Words by Rohit S. Loomba (@poombster)
Young Thug brings his Slime Season series to a close with Slime Season 3. After having had a funeral procession for SS3 after Lyor Cohen announced the project’s burial, the trilogy’s final chapter blesses fans. Thug Doesn’t miss a step, bringing everyone what they’ve grown to expect and appreciate the unique, often incoherent rapper for.
Production on SS3 is dominated by London On Da Track, who contributes to 4 of 8 tracks. Other producers include TM808, Mike Will, Resource, BWheezy, Ricky Racks, Isaac Flame, and MariiBeatz. The beats here are lushly produced with deep, resonating drum lines. The production on every track is driven and dominated by the drum line with simple melodies often coupled to these. It’s hard to describe it in words but a lot of the tracks on SS3 have a certain bounce to them: “With Them”, “Drippin’”, and “Digits”.
Thug does switch up his delivery styles on SS3 at times and its always interesting to see how talented he actually is when it comes to his delivery. A listen to “Drippin’” makes this pretty clear as Thug alters delivery within the track itself. At times Thug takes a deliberate, staccato approach to his delivery while elsewhere he draws out his words more. While still not entirely intelligible, it seems as if Thug thought about trying to make his words actually decipherable on SS3 which is a nice touch. It even showcases some of Thug’s more entertaining bars. On “With Them” Thug raps, “I wanna fuck her but she play more games than the NBA”. Never said these were very lyrical or introspective bars, just entertaining. There are a few features on SS3. Thug affiliates Yak Gotti, Lil Duke, and PeeWee Roscoe appear on “Slime shit” while Chicago native Lil Durk appears on “Drippin’”.
SS3 is a fitting end to the Slime Season trilogy. In fact, it appears that this may be the end to Young Thug’s career as a mixtape artist as his debut album appears to be imminent. SS3 is entertaining with some clever bars over dominant, quality production.
4 (out of 5)