David’s Score for Super Slimey: 8.2/10
On the evening of October 20th, the hip-hop world was electrified when Future and Young Thug, two of the industry’s hottest artists, announced that they would release a collab album at midnight.
In today’s modern age, everyone finds out everything. In hip-hop especially, it has become extremely rare for an album to release without being plagued by pre-release leaks. Future & Young Thug broke this new norm with Super Slimey, which was released out of nowhere.
The duo are often grouped together, being modern rappers coming out of Atlanta that have many stylistic parallels. For example, they are two pioneers of the use of autotune in hip-hop, something that has become an industry norm. With both artists being very collaborative by nature, the pair together has a very surprisingly short history of work together.
With this unusually brief history of collaboration, Super Slimey is exactly what hip-hop enthusiasts have been craving as both Future and Thug have risen to the top of the game. Likely as a result of years of anticipation, the album is somewhat anticlimactic. On the album as a whole, neither rapper showed up in peak form.
That being said, it’d be ridiculous to downplay the album to the point of saying it isn’t one of the more solid hip-hop projects of the year. Where it lacked the explosiveness, catchiness, and chemistry that might have been expected, the tracklist is decorated with some of the best production in recent memory. Additionally, Offset’s feature on “Patek Water” helps to create an electrifying track that would stand out on any album. Meanwhile, Future is reminiscent of older mixtapes like 56 Nights, tapping back into his emotional rapping side on tracks like “Group Home,” spitting bars like “You can’t cry over scars this permanent.”
Through their respective ascensions, both rappers have become known for their unusual vocal styles, often mumbling or screeching through verses and choruses alike, and vocal style is definitely a stand out aspect of Super Slimey. On “Three,” both rappers spit their verses with an effect sounding like they are rapping through a megaphone. On “Killed Before,” a solo Thug track, he bends his voice in new, creative ways over a warped guitar instrumental, while on “Group Home,” Future sings the chorus in a pain filled, deep, and dark tone that creates a standout exit track for the album.
While much of the album consists of the duo trading verses filled with references to drug abuse, high end watch brands, and glistening diamonds in a way that almost feels forced at times, it certainly has highlights. Overall, it is undeniably a solid album that should fulfill the thirst of hip-hop enthusiasts until Thug and Future drop their next albums.