What the F**k is Young Thug Saying? (A Very Serious Lyrical Analysis)
As hip-hop heads, we make it our duty to memorize our favorite lyrics. I can't remember what I had for dinner last night or where I put my keys, but ask me to spit City Spud's verse from "Ride Wit Me" and I will deliver like it's still 2001. Memorizing all of the only City Spud verse in history is easy because you know, you can understand what he's saying, but every so often there is that rare breed of emcee who when they grab the mic, you have no f**cking clue what they are saying; they might as well be rapping in ancient Latin.
Its time folks. You had to know this was in the works when we started the What the Fuck Are They Saying series. It's time to break out the Young Thug translator.
Some love him, some hate him, but nobody understands what he's saying, because he raps like his mouth is full of peanut butter coated marbles. I'm not going to get into the whole Young Thug argument here, so I will leave my personal views aside in the name of getting the most accurate transcription of his sonnets.
Honestly, I'd have a better shot at translating ancient hieroglyphics or The Torah, but DJBooth isn't a Hebrew head site, so I am stuck taking on the prophetic words of Trap hip-hop's Moses. Yes, I did just compare Thug to Moses (hey both seem to be comfortable around burning shrubbery); we are already of to a great start...
Guess: For the first 49 seconds, I could actually understand him. I was worried. Then right at that 50 second mark he blows me away; I literally had to double take even though I was listening and not looking. Ok, this is why they pay me the big bucks. Here it goes, " Who the fuck told you that Young Thug could fuck her go fuck on her bean".
Actual: Man, I don't even understand his first real line. It's ok, no chance you did either.
Guess: Clear as day..."I just eat soup on Girls Gone Wild"
Guess: "Una banana tat!"...One banana tattoo please!
Actual: I had trouble finding it, but it's the eighth line down in the second verse. It's hard to find something when you don't know what he says before or after.
Guess: "I just turned Verizon sales just like a boss". I know it's not this (it's
definitely not clearly something about Hawaii) but the thought of Mr. Thug working at the Verizon store made me smile.
Actual: 35 seconds in and already I'm off, this is gonna be a rough outing. Even Hawaii was wrong...
Guess: "Ohh I'm a bad Shaolin". Of course you are a bad Shaolin, nobody can understand you. While we are on the Shaolin subject, you ever play Wu-Tang Shaolin Style? Great game. For the record, even the ad-lib guy inquisitively asks ,"What?" after this line.
Actual: If ad-lib guy wan't getting it, I had no shot. I don't even know if Young Thug knows what he said.
Guess: Okay, I know some of these he says vapors, but I swear to god he sneaks one "I feel like Pitbull" in there somewhere. Perhaps we need a Young Thug "Timber" remix; the world would explode.
Actual: Well fuck. Turns out he doesn't even say vapors. I was so sure I had that down. I mean I kinda knew Pitbull wasn't right, but I 100% thought it was vapor.
Guess: "HOLIDAY! ÁNDALE! HOLIDAY! ÁNDALE!". Plus the little alien voice says "Hochuli" because aliens.
Actual: I got one (kinda)! I got one (kinda)! I though Holiday was for sure right; you learn something new every day.
Guess: "Lemon meringue, lemon meringue, yes, oh lemon meringue". Nothing says thug like a cup of lean, a chopper in the trunk, and a nice slice of lemon meringue.
Guess: "I can not hide it, they see all these puzzles"...finally a gangsta problem I can relate too; hate it when people see my puzzles.
Actual: Apparently the word "Bezzles" is a word. I thought I knew all the lingo, but I had to look that one up. Currently feeling a lot like this:
And closing it out, just what the music industry was missing; a (brand new) Migos and Young Thug song. We can stop listening to music now; it won't get better than this.
Actual: It's brand new so it's not on RapGenius yet, but don't even bother; it's definitely "khflkehwlkfhesdjkhsklhgks#hgkhskhglhslh@%^ghrheh!$%Dglkerhgklher"
If you are wondering why I didn't include "Picacho" it's because every line is crystal clear; trust me, it was the first song I went to. I'm surprised I could understand i all, but I guess that's what happens when you listen to it every night before bed. Even without "Picacho" that was fun. Now if you'll excuse me I am going to go back to never listening to him again..except for "Picacho" (because "Picacho"). Take us out Billy Madison!
Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth. His favorite album is College Dropout but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.