Monday, July 20, 2015
SPANISH GUITAR FILES: IS YOUNG THUG THE NEW DYLAN? IS DAVID BLUE THE OLD YOUNG THUG?
Fuck all those cats, yeah we doggin in here / That Bentley got brown wood like a Spalding in here
YOUNG THUG rockin a Spanish guitar, but it's through the grotesque Thugger lens, so it's one of those weird Picasso guitars where you like, "You can't be serious, Pablo Picasso, no one can play that fuckin thing. That's ridiculous." It's introspective, but not enough to fall within the Sensitive Thug ouevre. I appreciate the way he employs the technique of rhetorical momentum via repetition; i.e., rhyming the second to last word of the couplets while repeating the last word. BIRDMAN, rap's Brian Epstein, nods in approval as he squirts the bounty of a hands-free orgasm all over his breezy sweatpants.
The irony of Young Thug as symbol of everything wrong with hip-hop is that he is one of the last evolving practitioners of rapping for the sake of rapping. He is rapping about rapping even when he's not explicitly rapping about rapping. Young Thug songs are very seldom about anything at all except language itself: exploring new possibilities and defining limitations; stretching that shit like some A.C. saltwater taffy; dislocating a word to the point of absurdity, meaninglessness, and/or unexpected meaning. Many of his songs are based on cliched premises; the mode of expression is the true subject. Just cause he's playful doesn't mean his work ain't serious.