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Young Thug as a persona and artist is incalculable, sporadic. These characteristics are evident on earlier projects and most notably with 1017 Thug. This small, yet idiosyncratic component to the formation of Young Thug is what makes his work so special and at times bad. So what happens when you removes those elements? Well, you get the bland and restrictive Barter 6. On Slime Season the goal of making the album "cohesive" and fitting of a standard that draws in lines that Thug would rather create on his own, is no more.

It's this unpredictability though that makes Thug still somewhat of a mystery. Is 'Take Kare' - a failed single from a year ago - just him trolling Lil Wayne further or is it a sign of respect? Did Thug even treat this project as an actual project, as over half of it had already leaked by the time Slime Season even came out? It adds to the mystique of Young Thug, but it doesn't take away from the final product we are getting, which in the end is at the very least an enjoyable experience very few are capable of providing in such a different and weird modus. With every "sheesh" ad lib from Young Thug you get pulled into the lean-drenched, beautiful, melodic ride of Slime Season.

Suddenly you're gliding into the abyss of Thug's World where he was the star quarterback in 9th for Washington High, with light, but haunting synths filling the production. And from that very point the tape offers up surprise after surprise, and even as someone who has heard most of the songs, the feel of euphoria and vibes of the melodic perfection Thug leaves you impressed. Unlike Barter 6 though, every one of the features are at least are capable of keeping up with Thug, with Young Ralph even stealing the show as he floats all over 'Rarri', which feels like it was made just for him (he did much the same on 'I'mma Ride'). But, after the first three songs, this is a Thug only show and it's a show you'll want to stay with until the very end. Sure, the final performance isn't the best on the album but it's a great showing again of how Thug, when allowed, is able to exceed expectations.

While 'Wanna Be Me' shows off his versatility, the most impressive song on the tape goes to 'Calling Your Name'. From the absolutely stunning matching of the sample, to the hollowed-out "calling me Jeffrey", it's a treat of a love song. The abilities that Young Thug shows on the track are something we've yet to see in this genre and it feels like something Thug just fondled over and decided he was just going to run with to piss off all the hip-hop elitists. Thug isn't just melodies and a fun experience though, he's also skilful at creating clever yet very quotable lines like "And I get mostly green like a salad," which on the surface seems quite simple, but not nearly as simple as one might think. A line like "Call me Jeff and the F is for fucking" could indeed be just another reference to his idol, a bit of shade towards said idol, or even Thug himself saying he is the new Wayne.

With Young Thug, simple lines become varying in meaning and often require another listen for a definitive breakdown. With Slime Season, Young Thug went back to the confidence that got him to where he currently is, but with this confidence comes a much improved skillset. Thug in the past year has really come into his own sound - a contorted form of musicality that doesn't bend for what others think rap should sound like but what he perceives it to be. It's not a fully formed idea of a project like Barter 6, but that's why it's so much better. Whether it's the random "Yea" screeches in the booming 'Overdosin', the just different expression of "Fleek" on vine-turned-actual-song 'Best Friend', or the way he changes up his vocals on 'That's All', Thug will always make your experience with his warbles and yurps something you'll remember and most likely want to revisit for whatever reason that may be.

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