Liz Foster ’22
Bits & Pieces Editor
Young Thug’s original Slime Language earned the rapper the title of “rock star” from Exclaim! magazine following its 2018 release. The compilation album featured other big names from Thugger’s very own YSL Records including, but not limited to: Gunna, Lil Baby, and Lil Uzi Vert. Young Thug successfully became a monolith in the modern rap scene; his discography stretches over twenty projects with his career debut having been over ten years ago—a feature on rapper Cash Out’s track “I Got It.” Thugger, née Jeffrey Lamar Williams, slime-d and S.L.A.T.T.-ed his way to stardom—the latter is an acronym for “Slime Love All the Time.” Slime Language 2 is the rapper’s sophomore compilation and a mixed bag of bangers and borderline-garbage. To the right-hand side of this article, you can find a few highlights from the album.
1. “Came and Saw” (feat. Rowdy Rebel)
“Came and Saw” is raucous, letting Rowdy Rebel carry the track with his rambunctious flow. Thugger’s very own “Veni, Vidi, Vici” stands out among the twenty-three tracks that stretch Slime Language 2 into its lengthy hour and fifteen minutes. Young Thug is given one verse to dole out bars about his designer belts and expensive cars while also insulting a competitor’s private. How bold do you have to be to criticize a PJ?
2. “WokStar” (feat. Strick and Skepta)
I’m a sucker for a Skepta feature for inexplicable reasons. I’ve allowed my bizarre interest in the British rapper to cloud my judgment for a variety of songs. “Show Out” off of Kid Cudi’s latest LP, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, is unfortunately one of my favorites. “WokStar” similarly dragged me in with its flashy verse from Skepta. Strick hops on the track to praise the imprint of 300 Entertainment as an “elite” record label. The song’s title is a sneaky reference as it alters the spelling of “Wockhardt,” a combination of promethazine and codeine that forms the elusive lean that has been rocking the rap scene over the decade.
3. “Trance” (feat. Karlae and Yung Bleu)
This hard-hitting tune lets Karlae’s sweet and salty voice glide over a snare riddled production. She’s equal parts cocky and confident as she tells the listener how she “need[s] baguettis on [her] wrist.” Badazz Music Syndicate signee Yung Bleu takes over to brag about how he’s booked his lover an appointment for a “new ass and titties.” It’s a fun, car-ride worthy record that allows the two women to shine across the song.