Young Thugdropped his Beautiful Thugger Girls album over the weekend, with the release seemingly coming out of nowhere. Late Saturday, Thugger gave a brief explanation for the timing of his release via Twitter.
“I dropped E.B.B.T.G on 2PAC'S bday because I'm the #newPAC,” Young Thug wrote. “I feel like I am the thug he didn't get to become #SoImGoinFinishWhatHeStarted.”
From Max B calling himself “Biggaveli” to Kodak Black releasing Lil B.I.G. Pac, and Troy Ave naming an album NuPac, there are several examples of artists invoking the name of the late Tupac Shakur to promote their projects.
June 16 marked not only the late Shakur’s birthday but an official Tupac Shakur Day recognized by Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. One can point to a rather direct correlation between Shakur’s frequent practice of calling himself a thug and using the acronym T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. and Young Thug’s rap moniker.
However, many took issue with the statement. Shakur fans and Young Thug supporters found themselves clashing in Thugger’s mentions after he posted the tweet.
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This wouldn't be the first time Thugger has name checked one of his influences. Jeffery was peppered with the rapper's inspirations, with artists like Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West working their way into song titles. Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls is available for purchase and streaming now.
On his just-released NuPac project, Troy Ave claims he was ready to sign with Top Dawg Entertainment before “the whole shit just fell through.” On the 32-minute commentary track “Truth Be Told PSA,” Troy Ave opens up about his efforts to keep his career moving forward while in jail. During that time, Ave says, Kendrick Lamar indirectly reached out with some words of support.
According to Ave, Lamar said something to the effect of, “I see what you're going through, man. Send my love.” A couple days after receiving Lamar's words, Ave started pondering a future with Top Dawg Entertainment and gave then-manager Hovain a call. “I said, 'Yo, put the plan in action, man,” Ave recalled. “We gonna go out West when I come home and we gonna sign with TD.'” The story falls in line with the theme of Troy Ave comparing his career to 2Pac on NuPac, as 2Pac signed to Death Row after Suge Knight's assistance in posting bail in 1995.
Ave added that he always admired the Top Dawg brand. “I always liked what they was doing,” Ave said. “They kinda independent like us, but way bigger because they went and got with a major. They got shit that I like to see, like loyalty and unity, that type of shit. Cool. I give [Hovain] the whole play. Of course, he can't make that happen at all. At all. He doesn't make it happen. The whole shit just fell through.”
The TDE comments start at roughly the 14:45 mark in the clip below:
Interestingly enough, Ave once said Lamar was “just a weirdo rapper” in the Raekwon and N.O.R.E. collab “New York City.”
On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks debate whether Future is in the top tier of rap, and who will be the next star out of Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty. Later, the guys break down the state of rap beef in 2017 and if it's needed in this climate or just corny in general. To that end, Budden addresses his current feud with Troy Ave, who dissed him on “Press Spray” off his new project NuPac. You can hear it below.