2018 has—unsurprisingly—gotten off to a beautifully strange start for Young Thug. He dropped a loose effort in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day that turned out to be one of the better songs of the year; he changed his name to SEX; and he also promised to not release any (more?) new music this year as a show of support for his deaf brother.
Unluckily for SEX fans, the name change didn't last, but luckily for Young Thug fans, the Atlanta rapper has broken his word by releasing a new three-track EP, Hear No Evil, which counts features from Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, and 21 Savage.
The clear standout, "Up" finds Thug flanked by Uzi and 808 Mafia head honcho Southside, reuniting the trio for the first time since Slime Season 2's "Big Racks." Similar to that effort, "Up" is a riotous ode to fast living with cavernous production. This time around, though, Uzi—now a superstar—adds a verse of his own and nearly steals the show.
It's unclear where Thug goes from here—who knows if he even has any idea—but Hear No Evil is a good reason to go up in the meantime.