Album Review: YOUNG THUG AND FUTURE – “SUPER SLIMEY”

By Shebli Khoury Photo via Mass Appeal

Rap fans have been waiting for Atlanta’s Future and Young Thug to work on a project together for a while now, and thanks to SUPER SLIMEY, their wait is over. The album listens as one massive celebration, with the artists are revelling in fun as they do in their previous hits. They’re both happy and thankful, and they’ve released one hell of a feel good album.

Song after song, they brag about wealth, hedonism and relationships. The showing-off is even more blatant than in other rap. Nevertheless, they are creative with it, Thug blurting out, “Different color diamonds, I’m a peacock,” in track “Killed Before.”  “I made a lot of M’s right from sinning,” he says, nonchalantly. They’re doing what they want while becoming successful at the same time, which sounds like a dream situation. The album is also a celebration of the pair’s inner circles, and the people that support them.  “I can’t grieve, ’cause ain’t none of my grandma bills late,” raps Future about his family while keeping his friends close. Both rappers aren’t fully satisfied with what they have though. Young Thug croons, “This money turning me on.”

The rapping is both creative,and technically impressive. Future’s “uh oh” ad libs on “Feed Me Dope” are a joy to listen to. The energy is palpable on songs like “Three,” where both rappers go verse for verse with all the energy they have. There’s way too many lines to quote, but they effortlessly contort words to make them rhyme, all while keeping a good flow to their music. Their command of rhythm can’t be matched, with verses like, “I just got a Plain Jane Patek and it’s two-toned (Two, two!) / I dress up like it’s elastic (Yeah!) / 12 cartridge for these bastards (Yeah!) / Swiggy swaggy, I’m a devil (Yeah!),” (Young Thug) and “I’m tryna pop a wheelie in a Lamborghini, standin’ on two wheels,” (Future).

Despite this, they could have done so much more together. It often feels like they recorded their verses separately and then glued them over the production. They compliment each other but don’t go beyond the sum of the parts. Young Thug’s previous collaboration with Rich Homie Quan shows us what could have been. Overall, they’re too streamlined and conservative, and one can’t help but wish they would let loose with their creativity. They sound restrained compared to their usual sound.

The celebration and the joy that both rappers exhibit on the album is enough to make it a great project. Even when they’re not at their best, they’re still ridiculously enjoyable to listen to. They make rap that is entertaining and catchy, and despite the objections of some, very substantial by being positive, celebratory, and creative for its own sake.

 

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