Calvin Harris drops off a new soulful cut titled ‘Heatstroke’, which features Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and a show-stealing Young Thug (who has been killing his guest verses lately). Check it out below via Apple Music.
For his latest, DJ Snake teams up with Jeremih, Young Thug and Swizz Beatz for the mega-posse cut ‘The Half’…the track can be found on Snake’s latest release Encore.
New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project has announced their initial line-up for 2017, which will see Deadmau5 and Travis Scott as the main headliners. In addition, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Vince Staples, Zeds Dead, Lil Dicky, Thundercat and more will be joining in on the action.
Tickets (and additional information) are now available here. BUKU Music + Art Project takes place 10th to 11th March.
Today, Young Thug liberates a new visual for ‘Webbie’, which features Duke…if we’re not mistaken, it’s the first official visual to be lifted from Thugger’s latest album JEFFERY. The glossy clip comes courtesy of Garfield Larmond — the same guy who created Thug’s androgynous album cover.
Before the release of The Return Of East Atlanta Santa, Gucci Mane liberates a new track with protege Young Thug titled ‘I Told You’, which sees production from Mike WiLL Made-It and Zaytoven. Check it out above.
The Return Of East Atlanta Santa will be dropping next month; in related news, Gucci Mane has decided to create social media accounts for his jewelry…
Yeah bih I got me a page now!! Fuck wit my game!! I'm just laying back on this fur!! Ya hoes… https://t.co/QgvMg8QPB5
— St.Brick1017 (@StBrick1017) October 29, 2016
Wyclef Jean and Young Thug have really been building lately. Following Thugger’s ‘Kanye West’ (as well as other Jeffery track named after the former), The Fugees alum liberates another collaboration between the two titled ‘I Swear’, which is said to appear on his forthcoming EP J’ouvert. Check it out below.
Hip-Hop legend-turned-polarising activist/humanitarian/politician Wyclef Jean is back to working on music, with a new EP titled J’ouvert due to be released next month. He also has a single on the track with Young Thug titled ‘I Swear’, an obvious favour returned for Jean’s appearance on Thug’s latest release Jeffery (on the song ‘Kanye West’).
Recently, The Fugees emcee/producer/musician spoke to Pigeons & Planes on his homeland (which is currently reeling from the latest hurricane) and new music, as well as Carnival III, acting, Black Lives Matter and more. You can read the full feature in full here; a couple of excerpts are below:
[On Haiti’s current situation] When you live in these regions, you’re not going to avoid natural disasters. But somehow different islands are able to manage it in a way that they’re able to prepare for it through logistics, before it happens. The situation in Haiti, the whole southern coast—it’s sort of like the levee situation that happened in New Orleans. Very low-lying, there are cars floating, lots of destruction and the amount of deaths, they are not sure yet. [Ed. Note: It’s now estimated at over 1000.] The urgency right now is for shelter, wearables, and food and medicine. When you first met me, at the time  I felt like, “I can save the entire island!” Like, “I can take 15 million people and save ‘em.” But what I’ve found out since is, you have to be calm and figure out who’s already down there, like the UN, because the shit gotta get to the people. So we’re figuring it out.
[On linking up with Young Thug] My management gets the call and they’re like, “Yo, Jeffery’s trying to track you down, because there’s a track that he needs you on.” And he’s got everybody like, “Find Wyclef, find Wyclef.” So I go down to Atlanta, and the first thing he’s playing me is his mixtape. And he’s like, “You’re one of my greatest inspirations.” He shows me his tattoo, it says “Haiti.” He says, “Yo I named my daughter Haiti, my projects are named Haiti.”
Sometimes you don’t realize who you are affecting. But he’s from a project, I’m from a similar background. And he has a natural love for Haiti, understanding the history of Haiti. Haiti is the first black republic. He reminded me of a modern Tupac, in a sense—in a revolutionary sense. I mean that by, alright, you might see a thug, but his connection to history seemed similar to what Pac understood, of like, “This is who the Black Panthers are. Read this book, read that book.” This kid understands. I sent him the Ghosts of Cité Soleil documentary. He must have seen it like 10, 15 times. He is like a sponge when it comes to history. He likes to absorb a lot of information, and actually wants to learn.
Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo track ‘Famous’ has definitely made waves thanks to the now-infamous Taylor Swift line…now, it’s revealed that an earlier version of the track was even worse (or better, depending on your viewpoint).
Titled ‘Nina Chop’, this version features Young Thug (who was rapping his ass off, as you’ll hear) and saw ‘Ye switching with “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” to “I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex”. He then says the same about his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose in the following lines.
Check it out below. Judge if you must, but we actually dig this version off Thugger alone.
Today sees the release of Young Thug’s latest project No, My Name Is JEFFERY, which seems to have been getting more attention off its album cover than the music we’ve been hearing from Thugger thus far (which, to us, doesn’t make sense if you’re a fan of Andre 3000…but we digress).
The release sees 10 tracks and features from Wyclef Jean, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Quavo and Offset. There’s also an apparent theme with the track titles, which seem to pay homade to Thug’s peers, fellow celebrities and even Harambe the gorilla. During a visit to Travis Scott’s .wav, Thugger explained the meaning behind the album:
I just want to get off of the Slime Season shit because I never had a street mentality… I always had a Michael Jackson mentality… The message is to go back to who I really am. I really am Jeffery. That’s really my swag.
Stream No, My Name Is JEFFERY below (NOTE: UK listeners may not be able to as of yet).
A couple of new tracks from one of the hottest Hip-Hop stars of the moment: this past week saw Young Thug reveal that his forthcoming project Jeffery would be delayed for some questionable reason (he wasn’t happy with the artwork?)…in response, we now get to check out ‘Elton’, which features Wyclef and sees production from Wheezy and Cassius Jay, and ‘Bobby Womack’, which sees Thugger teaming back up with frequent collaborators T.I. and London On The Track. You can stream both below. UPDATE: We’ve added a clip from Young Thug’s appearance on Travis Scott’s .wav radio show (Beats 1), where the music was premiered.
SIDENOTE: When are we going to hear the full version of this?
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) August 14, 2016
Recently, Lyor Cohen was a guest on Elliott Wilson and B. Dot’s Rap Radar podcast, during which the topic of Young Thug (who is signed to Lyor’s 300 Entertainment) and his forthcoming project Jeffery was brought up. It was then that Lyor revealed that Thugger will also be changing his Rap moniker:
Young Thug is not going to be Young Thug anymore… His new name is going to be No, My Name Is Jeffery. No, My Name Is Jeffery. That’s his new name. And the reality is, when you see this commercial, you’re all going to understand what we do here at 300 because it’s powerful images of what makes someone Young Thug and the evolution and how someone is Jeffery. It’s a circular thing, it’s important…Utilize his name going forward because it’s important.
While we can’t question a legend such as Lyor Cohen, we are really confused as to why an artist would decide to name himself this at this point in his career (we’re aware that Jeffery is his real name, but ‘No, My Name Is Jeffery’ just seems random and unneccessary).
Anyways, you can listen that portion of the interview below; the full stream can be found here.