The Cloudcuckoolander of Trap Music, Jeffrey Lamar Williams (born August 16, 1991), better know by his stage name Young Thug, is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia known primarily for his quirky, eccentric, offbeat vocal style and fashion style. He first received attention from collaboration with Birdman and Gucci Mane, along with his collaboration with other rappers such as Rich Homie Quan, Lil Baby, and Gunna. Thug initally released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with I Came from Nothing. In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane's 1017 Records, and later that year he released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to critical praise.
Young Thug received mainstream recognition in 2014 with the singles "Stoner" and "Danny Glover" in addition to appearances on several singles, including T.I.'s "About the Money", Tyga's "Hookah", and Rich Gang's "Lifestyle." That year, he also signed to Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment and collaborated on the mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1. In 2015, he released a number of mixtapes, including Barter 6 and two installments of his Slime Season series. These were followed in 2016 by the commercial mixtapes I'm Up, Slime Season 3, and Jeffery. In 2018, he released a compilation album Slime Language showcasing the artists he has signed to his own label YSL Records.
Young Thug also became known for his feature on the 2017 hit song "Havana" by pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2018, becoming Young Thug's first number one single. Williams was awarded the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for his songwriting contributions to "This Is America" along with Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson. In May 2019, he released the single, "The London" (featuring J Cole and Travis Scott)becoming his second highest charting song on the Hot 100 as a lead artist, debuting and peaking at number 12. The song was featured on his debut album, So Much Fun, released later that year, which included his highest charting song on the Hot 100 as a lead artist, "Hot", featuring Gunna, peaking at number 11 (boosted by the remix with Travis Scott).
Shortly after the release of his debut album, Young Thug announced a follow-up project titled Punk to be released in 2020.
Tropes applying to Young Thug include:
- Ambiguously Gay: Was infamously this early for his career, due to his socially media antics and his penchant of saying things that questions his sexual preferences, to the point that certain people on DJ Akademiks videos had compared him to Gangstalicious from The Boondocks.
- Auto-Tune: On most of his songs.
- Camp Straight: Frequently has a flamboyant vocal style and personality but is heterosexual and has 6 children from four different women.
- Catchphrase: Slime.
- Celebrity Song: Some of his songs, such as Danny Glover and most of the songs on his album Jeffery, such as Kanye West and Wyclef Jean.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is this for mainstream rap in general.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Frequently, as typical from most rappers.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His I Came From Nothing series of mixtapes lack his unique vocal and rapping style and was more akin to Lil Wayne, who was his idol and primarily influence early in his career.
- Guttural Growler: Pops out many times in his songs due to his unpredictable vocal style.
- I Have Many Names: Jeffery, Thugger, Thugga, and SEX.
- Intercourse with You: Very prevelant in almost all of his songs.
- Lyrical Tic: Expect Slime, Thugga, and YSL for life to be shout out on many of his songs.
- Mondegreen: Almost all of his lyrics are heard as something completely different due to his nigh-unintelligible vocal style.
- Motor Mouth: Some of his songs had verses where his raps must faster than his usual tempo.
- N-Word Privileges: As typical of most rappers.
- One-Take Wonder: Almost all of his of songs are composed and written in less than ten minutes and are still very damn catchy in of itself.
- Rhyming with Itself: On the songs Check and Halftime, where he rhymes dick with dick and bitch with bitch respectively.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Is famous for having a very wide vocal range, frequently having many different vocal inflections and cadences throughout many of his songs.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: As with most rappers, many of his verses are drench in profanity.
- The Stoner: On his song Stoner.
- The Unintelligible: To the point of Memetic Mutation.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: To the point that he admit that he liked wearing women's clothing at a young age in on of his interviews.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: On any pop song where he is guest features, most notably on Music/Havana