One of rap’s big stories in 2014 has been flamboyant eccentric Young Thug and his rise to the top of the Atlanta rap heap. Thug has made a couple of moment-defining hits in “Danny Glover” and “Stoner,” his Bloody Jay collab Black Portland is (to my ears, anyway) the year’s best mixtape thus far, and who knows, maybe he and his label will figure things out and he’ll be able to put together an actual album. But while Thug remains in label limbo, he’s still an active participant in the mixtape universe. And yesterday, Thugga and Gucci Mane, his currently-incarcerated mentor, released their collaborative mixtape Young Thugga Mane La Flare. I don’t know when these two recorded this tape, or if they even recorded their parts at the same time. But on first listen, it’s notable how completely Thugga outshines Gucci, who, until pretty recently, was a hard man to outshine. Migos member Takeoff and frequent Thug collaborator Pee Wee Longway both make appearances, and you can stream or download the tape at DatPiff.
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