Today marks the fifth birthday of Young Thug’s “Barter 6”. The album is innovative, multi-dimensional and unequivocally one of modern raps most pivotal points and five years later, we’re still listening to it.
Compared to his most recent album release of “So Much Fun” we see his artistic and lyrical growth as an artist and creator. But that isn’t to say Barter wasn’t a masterpiece itself. This debut commercial mixtape illustrated his vocal technique and compositional talents, with features from the likes of T.I., Jacquees, Birdman, Young Dolph and Lil Duke. And with London on da Track and Wheezy primarily on production (among other producers), the album set precedence for rap music as we know it today.
The album peaked at number 22 on the US charts and is Young Thug’s most successful album to date. It’s also arguably the blueprint and inspiration for many Gen Z rap artists today. A modern classic that resonates just as well now, as when it was released.
Complex said “on Barter 6, a rapper frequently dismissed as a druggie dance trapper inverts himself, yielding a passionate and personal record,” adding that his “visceral illustrations are one-of-a-kind, and he communicates joy, frustration, and dread with unique clarity.”Complex Magazine
This 50 minute masterpiece has changed the course of rap as we know it and as we celebrate its place in the hip hop music industry, we also look forward to what the future holds for Young Thug’s music.
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