Young Thug has compared his forthcoming project to Tupac, stating he wants to dig deeper into his life.
The rapper, who’s real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, recently released the album ‘So Much Fun’. Speaking with Rolling Stone about the album, Young Thug describes it as a party album and doesn’t want the listener to think when playing the album.
However, he does have an upcoming project, titled ‘Punk’, that is the opposite to ‘So Much Fun’. Talking about this upcoming album, Young Thug compares the content to that of the late, great Tupac Shakur. With such a bold statement, Young Thug believes that his fans are going to hear a side of him that they’ve not heard before. He wants to let the fans into his life and know of the situations he’s faced in the past. The ‘Stoner’ rapper is hoping to release ‘Punk’ later this year but he’s certainly gave people something to look forward to.
“My best album would probably be Punk because it’s more like real life. It’s more like Tupac,” he said. “Tupac could be one of the biggest rappers in the world because he rapped what he rapped about. I had conversations with Jay-Z and he told me, ‘We gotta learn how to continue what Pac had going. Pac was a teacher. ‘Pac teaches.’”
It’s not the first time that Young Thug has mentioned Tupac Shakur. In 2017, he released ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ on June 16th, which would of been ‘Pac’s 46th birthday. After the release, he claimed to be the second coming of Tupac, calling himself the “newpac”. Incidentally, his release of the album happened on the same day as the Tupac biopic, ‘All Eyez On Me’, hit movie theaters.
Young Thug Taking The Advice Of Tupac
When Tupac was serving his sentence in Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995, he gave an interview in which he spoke on the topic of messages in songs. He said, “listen to the words people say in their lyrics and tell me if that’s some real s*** if that’s real to you. Listen what they sayin’, don’t just bob your head to the beat. Peep the game and listen to what I’m saying. Hold us accountable for it.”
Only time will tell if Young Thug was correct with his comparison with Tupac. Hip-hop has always been a voice for the voiceless, struggle and hardship. Artists like Tupac, KRS-One, NWA, Public Enemy were the leaders in deep, meaningful lyrics that connected with their audience. Many people in hip-hop culture believe that the core of the genre is the reality of the lyrical content. Will Young Thug set a trend among the new era of rappers? Just like ‘Pac was getting at, peep game and bring back songs that are deep, thoughtful and personal.