Why Young Thug & London On Da Track Need To Drop Slime Season 4
Seemingly meant for Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 2, “Smash” is the most generic of these leaks. Still, the rambling intro about Instagram, Boston and see-through elevators is trademark Thugger, and the by-the-numbers hook is met with a fierce verse that sees Thug rapping vicious lines like, “the Rollie red like a beam, fuck your dream and your team.” The most bewildering series of bars, however, has got to be: “My ho’ from Dallas like a Maverick/Go to Africa to get some karats/Make her call him miss, no carriage.”
Sporadic yet hard-hitting rhymes delivered in a fluctuating shrill over a restrained, 808-heavy composition – sounds par for the course for Thug x London, does it not? However, no matter how predictable it may look on paper, there is nothing normal about “Jeep.” The chorus is sinister in its provocation, the verses beg for repeated listens and the ad-libs continue to highlight Thug’s long-underrated comedic timing (“priceless!”). London’s beat sounds a bit like he flipped the melody Frank Dukes and Vinylz created for “Pick Up the Phone” last year, but it’s hardly the backbone to the composition. Instead, the beat is stripped down to its core and leaves a lot of negative space for Thug to bounce of the walls. The 26-year old sounds fearless, effortlessly moonwalking like he’s “Michael J,” wearing “Metallic Balmain” like he’s Drake and, in a way only Thug can, bragging about being “very good at mathematics.” This track sounds damn near finished as is, and it’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to see it find a home on an official project.
The best of the bunch, “Macarena” is everything we love about Thug: awe-inspiring vocals, inexplicably catchy flows and clever, often-layered lyrics over a twinkling London On Da Track beat. Thug’s vocals build on each other like he’s creating his own beat, with carefully ad-libbed “ooo-wops” and “woos” peppering the two, equally stellar verses. When he’s not singing his heart out, milking the last note in every bar for all its worth, Thug raps, “I got a Draco for these grumpy bad cops” and, “look at the transition in my mugshots, you can tell I’m getting dough,” proving yet again that he’s the King of finding the simplest way of delivering the most poignant of thoughts. Within the first 3 days of getting this track, this writer listened to it over 65 times. No cap. “Macarena” is one of Thug’s best offerings this year, and still only feels like a glimpse of what Thugger and London got in the vault from 2016/2017.
Thug & London together are highly influential despite often being inimitable – they could possibly shift the soundscape for 2018 if they make a conscious effort to deliver with Slime Season 4. While we’re sure we’ll get more tracks involving these two when the time is right (maybe on London’s own upcoming album or – *sighs noticeably* – on Hy!£UN35), it couldn’t hurt to show just how much the fans are waiting for this pairing of minds to kick things into high gear.
Basically, what we’re saying is that we live in weird, slimey times and deserve an equally weird & slimey album to feed our souls.
Sound off below if you feel the same.