One of my favorite rappers, Young Thug, has made some headlines in his most recent releases. The Atlanta based rapper has released 2 new music videos in 2017 and his latest commercial mixtape, “JEFFERY”, is finally on vinyl! The two music videos for the tracks “Wyclef Jean” and his latest single “Safe” have both become extremely successful video representations of these great Young Thug tracks, but both have made headlines for completely different reasons.
Back in January, the release of the “Wyclef Jean” music video instantly became a trending topic. The song itself is fantastic, and “JEFFERY” is without a doubt my favorite mixtape in Thug’s discography, but how the video was filmed and the story behind it made this music video release so significant. Throughout the entire video, the director, or as he describes it “co-director”, Ryan Staake, includes notes about how the video was filmed. Apparently Young Thug had a ton of abstract and odd ideas for the music video, and some of these ideas did make it into the music video, but the major problem of the short film was that Young Thug never appeared in the music video. Despite stating that he wanted to be in multiple shots and co-direct the entire video with Ryan, he arrived to the shoot hours late, even though he had been contacted by the film staff and his label, and he never once got out of his car. However, even though Thug was extremely hard to work with, and essentially completely omitted from his own music video, the shots Ryan did get and his editing and commentary are extremely entertaining. In fact, I guarantee that even if the music video was filmed as originally planned, I would still enjoy this version more. It’s unfortunate that Young Thug was disrespectful to the people working on his own music video, but the final product from this unexpected turn of events has become truly iconic.
Young Thug’s latest music video, “Safe”, was released last Thursday, and unfortunately, it does not include a crazy back story like the one for “Wyclef Jean”. The shots throughout the film are very simple and aren’t really anything too memorable, but what is prominent is the song itself. “Safe” has yet to be released on any platform besides this music video on Youtube and serves as the first release of new music from Young Thug in 2017. The song itself has easily become my favorite track from Young Thug. The more material Thug releases, the more he truly discovers what his sound is. His voice and delivery in his tracks continues to keep getting better and extremely unique and distinct. Also, the quality of his beats continues to progress in a positive way, with each new release surpassing the other in quality of vocal performance and instrumental composition. “Safe” features more of a laid back, near ambient, electronic beat that perfectly fits Young Thug style. The captivating beat intertwines with Thug’s personal lyricism and delivery in a phenomenal way that I hope is present in the rest of Young Thug’s releases this year.
Finally, the extremely successful commercial mixtape, “JEFFERY”, is now available on vinyl for this first time ever! Before this release, only “Barter 6”, Thug’s 2015 mixtape, was the only release of his available on vinyl. “JEFFERY” has been pressed on standard vinyl, which can be purchased below, and on a Blue/White Marbled variant that appears to be completely sold out at the moment. If you collect vinyl as avidly as I do, “JEFFERY” is a record you absolutely have to pick up. Being one of the best Rap releases of 2016, “JEFFERY” is a must have for any fan of modern trap music. Copies are already selling fast so pick up a copy now!
When “Safe” is released on other platforms we’ll be sure to be the first ones to let you know! Also, stay tuned for any other release Young Thug has in store for 2017. We also have more reviews of recently released hip hop projects that are due out this week and next so don’t forget to check back in to see what albums and mixtapes we review next!