It’s settled; hip hop belongs to Atlanta right now.
Young Thug and Future shocked the music world last week, when they dropped their collab mixtape. There had been speculation brewing in the weeks, stemming from both Thug and Future posting pictures on Instagram of them two working together, and they certainly lived up to the hype with this one.
The mixtape contains 13 tracks, with the solo feature coming from Offset. It contains production from Wheezy, London on da Track, Southside and Mike Will Made It.
1. No Cap (produced by Southside and Max Lord)
This tracks sets the tone for the mixtape perfectly. Future starts the song perfectly, boasting boldly over the hard-hitting beat. Young Thug takes over from Future, and manipulates the beat with his various flows and voice pitches. The rappers go back and forth over the beat; it almost sounded like they were competing to see who could go harder on the beat. A very solid opening song.
2. Three (produced by 808 Mafia)
Young Thug starts the song this time, and probably better than Future did in No Cap. In fact, he actually spun Future on this track. It’s like the beat was perfectly constructed for Young Thug; his vocals fit perfectly with it, and he could again utilise his various unique flows. Future came into the song well, but his verse faded out and turned out to be quite weak in the end. A decent song, but it felt like too much of a filler.
3. All da Smoke (produced by Richie Souf)
One of the best songs on the tape. The smoothness of the beat plus the bars sprayed by both individuals equals this song being a total banger. Both artists go in so hard on this track, but Future flexed harder than ever before. He lets us know how he has Cartier everything, even socks; Cartier don’t even make socks. This song really showed the cohesion between the two artists, especially at the end, where their voices intertwine as they both sing the hook. A banger.
4. 200 (produced by Wheezy and Tre Pounds)
This song is so easy on the ear. In the track, both artists boast about their riches and their excessive catalogue of women, backed up by a slow beat. Future really creates an image with his verse, whilst Young Thug, as usual, provided a solid hook, and an even better verse. A good song.
5. Cruise Ship (produced by BLSSD and Chef)
Young Thug stars alone on this track, but this still stands out as one of the tracks of the mixtape. This track showed him at his best; again rapping about his abundance of women and jewellery, whilst flowing relentlessly over this rapid beat. Thugga at his best.
6. Patek Water (feat. Offset) (produced by 808 Mafia)
Despite the hype surrounding this song, it’s really not all that great. Without Offset’s feature, it would probably be one of the worst songs on the tape, to be honest. The beat deserved so much more from Young Thug and Future, with them providing average verses and hooks respectively. However, Offset’s verse saves this song from being skipped. He truly had fun with the beat here, and kept up his record of providing world class verses on features in 2017. Average, but thank you Offset.
7. Feed Me Dope (produced by Will-A-Fool)
Future stars alone here, and to good measure too. There are certain beats that are specifically manufactured for Future, and this song has one of those beats. The song has such a dark sound and vibe to it, but as usual, Future fails to disappoint. An impressive tune.
8. Drip on Me (produced by Wheezy)
This song was the first time I heard Future Hendrix on this tape. The Future Hendrix that provided classics such as Codeine Crazy. This song showed a more emotive Future, but Young Thug disappointed. The track may aswell have just been another solo Future track, but Thug redeems himself later in the mixtape. Could be better.
9. Real Love (produced by Fuse)
Thug redeems himself immediately. This was the first time he showed emotion, as he belts out the hook about how ‘all this fake love got me damaged’. Could this song be about Jerrika Karlae? The song is actually quite sad when you actually listen to the lyrics, especially with the soft beat. Future’s verse is interesting, as he goes from flexing on everyone, to sounding quite sad and remorseful about a particular woman. One of the better songs of the tape.
10. 4 da Gang (produced by Fuse)
One of the best songs on the tape, as Future pledges allegiance to his friends and brothers. This is Future at his best; on his own, painting a picture of the pain he has gone through, and his use of money and drugs to suppress this pain. This song is allegedly meant to be a dedication to his late engineer, Seth Firkins. I’m sure Seth Firkins is looking down at him with pride, because Future really spoke the realness here.
11. Killed Before (produced by London on da Track)
This song could’ve been on Young Thug’s last album, Beautiful Thugger Girls. It goes so well with the alternative sound that he had on that album, as this song has a real country vibe to it. This song is so consistent with his self-proclaimed title of ‘Thugger Jackson’. He really expresses himself on the track, and stretches his vocal range to an insane length. This is the exact song that Young Thug fans would LOVE, but at the same time, his haters would slaughter. A great song, showing Thug at his best.
12. Mink Flow (produced by Mike Will Made it and Pluss)
Best song on the tape. Again, we hear Thug and those unique vocals on the hook, but special attention should be paid to Future’s verse. He really let out his heart here. He was going so hard on the beat, that he even proclaims he needs to ‘give this b**** a minute to breathe’. This was probably one of, if not, his best verse on the tape, and Thug also impresses. Standout song, and for good reason (produced by Fuse and TM88)
Of all the songs that they produced for this mixtape, and also songs that didn’t make the cut, they could’ve chosen a better ending song for the tape. The song is good, but not good enough to close the tape. Future sounded like he had aged about 60 years on the track, and this unfortunately set the tone for an average track. A disappointing end to an otherwise good tape.