Young Thug Zeugma's "Discover Thugger!" Thread : TOP 50 THUG SONGS; 50-41 NOW

Started by Zeugma, May 28, 2022, in Young Thug Add to Reading List

  1. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    May 28, 2022
    Hello SXN80,

    Haven't posted in a while... Like some of you gentlemen (@LasiK) I've been a huge fan of Young Thug's leaked hidden gems, collecting the finest tracks and collabs that were never released, making fan compilations and all. While we all scream daily FREE YSL!!!, I'll post here quite regularly some of these (and also some very known ones of course), hoping to make some of you new fans of the genius, bizarre Young Thug, who was, in his 2014-2017 days, one of the best rappers/singers to ever brace the surface of this planet.

    I'll start with collabs he made with the great RICH HOMIE QUAN. Of course Lifestyle and Flava are incredible, but the duo recorded so much more heat...
    For instance, this great remix of Wayne's Grindin that surfaced online yesterday!!!!!!!



    There's also the absolute b-----r "Aye" that I would describe in thousands of words if I were more fluent in english...



    Third and last one for today: the perfect (perhaps more known) "Color Purple"...



    Enjoy, discuss, and see you very soon for more Thug masterpieces.


    FREE YSL
     
    Jul 5, 2022
  2. Skuxgod Is An Awesome God
    Posts: 6,620
    Likes: 11,548
    Joined: Jul 5, 2016

    May 28, 2022
    Heatt
     
    #2
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Zeugma like this.
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Zeugma like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  3. DKC
    Posts: 22,663
    Likes: 78,748
    Joined: Nov 23, 2014

    DKC admin of SXN80, notorious marxist messageboard

    May 28, 2022
    If I recall correctly Thug was spotted to be featured on the OG CV version of grindin, this verse musta been it
     
    #3
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Lil Squeed and Zeugma like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Lil Squeed and Zeugma like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  4. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    May 29, 2022
    oh I had no idea! (I just downloaded a Wayne x Thug edit, without Drake or Quan, it slaps)


    Let's go with three other RHQ x Thugga great collabs! Their chemistry is definitely unmatched...

    First, a calm and beautiful one produced by London, featuring Birdman adlibs in the spirit of Tha Tour (was probably scrapped off it for some reason): "Up Up & Away"!


    The SabSad Edit of "Schedule" that features Rich Homie Quan deserves to be mentioned too... Great song!


    Was gonna put the generously mixed "Pull Up" in third place, but it's so known that I'll go with the huge "Woke Up" produced by Metro Boomin & 808 Mafia... :sweatt:



    See you tomorrow for Quan-less Thug masterpieces!

    FREE YSL
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2022
    #4
    2
    Ordinary Joel and DKC like this.
    2
    Ordinary Joel and DKC like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  5. M.I.C.
    Posts: 2,574
    Likes: 5,019
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    May 29, 2022
    Thug and RHQ are the best duo in the history of music and im not exaggerating and it’s not close
     
    Jul 5, 2022
  6. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    May 29, 2022
    Let's start something else!

    ***
    A VERY PERSONAL TOP 50 YOUNG THUG SONGS
    ***

    First I'll state what's obvious for any Thug fan: it's hard to make a top 50 Young Thug songs.
    Really hard. Like, impossible.
    I would be frustrated making a top 200, cause even that would mean cutting dozens of tracks I love.

    So how to choose from here? How to rank? Well, these are the 100% arbitrary, questionable rules I made for myself:





    • 2. Unfinished songs like "Ring", "Been Gettin Racks" or "Scoop" had to be left out even if they're absolutely great



    • 3. I tried to include as few features as possible (final list: 44 solo songs and 6 collabs I think). Goodbye "Don't Know", "Anybody", "Imma Ride", "Flava", "Homie"...



    • 4. No RHQ/Thug song (the duo did too many classics, makes it impossible to do this kind of list; hence why I began the thread with them. here are two more: )



    • 5. It's ok to leave perfect songs out for no reason, even "Memo" or "Numbers", they won't feel sad or anything, it's just for a sxn80 thread



    • 6. I can have some kind of "honorable mentions" before the top 50 to cheat a little. I can even put a lot of songs during this preliminary list of rules to cheat even more. (So the top 50 is a top 100 in disguise really)



    • 7. Ranking order could change tomorrow and doesn't really matter



    hope you'll enjoy the ride

    TOP 50 STARTING SOON
    FREE YSL
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2022
    Jul 5, 2022
  7. M.I.C.
    Posts: 2,574
    Likes: 5,019
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    May 29, 2022
    Pull Up so underrated
     
    #7
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Zeugma like this.
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Zeugma like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  8. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    May 30, 2022
    Pull Up gives me goosebumps everytime. I particulary love the version with a mixtape-ish, very generous mixing
     
    #8
    2
    Ordinary Joel and M.I.C. like this.
    2
    Ordinary Joel and M.I.C. like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  9. M.I.C.
    Posts: 2,574
    Likes: 5,019
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    May 30, 2022
    that’s the version i always listen to, prefer it to the album one, it must have leaked before the album because that was the version i always had before the album dropped
     
    #9
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  10. joeyp363
    Posts: 15,092
    Likes: 23,697
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    May 30, 2022
    Some absolute garbage in this thread
     
    #10
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  11. albumdrill
    Posts: 215
    Likes: 380
    Joined: Oct 5, 2018

    May 30, 2022
    This isn't the Eminem thread.
     
    #11
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Lil Squeed and DKC like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Lil Squeed and DKC like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  12. mow
    Posts: 9,161
    Likes: 16,150
    Joined: Mar 31, 2015

    mow long live flippa

    May 31, 2022
     
    #12
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  13. DKC
    Posts: 22,663
    Likes: 78,748
    Joined: Nov 23, 2014

    DKC admin of SXN80, notorious marxist messageboard

    May 31, 2022
    @Zeugma are you leaving killed before off a top 50 thug list? :emoji_sob:
     
    #13
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Zeugma and LasiK like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Zeugma and LasiK like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  14. DKC
    Posts: 22,663
    Likes: 78,748
    Joined: Nov 23, 2014

    DKC admin of SXN80, notorious marxist messageboard

    May 31, 2022
    always wish he finished this one (I swwwwwwwwwear it leaked before 2020 but the pandemic ruined my perception of time so who knows)
     
    Jul 5, 2022
  15. LasiK
    Posts: 2,116
    Likes: 4,921
    Joined: Mar 13, 2011

    LasiK RETIRED

    May 31, 2022
    fr one of my favourite thug songs.

    fun fact: the guitar on Killed Before is a Splice loop.

    2018 based on the leak tracker
     
    #15
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Zeugma and DKC like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, Zeugma and DKC like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  16. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    May 31, 2022
    ha other omissions on my humble list might sadden you too... this is too hard man! I had to sacrifice some, even randomly like I said, to put emphasis or some... more underrated songs maybe? Putting Killed Before and 2 Cups Stuffed in the OP helped me coping

    (((right now i'm trying to write a little something for each of "15 breathtaking leaks worth mentioning before entering the top 50", but writing "well" in english isn't so easy for me, it takes some time. coming v. soon though)))
     
    #16
    3
    Ordinary Joel, M.I.C. and DKC like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, M.I.C. and DKC like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  17. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    Jun 1, 2022
    ***
    15 breathtaking leaks that could have made the final list
    ***



    15. Patek

    Hesitated between "Plays out a Bentley", "Hoe Tendencies", "Give You More", this and other tracks, but despite an unfinished mixing, Patek is a true classic Thugger song. I was trying to quote parts of first, then second verse, but every part just grooves, every flow works ; does Thug sing? does he rap? is this a verse, is that a bridge? well that was never really how Young Thug "constructs" his songs, and that's part of what makes them so mesmerizing.


    14. Streets (feat. T.I.)

    Waited like the Christ by some (the snippet was known as "Beast Mode"), Streets finally leaked a few days ago. First thing you notice when hitting play, of course, is the beautiful London beat. And when Thug starts his "bridge" thing ("b---- I do my thing give me my credit on my debit
    I wanna see spaghetti if you run around being petty") no mistakes can be made: this is that classic 2014 Thug sound.

    13. Best Thing Of All Time

    "You should try to taaaaaaalk to me." is just the first of dozens of lines that may get stuck in your head for days. Particularly love how he makes the crescendo works at the beginning of the first verse.

    12. Doing it Big

    A Wheezy beat again! Nothing special about that beat though, Thug does everything. With a raspy voice, he raps:
    "b----, I got green like a lobster
    f--- all these hoes like a pornstar
    My momma she said I'm a born star
    We got that stuff white like a corn starch
    I tatted my body like king toes
    We let that s--- fly like flamingos
    That b---- done lucked up like a bingo
    I think that I'm Future, the peacoat"

    He's doing this s--- for sure.

    11. Proud Of Me

    There aren't many Young Thug that catch you by the sample used - it's the case here! You don't really expect that 90s eurodance sound for a Thug song, but it works perfecty (2014 Thug basically never missed). "Please free La Flare ! I know he's gonna be proud of me."

    10. Homicide When We Ride

    Now we enter less catchy, bizarre, lowkey "fragile" Thug territory, that doesn't hesitate to break a momentum to create another one. Switching voices (you can hear that 2016 "Harambe" voice), stretching vowels, he never loses the listener.

    9. Perc

    We should have gotten that SouthsideThuggin album back in 2017. It's a whole style, it's an instantly recognizable color. It's cold. It's crisp. Thug raps with a high-pitched, very well-mixed voice. Precise flows HIT. Would have been a pure rap album, and it was, in my opinion, Thug's last artistic peak. Tracks leaked here and there though, b-----r, b-----r, b-----r; everyone made his fanmade album. "Perc" is just one of those. Pop me a perc... Pour up some purp... There are also "Mutha f--ka", "Ok", "Penthouse", "Ha ha"... And then some that couldn't be left out of my top 50 list... They're all great! Thank you mister Williams. Hope you will soon be free.

    8. 10 Years (feat. Future)

    Here goes my first really unpopular Young Thug opinion I think: "10 Years" is the best Future/Thug collab. yeah it's simple, it's humble, laid back, but it just works, it slaps; there's a real chemistry that, quite frankly, is often absent from their collaborations, and I just can't get enough of it. I love the beat, I love their flows, I'll listen to it till the day I die.

    7. Die For You

    Thug is hip-hop; what else? He draws from rock, from r&b, from blues, from jazz even. So everytime he visits, he's given an enthusiastic welcome by the people of guitars.

    6. Ain't Rocking Gold (feat. Playboi Carti)

    A very, very good 2019 leak. Thug delivers a CLASSIC hook over a beautiful, addictive London beat... Would have loved a verse and Carti's isn't very good, but it's still magical.

    5. f----- Up

    I admit, I don't really know how to talk about that song. It's some serious s---. Thug talks, sincerely, pours his heart out, and now he's rapping very fast -when did he start rapping? He's singing at the top of his lungs now, and then attacks the second verse. "I'd rather be a rose than a rat any day!" It's raw, it's catchy, and it's one of the best Thug leaks.

    4. 420

    Back to that 2014, classic Thug/London sound, with these "ayyyyye" adlibs. Thug doesn't need a hook. It's kinda unfinished and ends abruptly (couldn't Rich Homie Quan record a final verse to this?) so I left it out the final list, but I'll never have enough of these.

    3. Ha ha

    Over a menacing Southside beat, 2017 Thug displays just how good a songmaker he is. Incredible track. Oh, and that little trembling thing he does when singing "overseeeeas on a boat eating crepes", that he loved doing during these southside sessions... So catchy, d---!

    2. Cloud 9

    A very famous, old school leak. Recorded in 2014 over a London beat that kinda sounds like Dre's "Gone" featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Cloud 9" has Autotune Thug with full powers.

    1. Paper Terminator

    Another 2019 leak (there were so many); another "perfect mess" of a song, another example of how effective Thug's "automatic" writing is when he's inspired.



    Alright alright! Lots of songs in this thread already, I'm glad... Hope that will start some discussion about these gems, maybe y'all disagree with some of my takes? Top 50 starts soon anyway!
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2022
    #17
    3
    Ordinary Joel, DKC and Lil Squeed like this.
    3
    Ordinary Joel, DKC and Lil Squeed like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  18. Slyk
    Posts: 7,870
    Likes: 27,805
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011
    Location: Detroit -> Cali

    Slyk God made a prophet.

    Jun 3, 2022
    stop spamming eminem threads and post here instead.
     
    #18
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Kevin like this.
    2
    Ordinary Joel and Kevin like this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  19. Kevin
    Posts: 4,468
    Likes: 4,955
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    Kevin The Reverse Apache Master

    Jun 5, 2022
    [​IMG]
     
    #19
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    1
    Ordinary Joel likes this.
    Jul 5, 2022
  20. Zeugma
    Posts: 2,682
    Likes: 4,438
    Joined: Nov 24, 2014

    Zeugma thugger thugger my brother

    Jun 7, 2022
    Very busy IRL these days, but I got half an hour finally - let's go! sorry for how short the little descriptions are, will try to make the next ones longer

    50. Blue Emerald
    Thug has only put out a handful of truly great tracks since 2017's BTG - Blue Emerald is one of them. The song is labeled "Rich g---" - has that woken something up in Thug's inspiration? These glorious little "whew"/"yee" adlibs in the intro seem to say so. On an infectious T-Minus beat, Thug delivers a classic chorus. Verses are pretty great too, but quite symptomatic of recent Thug's attempts at simplifying his flows - it's a little repetitive (for Thug, of course) yet so effective.


    49. Abrakadabra
    On a great instrumental that kinda sounds like a 2009 Daft Punk simplistic draft, '14 Thug takes his time to build the crescendo. No hook. Would have been a great intro track!


    48. Ecstasy (OG)
    Without MGK's verse of course.
    Sometimes Thug must feel like... the beat doesn't quite work yet? and just finishes it with text and adlibs (famous example is Jeffery's Kanye West of course)- it's the case here, and it just slaps. What a hook. In the direct spirit of the 2017 Southside sessions, Thug doesn't hold back; high-pitched, rapid flows hit and don't stop. Is "I'm in the back with the killers, don't try that / My n----s gon' take all your mud, yeah" used for the RICO charges? Just free Young Thug!


    47. Smash
    Sometimes I think about Mystikal - he had the groovy flows; a raw, sometimes almost ODB-esque freedom; the pop-appeal... What's happened since Mystikal to let such a weird creature see the light of the mic? Lil Wayne, probably? From 2014 to 2017, Young Thug was pretty much unpredictable and d--- catchy at the same time; raw and polished; cold and emotionfull; etc. "Smash" is just another one of those genius, London-produced leaks



    46. Big Dripper (feat. UnoTheActivist)
    This one's interesting. Recorded in 2019, "Big Dripper" features a beautiful beat, and overrall a strange, melancholic atmosphere that the subpar UnoTheActivist verse doesn't manage to dissipate. It's a very nice exemple of recent Thug stepping aside more and more to let the beat breathe (which works with a nice production like here); he doesn't stand out anymore, he blends in.


    45. Harambe
    What can I say? Thug's vocal range is exceptional, and he proves it once more by emulating Louis Armstrong (of course one can also think of Screamin' Jay Hawkins or recent Tom Waits) on that classic song with a weird title.


    ]

    44. Money (The Root)
    A calm and soothing one! "Money is the root of all evil", Young Thug quietly sings. "I came out the dirt / I ain't never seen a church / I ain't have the patience to serve - work (So what?) / I'd rather get a mask and go lay and lurk". Oh, and "motherfuck the judge".


    43. Again (feat. Gucci Mane)
    Classic bop! London samples Gucci Mane's verse from Trap House 4's intro. Classic beat, classic hook, classic verse. I love little details here, like how Thug snaps out of his repetitive flow by simply breaking the word "narcotics" in half.


    42. Daddy's Birthday
    I like "Feel It", I love "For Y'all", but Daddy's Birthday is the definitive BTG song. The song he's tried to remake during the whole not-very-good "Punk" album. I think I read somewhere that Elton John recently told Young Thug to rap less and to sing more- he just sings less interesting melodies now.


    41. Speed Racer
    Metro Boomin and 2014/2015 Young Thug really were a match made in heaven. Not a top 5 Young Thug/Metro Boomin song, and still a top 50 Thug song. It's weird, it's raw; it's dark, it's pop, it disperses in all directions, and yet it's perfect.



    40-31 coming soon!
     
    Jul 5, 2022