Everything U Gotta Hear: No, My Name Is Jeffery


Young Thug’s style is constantly mutating, on every tape he comes through at least a few times with a vocal delivery we've never heard before from him, along with an always rotating crew of producers. While fans lamented the lack of a purely Thugger & Londonondatrack tape, Thug has swiftly moved past this to attempt a record that openly displays who he is. This is clear at first by the track titles of the album, providing a list of thugs dearest influences, the people who make up Jeffery Williams, from Guwop to RiRi to the puzzling choice of Harambe.

"...it is an experiment into changing yet another facet of his artistry..."

The title of the track Future Swag seems to imply he draws inspiration from only Future’s style, not his content, anything but a Future clone, although Thug must see the irony that the song would have fitted in perfectly on Future's Monster.

Taking the gorilla namesake at face value, the song Harambe is the most aggressively delivered track on the record, and possibly his most to date, I personally can’t wait to hear more material in this area of Thug’s vocal performance.

Going back to the intro track, Wyclef Jean, it is a definite collision of Lyor Cohen's determination to try to make Thug a focused recording artist, versus Young Thug's method of basically freestyling every song until something sticks. While this produces a coherent chorus, and a refreshing sound on this song, Thug’s method has clearly produced his most pioneering songs throughout his career. When Lyor makes Thug slice the tapes down to less than 10 tracks, like SS3, Im Up, and this tape, the pioneering tracks are less likely to make the cut.

Moulding the abstract mix of styles and influences that Thug is, into what Lyor is looking for, seems to still be a mystery. However, the marketability honestly could be improved by rearranging parts of his tracks. Too often he finds flows in the later parts of the songs that he should have been playing with and developing on since the beginning of the track, like the track Floyd Mayweather.

Although it seems like Thugger isn’t changing his stage name permanently to (No, My Name Is) Jeffery, it is an experiment into changing yet another facet of his artistry, much like Prince had done in the 90s. It’s nice to see what makes up Young Thug, however it seems evident from the naming of the track Kanye West, previously called Pop Man, previously called Elton, even Jeffery isn't sure who makes up Jeffery.

4.5/5

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