Slime Season 3: Track by Track Review
Rating : 3.5/5
Young Thug finally blessed his fans with the highly anticipated sequel to his Slime Season dynasty: Slime Season 3. Toying with a release date for months, even prompting fans to rename the mixtape for him before it dropped, he finally shared the eight track final product on Friday, March 25th. Thug has been a musical powerhouse over the last few months, seamlessly putting out project after project. However, Slime Season 3 isn’t what we typically see from him. He maintains his signature style, moaning and whining over hard beats, but SS3 has an additional, much weirder component. The overlying feel is a bit deranged; the bloody cover art, creepy carnival-esque beats, and a new lyricism we’ve never seen from him before. Which begs the question: can we ever expect anything consistent from Young Thug?
"With Them" is a genius introduction to the project. As soon as you hear the beat, and the familiar “Mike Will Made It” signature preceding the verses, excitement begins to build in anticipation of an epic track. And Young Thug does not disappoint. Even the first line: “She suck on that dick on a flight so I just call her airhead” undeniably goes hard. He somehow manages to flow all over this beat while maintaining his aggressive, abrupt style and lyricism.
This track follows up “With Them” very nicely. It’s your basic brag rap with a unique Thugger twist. The spooky, somewhat deranged theme of the tape becomes more apparent in this track. It parallels Travis Scott’s creepy hype style, but with London on Da Track on the beat, it has a familiar sound with Thug’s crooning autotune. He even shouted out to the most recent Atlanta artist fallen victim to the violence of Hip Hop culture, Bankroll Fresh, stating “My big bro Bankroll told me I was gon’ be the shit.”
It’s evident from this song that Thug has experienced an evolution in his lyricism. He drops his usual indeterminate moaning for the majority of this track and delivers crystal clear vocals. He continues to reiterate eerie themes in the graphic wordplay off this track: “Make me, make me bleed I swear to God, leave a n***a drippin’.”
The only track off of the mixtape with features, “Slime Shit” pays homage to Thug’s brand, YSL, personally and professionally. He discusses his lifestyle in the streets with help from ATL natives Yak Gotti, Duke, and PeeWee Roscoe (who was just sentenced to jail for shooting up Lil Wayne’s tour bus last year).
Another undeniable banger off the tape, Young Thug comes in hard on another London on Da Track beat. He pioneers a more motivational message here; insinuating that life is fleeting, and if you die you make way for another. In the meantime, stack that paper. Thug stated on Twitter that this song is unfinished, and will feature a verse from Meek Mill.
Continuing to surprise his audience, Young Thug croons emotionally over this track about a ride or die chick. One can only assume he’s talking about Jerrika Karlae, his long time bae. The gentle lyricism here reveals a softer side of Thug we rarely see.
Thug seems to be continuing to reference Karlae in this track. His overlying message is that he fears no one because “his bitch has piercings and tattoos.” Arguably the least interesting song from the mixtape, Young Thug probably could’ve stood to leave this one out.
"Problem" is the perfect ending to this project. The beat has more of a typical Atlanta trap feel, with hard hitting bells and drops. The evidence of his lyrical evolution has never been clearer. He seems to even reference this in the song, stating: “I feel like Marilyn Manson and I want a fucking grammy.” Though many artists, especially in rap tend to compare themselves to Manson, the parallel seems to fit none as well as Young Thug. He’s a musical misfit who prides himself on shock value, betraying the classic conception of rap.
At this point, even Young Thug’s haters have to admit he’s doing something right. He’s garnered a massive audience, teamed up with powerful producers, and is pioneering Atlanta rap into an entirely new and ambiguous direction. Slime Season 3 is a testament to this, and while not every song is a hit, it will undoubtedly be on repeat by fans and radio stations alike in the coming months.