Alex Tumay: Young Thug 24-Bar Verse "Sounded Like Kendrick"

A comparison to rap's current king is about the highest praise one can get these days.

With Young Thug's new "singing album" E.B.B.T.G. on the horizon—after informally announcing the project in late April, it's slated for release before the end of May—his longtime engineer Alex Tumay sat down for an interview with Genius to discuss, among other subjects, his vast engineering resume, his desire to play a bigger role for the Recording Academy, and his recent work with Nav, SahBabii and, of course, Thugger.

The most eye-opening quote in the feature appears in the second to last paragraph, when Tumay compares a recently-recorded verse by Thugger to rap's current GOAT. 

"Tumay also reels over what he saw Thug do the night before: a 24-bar verse where he “sounded like Kendrick [Lamar]” the first half, and “I don’t even know” the second.

Before you flip out on Alex for drawing a comparison between Young Thug and Kendrick, it's important to keep two things in mind: Alex heard the verse and you did not, and of greater importance, he isn't the first respected industry name to throw high praise on Thugger's skinny shoulders. Wyclef Jean has compared Jeffery to 2Pac (the argument was a bit flimsy, but it was well-intentioned), Erykah Badu compared him to André 3000 and Roc Marciano labeled Thugger a "genius."

Obviously, the proof will be in the pudding bars and not hyperbolic comparisons and co-signs. While I'm personally not especially excited about an all-singing Young Thug album—which would seem to contradict the placement of a Kendrick-esque verse—I am looking forward to another project from one of the most unique voices in music today.



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