Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan teamed up as Rich Gang, and the two dropped their debut tape today. Obviously Birdman is involved, but as much as that dude shout out “Rich Gang” throughout this tape (and he graces a couple verses as well), he’s more of the overseer/A&R in charge of putting this thing together. The fact this thing actually saw light of day is a miracle, to be honest.
I’m mostly into this mixtape to check out what Young Thug’s been up to all this time. His past material has been milked out to the point of potential abuse this year; his 1017 Thug sequels are interesting B-sides at best, and Black Portland might be remains of the cutting room floor during the sessions of “Danny Glover.” His warped stretch of the voice and cadence is always interesting, but I’ve been wanting to see him succeed mending those superb techniques into something fit for the commercial. “Stoner” did that well, which to me has stood as Thug’s best record thus far.
I don’t think Young Thug in this tape is yet sellable to the middle line but his control and sense of self is so much better. He runs circles writing his hooks; he shows such great discipline within his verses. He’s not banking off off-the-hinge stuff but his knack for melodic ticks. I was kinda worried how his trajectory would pan out, but I’m so optimistic about what’s ahead for him right now.
You can download Rich Gang: The Tour, Part 1 from LiveMixtapes.