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Pop - Released May 13, 2014 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Pop - Released October 7, 2014 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 16, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Dubbed a "street release" and not his official debut album, Barter 6 was originally called Tha Carter VI until Lil Wayne voiced his disapproval, seeing as how the cocksure Young Thug saw himself as Weezy's heir apparent. Two of the highlights included here -- the weird "Constantly Hating" and "Knocked Off," which offers "We roll these bitches like they're centipedes" -- feature Lil Wayne's usual collaborator Birdman, but the biggest name to guest on Barter 6 is T.I., who acts as a hardcore rap anchor during the tripped-out "Can't Tell." Thug remains a unique mix of influences, with strains of Wayne, Migos, Lil B, and Future in his style, and yet he can skillfully ride a serene beat on "Numbers" or sound legitimately dangerous on "Check." Producers Wheezy and London on da Track handle most the beats on this freaky and fantastic release. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 16, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Dubbed a "street release" and not his official debut album, Barter 6 was originally called Tha Carter VI until Lil Wayne voiced his disapproval, seeing as how the cocksure Young Thug saw himself as Weezy's heir apparent. Two of the highlights included here -- the weird "Constantly Hating" and "Knocked Off," which offers "We roll these bitches like they're centipedes" -- feature Lil Wayne's usual collaborator Birdman, but the biggest name to guest on Barter 6 is T.I., who acts as a hardcore rap anchor during the tripped-out "Can't Tell." Thug remains a unique mix of influences, with strains of Wayne, Migos, Lil B, and Future in his style, and yet he can skillfully ride a serene beat on "Numbers" or sound legitimately dangerous on "Check." Producers Wheezy and London on da Track handle most the beats on this freaky and fantastic release. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 17, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 17, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 28, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 20, 2015 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 29, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 5, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 5, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

Titled Slime Season 3 until the last minute, I'm Up is Young Thug's Billboard-charting 2016 mixtape, and it's a lean one, running a mere nine tracks long. That angel on the cover is the MC's friend, Keith Troup, who was slain in 2015 and gets a moving tribute in the mixtape's highlight "King TROUP." The rest of the best comes from the empowering music that reflects the mixtape's title, with "Special" being a prime example of motivational music in the druggy time of Future. Also check the Boosie Badazz tribute "F Cancer" and listen for prime productions from Wheezy and Metro Boomin. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 25, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 25, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

Odd as ever but on top of the charts, Young Thug put his Slime Season series of mixtapes to rest with this short 2016 release. Running at just under half an hour, Slime Season 3 features Yak Gotti, Lil Duke, and PeeWee Roscoe as its only guests, but the production comes from A-listers like Mike WiLL Made It, Allen Ritter, and London on Da Track. Start with the hit, "Drippin'," which is everything great about the Thug (slurred speech, strange delivery, infectious hooks) in one knockout cut. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 11, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 27, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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On his third mixtape release of the year, iconic Atlanta rapper Young Thug makes his big artistic statement. Following Slime Season 3 -- itself an equally competent and Zeitgeist-defining collection -- Thug's JEFFERY (initially titled No, My Name Is Jeffery) is thrilling and essential, one of the best rap releases of 2016. The eponymous album includes ten tracks named after different idols and influencers in Thug's life, from contemporaries like Future ("Future Swag") and Gucci Mane ("Guwop") to icons like Kanye West (originally titled "Pop Star") and Rihanna. Harambe, the slain zoo gorilla who spawned countless memes in 2016, even stars as a symbol of street violence and police brutality on the ferocious song dedicated in his honor. While a slim percentage of his delivery is slightly more intelligible on JEFFERY, much of Thug's distinctive rapping remains intact, from the atonal wailing to the undulating mumbling, and the lyrics are as filthy and drugged-out as ever. Yet, with the inclusion of some danceable dub and reggae influences on "Wyclef Jean" and "Swizz Beatz" -- which reveals Thug's best Louis Armstrong impression -- as well as a bright, almost-love song ("RiRi"), there's enough freshness here to make it his most exciting and mainstream release to date. There is also a slew of familiar guests to balance his verses. Thug mixes menace with atmosphere on the 808s Auto-Tuned "Floyd Mayweather" with Gucci Mane, Gunna, and Travi$ Scott, and swirls about unrequited love and attempts at faithful commitment on the tropical slow jam "Pick Up the Phone" with Migos' Quavo and Scott. Wyclef Jean himself drops in on the Kanye track, wherein listeners might have the epiphanic realization that, stylistically, Young Thug owes as much to Wyclef as he does to Gucci and Future. Speaking of style, there is a lot to unpack here and it's difficult to separate Thug's image from the music. From the eye-opening album cover that sees Thug wearing a dress crafted by Italian designer Alessandro Trincone to his frequent shout-outs to the boys and "my mans," Thug's continuing challenge of hip-hop's gender rules and stereotypes is as inspiring as his album dedicated to inspirations. Over the course of JEFFERY, he casually references Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany's, Chanel, Patek Philippe, and Pigalle just as nimbly as other rappers grasp at a Rolex or Rolls. As a figure unlike anything in the 2010s rap world, Young Thug presents his best case for inclusion in the pantheon of hip-hop influencers with JEFFERY, a release as inspired as it is inspiring. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 27, 2016 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 14, 2018 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 25, 2018 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 18, 2018 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

Though technically not a Young Thug effort, the Young Stoner Life compilation Slime Language has the quirky rapper's prints all over it, dripping with playful production and his trademark singsong delivery, while showcasing a slew of up-and-coming names from the YSL roster. Vocalist Karlae taunts on the standout "U Ain't Slime Enough," while MCs Lil Baby, Duke, and Gunna trade verses on multiple tracks, peaking on hypnotic trap highlights such as "Scoliosis" and "Chanel (Go Get It)." Tracy T. holds his own on the bonkers "Audemar" -- home to some of Thug's wildest vocal emoting -- as HiDoraah and Dolly front as hard as their male counterparts on "Expensive." Throughout, Thug injects his distinctive presence when necessary, pulling the best out of the YSL crew and serving as a tasty sampler of their individual talents. The set debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 upon release. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 24, 2018 | 300 Entertainment - Atl

Just a month after the release of the Young Stoner Life compilation mixtape, Slime Language, Atlanta trap emcee Young Thug issued his third EP, On the Rvn. Debuting in the Top 20 of both the Billboard 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, the short set featured guests 6lack ("Climax"), Jaden Smith ("Sin"), and Elton John, who gave Thugger his seal of approval on the "Rocket Man"-sampling "High," as well as production by familiar faces London on da Track, Cubeatz, and more. ~ Neil Z. Yeung