Young Thug & Carnage – Young Martha (2017, YSL/Heavyweight)
On Young Martha, Young Thug and producer Carnage bring out the best in each other—embracing their respective idiosyncrasies with dynamic performances and lean-soaked instrumentals. Young Martha largely serves to expand Thug’s extensive range. In it, he stretches the reaches of his prolific palette, while at the same time, testing some new sonic ground. The elastic synths on “10,000 Slimes” see Thug adjusting the cadence of his staccato flow in real time, hitting vocal inflections that feel sporadic yet precise. Sonically, Young Martha is sheer ear-candy, but the writing draws from the same absurd wordplay Thug has adopted over the last five years. Carnage has relayed that Young Martha will be a series, much in the same vein of Thug’s Slime Season trilogy, culminating in a collaborative album. While not the most striking combination of songs in Thug’s repertoire, if Young Martha is any indication, it’s clear his track record is just winding up.
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