In a recent stateside appearance that I attended, Brainfeeder representative Lapalux unloaded a surprising array of jagged, percussive tracks that both surprised the crowd and reinforced his position as an innovator. The development wasn’t all that out of the blue as he had unloaded Tessela’s breakbeat laden “Hackney Parrot” at another performance several months before, but for most the crowd, the jungle-derived selection was a far cry from the beatific harmonies on his debut album Nostalchic. Last night though, Lapalux uploaded a vowel-less remix of Young Thug’s breakout “Danny Glover”, drawing 808 Mafia’s misanthropic melody into something far more affecting and bereft of melodrama. It’s a heartstring tugging rendition, representing his erudite focus on what makes R&B and hip hop dominant forms of American culture.
With 1017 Thug as the platform and “Danny Glover” and “Stoner” (which is being pushed by Atlantic) as the statements, Young Thug has quickly become the most fascinating man in rap. We all want to know who Young Thug is these days. Anyways, his latest cut features associate Slug (aka Lil Tick) and some triumphant horns at the hands of Starter. “Bossy” doesn’t have the indomitable hook of Thug’s past hits, but no one is touching him as far as reconstructing the art of flow goes.