On The Rvn by Young Thug - review

RnB/Hip Hop | Tuesday 16th October 2018 | Jake

Hot on the heels of his YSL label effort Slime Language, Young Thug has dropped 'On The Rvn', a more personal project from the Atlanta native, with the EP dropping shortly after Thugger turned himself in to the police on felony charges.

It is unlikely that any other artist could put Elton John, Jaden Smith and 6lack on an EP and make it feel as natural in the way Young Thug does on this highly accomplished yet disappointing short release. Production from the likes of London on the Track and Wheezy provide Thugger with a diverse yet consistent set of beats that blend together seamlessly over the tape’s duration. No one track feels out of place, even the incredibly ambitious yet perfectly executed remix of Elton John’s 1972 hit ‘Rocket Man’, ‘High’.

If ‘High’ represents Thug at his most experimental, ‘Climax’, featuring 6lack exhibits his penchant for swooning, amorous songs. A softly singing Thug croons in his inimitable way over a drum-driven chorus, sliding into a laudable 6lack verse, leaving the rest of the song to Thug.

All the features, bar Offset, are something of a surprise. But the most pleasantly surprising, in terms of chemistry, may well be Jaden and Thug’s. ‘Sin’, produced by London on the Track and K Rich, is set to be the breakout track from the tape. It’s a brooding, aggressive paean to the pair’s lives. With braggadocious bars concerning money, drugs, hoes and their repsective sins, Thug and Jaden go back to back on 'Sin' as if they were long time spars.

A wholly unnecessary Offset verse on the title-track aside, 'On the Rvn' is a brilliantly assembled sample of what makes Thug such an exciting, exuberant talent. Mad features that come off, beats that wouldn’t work with any other rapper, and the belief to try anything on a track, solidified by the talent to pull it off.

His fans will recognise after a few spins of this EP that this is Thug at his best so far. 

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