When Young Thug suffered an unfortunate leak of vast amounts of material a year ago, conventional wisdom would suggest that this would set him back. Alex Tumay, one of Thug’s engineers, said in a Reddit post that about “two years” worth of work was lost. While they may have been right, this doesn’t mean that Thugger has starved his fans of new music. Last year’s Barter 6 remains one of the best projects of 2015, and his first two installments of his Slime Season mixtapes held more than enough material to keep fans happy. While Thug and his label have teased the final installment for quite awhile after SS2 dropped (including the faux-SS3 I’m Up), Slime Season 3 is finally here.
Whereas the first two tapes of the trilogy were stuffed with tracks, SS3 is only 8 songs. However, quality over quantity is the name of the game here. Each song is rich with the kind of production that only Thug can deliver on; his trademark squawk of a voice blends in perfectly with the sounds provided by London on da Track, Allen Ritter, among others. And it wouldn’t be a Thugger tape without some quotables. “I wanna f*ck her but she play more games than the NBA,” Thug attests on “With Them,” the Mike WiLL Made It-produced first track. The song, first heard as a snippet at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 event, may be the best on the project. “My racks are squeakin, I’m not fartin, I hop in that Rari, I crank up like Warren,” he brags on “Digits.”
Thug’s flows remain on point throughout the project; “Problem” and the aforementioned “With Them” stand out at first listen, but don’t be fooled; there’s plenty of other good ones on the project.
It seems that Thug may have learned from SS1 and SS2, and that putting 18 and 22, respectively, song tapes with (admittedly) filler to spare wouldn’t cut it for the Slime Season finale. By putting only 8 tracks on the SS3, it showcases Thugger’s best stuff while also upping the potential for new fans to emerge.
This tape serves as yet another reminder that the Atlanta spitter has set himself apart from his contemporaries. From the production to the rhymes, to the so-weird-they’re-good metaphors, he is the most unique voice in rap; Slime Season 3 proves it.