Young Thug is one of the most prolific artists of our time. His relentless work ethic from 2012-2015 propelled him to the front of his class as he effectively ran laps around both his peers and his mentors. However, after the crippling hard-drive dump that stalled Thug’s rising stock in 2015, Thug had to regroup with his camp in order to make sure such a massive leak would never again be possible. The following two years saw a new, more refined Thugger – Jeffrey as it were – where the emphasis was entirely on his increasingly sparse projects, and less on his tendencies to be a renegade.
Unfortunately, 2018 has already seen more Young Thug leaks than the past two years combined; the silver lining here is that a majority of these tracks are clearly old, meant to gather dust in his unfathomably expansive vault. As Thug preps Slime Language, the YSL compilation album that may be dropping this week, the 28 leaks listed below should do more than satiate your hunger for some new Thugger. Consider this list for cataloguing purposes, we’ll leave it up to you to hunt for these rare gems. Good luck.
“I think my idol is a hater.” Rumored to be a scrapped Lil Wayne diss circa-2015 (Wayne is the only person Thug has ever referred to as his “idol”), this leak, produced by London on Da Track, sees Thug toying with an ostensibly anonymous target over an ominous beat that, at its climax, devolves into a demented build up of guitars, bird calls, and heavy metal inspired vocals. This is the epitome of belittling your opponent; not a real diss but a warning shot that was thankfully never necessary. At one point he even screeches that he’ll “Rick Ross y’all”– take that as you may.
“Yes Indeed (Big Ol’ Blood)”
There’s an old snippet of this song where a blonde-haired, septum-pierced Thugger is casually delivering a triple time sixteen in under 22 seconds. Once one of Young Thug’s most anticipated snippets ever, “Yes Indeed” makes a strong case for 2015 being Thug’s peak. Nowadays he’s more straightforward, more readily digestible, but back then? Thugger was a true enigma. This track features some of his most deadly flows and is further proof that London On Da Track is his consummate producer.
“Give You More”
A Rich Gang era leak jam-packed with all the cartoonish tics that originally made him a one-of-one talent. It’s hard to overstate just how sublime Thug’s melodies were during his formative years; “Give You More” serves as a quick crash course for the uninitiated
Not to be confused with “Myself” or “Do it By Myself,” this is a relatively unknown leak produced by 808 Mafia. Although it’s fleeting, this is a brief glimpse at Slime Season meets Jeffrey, his old tricks being upgraded with a brand new sheen.
“Family Don’t Matter (OG)”
We’re not sure how Thug found Millie Go Lightly, but this demo version of the intro to Beautiful Thugger Girls makes a great case for her talents. Millie elevates this admittedly solid reference track to a whole new level, allowing Thug to set the tone for the numerous pop ballads to follow.
“Say My Name (feat. Dae Dae)”
We’re not entirely sure if this is a leak, but it can’t be found on any major streaming platforms. Thug’s opening passage sports a whiplash flow that would make it the best verse on any other song. But, because it’s Thugger, it’s the second verse on here that brings the house down. It’s Thug at his very best – undeniably dexterous wordplay and an inimitable flow that begs to be marveled.
It’s crazy to see how much Young Thug’s use of auto-tune has developed since the days of “Eww.” At times, the effect is pointed, purposefully contorting his vocals into something robotic and alien-like. But when it’s used like it is on “Ooou,” it merely adds a lush texture to his already pitch-perfect vocals. This leak – probably recorded sometime during 2017 – is a soaring ballad, full of lustful declarations of love, affectionate endearments that paint him as one of the most romantic writers in rap (“I wanted to fuck you on the bleachers when we were in school/A n**** been dream, dream, dreamin’ on fuckin’ on you”). It also makes yet another case for London and Thug’s undeniable compatibility.
“Another Planet (feat. While both Lil Baby and Rylo hold their own on this elusively catchy joint, it’s Thugger’s shapeshifting vocals that ultimately bring the track full circle.
“Showed You OG (feat. Future)”
This is the OG version of the track that eventually found a home on DJ Esco’s Kolorblind, complete with an updated beat and features from A rough version of this leak, comprised of various snippets, has been floating around for a few years now. However, it’s a blessing to finally hear this incessantly teased joint in all its glory (“225 for the Stingray, that’s if you know biology” is one of Thug’s best aquatic-life themed boasts to date).
“The World (I Know)”
Occasionally, Thug slips into a trance and channels the essence of peak Lil Wayne, updating and refining the stylistic tics of his idol for the present day. “I know the world against me,” he croons, until “against me” starts sounding like “gimmick.” It’s an indictment on the fake, the phony, the fraud – amidst a world of copycats and biters, Thug feels like he’s the only true heir to the rap throne left vacant by Wayne’s premature departure.
“Fire Drill” is a prime example of just how easily Thug conjures up then subsequently discards potential hits. Never self-serious, Thug’s playful nature has always been one of his greatest assets.