack to me.
9. Scoliosis featuring Gunna & Duke produced by Mattazik Muzik, Smoke & Keyyz
This is definitely one of the hardest beats on the album, but I don’t know if I actually like it. It’s kind of annoying to me. A lot of Young Thug’s similes just make little to no sense.
Ancient gold Rolex like a condom
Nigga what? In what way are gold rolexes similar to condoms? This is a really shitty song. Gunna’s verse was terrible. Duke’s verse wasn’t good either. This song is really fucking bad. There’s not a single aspect of it that I enjoyed. I think there are worse songs on this project, but that certainly doesn’t make this song any better. This shit is fucking wack.
10. Goin’ Up featuring Lil Keed produced by Kacey Khaliel
I really don’t know why so many struggle rappers choose to follow that trend of calling themselves “Lil X.” It’s like they’re purposely trying to be as generic as possible. This Lil Keed guy sounds exactly like Young Thug too. It’s almost as if all these YSL artists are siblings. Consistency is cool, but these guys all just sound like dollar store versions of Young Thug. In fact, they’re not even necessarily worse than him. The only reason I’m giving him more credit is because I was introduced to him first. This song is wack as hell. I’m getting really tired of listening to these rappers sing without enunciating. I can’t fuck with this shit.
11. January 1st featuring Jacquees & Trap Boy Freddy produced by Bobby Raps, Cicero on the Beat, Wheezy & DY Krazy
I can’t stand this high pitched hook from Jacquees. Jesus fucking Christ this song is torture. This is one of the most annoying tracks I’ve heard all year. The beat doesn’t stand out from the other tracks on this album at all. This is definitely the worst song on the album so far. I don’t see it getting worse than this though. All of the artists are delivering incredibly high pitched vocals, and it’s fucking unbearable. It’s the longest track on the album too. This song is fucking dogshit.
12. Chains Choking Me featuring Gunna produced by Charlie Handsome, Bobby Raps & Wheezy
I’m actually enjoying this song. The production is really nice. I could’ve done without the “Wheezy beats” tag that repeated every 45 seconds though. The song has an interesting structure. There’s not really a hook. Young Thug does a short intro, then Gunna comes in for a verse, and then there’s a final verse from Young Thug. It could’ve all just been one Young Thug verse; it would’ve sounded the exact same. Anyway, I fuck with the song. The production is definitely the main selling point in my opinion, but the delivery of the verses was entertaining enough to listen to. This shit is kinda dope.
13. STS featuring Strick produced by Super
I’m not really feelin’ this beat. It’s not that bad, but it just… It’s just not that good. I don’t like that hook from Young Thug either. This Strick guy thankfully sounds different from Young Thug. His verse didn’t impress me at all though. This is another bad song. There’s really not much to discuss. I didn’t like the beat or the hook, and neither of the verses impressed me. This shit is wack.
14. Expensive featuring HiDoraah & Dolly produced by Billboard Hitmakers
I remember HiDoraah & Dolly being featured on a song from a past Young Thug project, but I can’t remember exactly which one it was. Not that it matters. Dolly actually tries to rap instead of singing like Young Thug. This is the only song on the project that doesn’t feature any vocals from him. It’s not even that bad compared to the rest of the shit on this project. I just don’t care for the hook. The verses aren’t really enjoyable for me either. I mean… I don’t think this is a good song at all, but it’s more tolerable than a lot of the other shit on this album. It’s mediocre though.
15. Slimed In featuring Nechie produced by Turbo
This guy Nechie is generic as hell. I like this beat though. The hook is kinda catchy. That’s it as far as my praise goes for this song. It gets old pretty quickly. They could’ve shortened it by a minute. Young Thug’s verse went in one ear and right out the other to be honest. I don’t think this is a good song, but, just like with the previous one, it’s more enjoyable than the majority of the material on this album. In fact, it’s actually better than the previous track. I won’t be returning to it though.
This album is really, really bad. I can’t really say I’m surprised considering his track record. I’m really not impressed by any of these YSL artists. Gunna seems to be the most popular as of now, although Lil Baby gained a pretty big buzz from that Drake collaboration. I don’t think I’m gonna be checking for any of these artists in the future. I kinda don’t know why I keep giving Young Thug a chance when the majority of his material is so difficult to sit through. I just don’t really care for his singing. I think he’s got an impressive vocal range though. He’s definitely not talentless. I’m just waiting for him to put together a project that’s focused. This shit is wack.
Favorite Song: Chains Choking Me
Least Favorite Song: January 1st