The Good, The Average & The Ugly (9/16-9/23)

Every Tuesday, I'll be reviewing what I thought was good, average and bad from the week in music. This week, we'll be taking a look at releases from Atlanta artist Young Thug, a collaboration from French Montana & Drake, as well as a single from Lil Uzi Vert.



Young Thug - On the Rvn (EP)

Young Thug is a unicorn, and it's truly a beautiful thing.

In all seriousness though, no rapper in the game comes close to touching the incredibly unique ability Young Thug possesses. Throughout his relatively long and frankly underrated career, Thugger has flourished as the commander of new age rap, with masterful releases like Jeffery, Barter 6, Slime Season 3 and Beautiful Thugger Girls.

Since his earliest projects, Young Thug has altered and twisted his one-of-a-kind voice in ways previously thought impossible, while simultaneously delivering speaker shaking hits that cater to fans and casuals alike.

On his newest release, On the Rvn, Thugger combines former sounds from albums Jeffery and Beautiful Thugger Girls, culminating an EP worthy of the highest praise. Few artists have the talent to take sonics from two vastly different releases and combine them seamlessly, so in a sense, On the Rvn is a victory lap of sorts.

Showcasing features from 6LACK, Jaden Smith and Elton John, Young Thug aids his ultimate vision of success in diversity within music on the EP with three artists from vastly different genres. The ease in which he collaborates with these features speaks volumes to the diverse character that is Young Thug.

On "Climax", Thug hands the wheel to 6LACK, who gives the listener some of his best melodies to date. The song is a cry for help, as both 6LACK and Young Thug look for answers from a woman who left for something better. On Climax, both artists sing the chorus in unison, creating a gentle, vulnerable plea to the one that got away.

On "Sin", Thugger recruits Jaden Smith for a brief verse. In summary, "Sin" follows a relatively unconventional structure, but it works perfectly nonetheless. Contrary to "Climax", Thug and Jaden outline the many guilty pleasures they indulge in due to their success in their fields.

The EP's highlight comes in the outro, where Young Thug & Elton John collaborate on "High". Elton John's feature is more or less a sample, but the fluency in which the rock classic fits with Young Thug's style is awe-inspiring. This further proves Thug's versatility; the ability to successfully use a song like this to his full advantage.

Fan or not, it's hard to deny Young Thug's musical talent within the industry, and at this point in his extravagant career, there's nowhere to go but up, so many albums and mixtapes later.

So keep doing you Thugger, because honestly, your the only one doing it like this, and it's an amazing thing.