Atlanta’s trap scene has become increasingly popular with the rise of artists like Future and Young Thug. The music itself has become synonymous by the amount of releases artist are outputting. A rapper may now release three or four mixtapes a year just to stay relevant.
“Slime Season 3” is the final installment of Young Thug’s Slime Season series with the other two releases coming just late last year. He announced the release of the mixtape at South by Southwest in Austin Texas with a full funeral proceeding that included pallbearers with matching suits carrying a casket with the mixtape’s name and the release date printed in red. Young Thug even went as far as including a accompanying marching band to his mixtape announcement.
Leading up to the release, the first track of the mixtape, “With Them” was also previewed back in February during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Show in Madison Square Garden. It features production by popular Atlanta producer Mike Will Made It, and it is a certified banger with its bouncy set of piano synths and trap drums.
Other songs on Slime Season 3 include the slowed down love track “Worth It,” dedicated to his fiancé, the trap anthem “Digits” with his frequent collaborating producer London on da Track, and the posse record “Slime Shit” which features Young Thug’s crew of “sound-alikes” Yak Gotti, Duke and Peewee Roscoe as the only features on the mixtape.
What makes Young Thug such an interesting artist is his unpredictability. His unique style and distinct whiny voice might be too much for some but his off the rail antics and dedication to his music is definitely admirable. Is his music meant to resonate? Will anyone even remember the seventh track of this release later this year? Probably not but Young Thug’s music is meant to be enjoyed as a lone experience for that moment in time.
Young Thug will continue to expand and experiment with his music as his official debut album continues to be anticipated. He might actually never release an official album, but at least his fans will always have constant releases of mixtapes.
Album: “Slime Season 3”
Artist: Young Thug
Label: 300 Entertainment
Release date: March 25, 2016