According to him, So Much Fun is Young Thug’s debut studio album. However, he has many projects under his name. (My favorite, though somewhat interchangeable, has to be Slime Season 3.) It’s hard to tell when to take Thugger seriously and when not to. As a result, casual fans tend to underrate his influence. Of course that is my opinion. Nevertheless, what is not up for debate is how unique Young Thug is as an artist. Despite dozens of album push-backs and broken promises, his voice permeates most of trap music today. For the last five or six years his wild ad-libs and various vocal deliveries force listeners to form an opinion. Whether you like him or not Young Thug is here to stay. And, more often than not, I’m a huge Thug fan. Yet his last few drops left a bland taste in my mouth, so to speak.
His collaboration with fellow Atlanta trapper Future was mostly hit-or-miss for me. Also, his YSL label compilation record left without making much of an impression on anyone. It’s no secret. Young Thug has trouble grasping what makes an album great. While quite capable of making hit records, he leaves speculation up to the non-artists. So if he doesn’t feel like polishing a song to its highest potential he simply won’t. Frankly, this is my biggest gripe with Thugger. Although fun is a welcome presence in music-making, prioritizing it has a tendency to generate forgettable tracks. Here, if this tracklist featured about eight fewer songs, I would slightly disagree. Even without any cohesion or theme on this album it achieves the goal Thug set out for it. That, to me, is commendable. So Much Fun opens and closes strong with “Just How It Is” and “The London.”
Additionally, key features such as Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, and Lil Baby give complementary performances. Needless to say, J. Cole’s “The London” verse is one of his all-time best and he continues to outdo himself one guest slot at a time. In spite of this my favorite tracks here are all solo efforts. “Lil Baby” the song, “Jumped Out the Window,” and the aforementioned “Just How It Is” encapsulate Thugger’s diverse skill set. The intro is a wavy guitar-driven croon jam reminiscent of his BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS project. Another I enjoyed but forgot to mention is “Light It Up.” Though the chorus is nothing special, Pi’erre Bourne’s signature instrumental is a whole snack. “Jumped Out the Window” is a certified banger if I’ve ever heard one. And “Lil Baby” made me feel like I was floating on a cloud, dapping new-school rappers one by one.
So Much Fun is exactly what I thought it’d be — bloated, jolly, and a logical next step in his discography. At 19 tracks it grows tiresome after a handful of listens. Yet for Young Thug non-believers, it may only take one listen to decide they’re done with it forever. It feels like a holdover project. And that’s okay, if you ask me. The title says it all. This is what Thugger is best at, anyway. Hilarious bangers, absurd voices, and forward-thinking flows make him a solid sonic investment going forward. However, I can’t help but sigh. . . With a quick trim and less homie handout features, this album could have been something to talk about as a whole. Instead it tides Thug fans over until his next impromptu project. I like it. I’ll play it for a little while longer. But this isn’t a true showcase of his limitless talent.