Future & Young Thug, Super Slimey | Album Review
Atlanta rappers Future and Young Thug join forces for a surprise mixtape, ‘Super Slimey.’ Though it’s not groundbreaking, there’s plenty of worthwhile bangers.
Future has been everywhere in 2017. It’s safe to say, he stays on his grind. Speaking of the grind, Young Thug hasn’t done too shabby himself. He released a new album and appeared a collaborator on a number of songs. With both rappers hailing from Atlanta, it only makes sense that they release a collaborative project, right? Hence, mixtape Super Slimey comes out of nowhere. Ultimately, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into – if you’re a fan of trap and these particular, unique rappers.
“No Cap” kicks off Super Slimey with incredible energy. Future takes first blood, and he’s turned up to the nth degree. The ever-distinct Young Thug matches his intensity, in all his idiosyncratic glory. Young Thug takes the reins on “Three,” another high-energy, ferocious joint. Like “No Cap,” it’s short and sweet, backed by malicious production work. After Thug does work initially, Future joins in, still ‘going at it hard.’ Two tracks in, the duo doesn’t bring much new to the table, but the flex-fest is undeniable.
“All da Smoke” is the first song that crosses the three-minute mark. Following an intro by Young Thug, in his signature, whiny falsetto, Future serves up the first verse. Expectedly, the wild vocals of Thugger carry into his verse, which is certainly distinct. On “200,” Thugger delivers the chorus, specifying exactly what he has ‘200’ of.
“I got at least 200 hoes / Fresh to death, and I leave my car and then I doze / Up and down and you ain’t receive nothin’ but this dough / And these hundreds ain’t goin’ nowhere like a mole.”
All in all, it’s more of the same – flex, flex, and more flex.
The turn up continues on “Cruise Ship,” sporting sick trap production. Future doesn’t appear on this one – it’s all Young Thug. Both are in action on standout “Patek Water,” featuring Offset. The hook, comprised of Future mostly, is golden:
“Ayy, what kinda water is that? It’s Patek water / Ayy, what kinda shooters is them? Just place ya order / Ayy, what kind whip is that? It came imported / Fool you rockin’ LeBron’s set, 40 pointers.”
Young Thug takes the first verse, with Offset providing a lift on the second.
Future takes a solo spot on “Feed Me Dope,” which is respectable but ultimately, familiar. The trap beat goes hard as ever – trunk-rattling by all means. Young Thug returns on “Drip on Me,” though merely for the second verse. This remains a Future-dominated joint, with a signature, coarse hook, followed by a verse that checks off the boxes associated with the rapper. Thug exhibits an agile flow, even if his rhymes are sometimes a hair indecipherable given his tone.
“Real Love” retains the dark tilt of Super Slimey as a whole, but it also has a more romantic vibe at the same time. This record is a bit eccentric, particularly with Young Thug leading the charge, but there’s a charm – definitely a vibe. Perhaps catchy is the best way to characterize the hook, but like the record as a whole, there’s a charm.
“All this fake love got me damaged / I can’t take it, I just popped another Xanny / I’m f*ckin’ on your b*tch when I land in the States from another planet / Fly as a bitch when I make mistakes, and I don’t plan it, yeah.”
Future remains true to self on the second verse. He doesn’t say anything game changing, but he rides the beat well.
Future rides solo on “4 da Gang,” which sounds as predictable as expected. It’s not bad, but there’s been ample material from the MC in 2017 (FUTURE and HNDRXX), so it would take something monumental to truly wow at this point. “Tit for tat” as Young Thug rides solo on the lush “Killed Before.” The urban contemporary production work – namely the soulful guitar – is a selling point. Also, his melodic nature works out okay here. Still, it’s very much an acquired taste.
Combined forces return on penultimate joint “Mink Flow” which is sleekly produced, if a bit unsettled in its overall sound. Regardless, there’s an appeal, given the idiosyncrasies of rappers and the backdrop itself. “Group Home,” the lengthiest record, concludes the 40-minute tape. Future’s vocals sound particularly odd here. The timbre of his pipes is coarse, raspy, and weathered. It’s a contrast to the sharp pipes of Young Thug.
After a couple of listens, Super Slimey made more sense, personally. Initially, this tape came off as just, eh, whatever. It has its moments, with Future and Young Thug concocting magic together. But, there’s nothing here that changes the face of the rap game. It’s good for some bangers from two of rap’s most idiosyncratic voices.
Gems: “No Cap,” “All da Smoke,” “Patek Water,” “Feed Me Dope” & “Real Love”
Future & Young Thug • Super Slimey • Epic • Release: 10.20.17
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