The wait is finally over! The mysterious, charismatic, ATL wonder, Young Thug has finally released the long awaited No, My Name is Jeffery mixtape! Young Thug has been effortlessly dominating this year and shows no signs of slowing down. Thug released this new body of work at midnight on Friday (Aug. 26). This new mixtape marks the follow up to March’s Slime Season 3 mixtape. Although many may be completely confused, baffled, and slightly disturbed by his rather… interesting choice of album artwork, the tape is pretty dope!
Now, if you have not been keeping up with Thugga’s promotion for this mixtape, you may be extremely confused by the tape’s song titles. The mixtape’s title originates from the rapper’s real name, Jeffery Lamar Williams. Jeffery contains 10 songs. Originally, Thug had actual titles for each of the songs but he then changed them. For example, Thugga originally had a song entitled “Elton” which featured Wyclef Jean, but he then re-titled it to “Kanye West.” From “Swizz Beatz,” to “RiRi,” each of the songs’ titles were inspired by his “idols.” Along with the sudden change of titles, Thug also released a trailer for the mixtape. In the trailer, he sits in what appears to be an interrogation room. As he’s sitting, various people appear in the room and he continuously tells them, “No, my name is Jeffery” as they pummel him with questions and statements. As the video continues, the mixtape’s title along with the release date appears in white letters on a black background.
Thug raised even more heads with his album cover. The artwork showcases the 25-year-old standing elegantly in what looks like a blue women’s dress. His face is covered and you simply see his hands holding a long hat over his head and face.
The mixtape is honestly unlike his previous works. While you can never truly know what to expect, Jeffery displays Thug’s uniqueness and versatility even more. If you’re looking for straight Slime Season vibes you may be a bit disappointed. This tape really has a variety of sounds but it still possesses those fast-paced, outlandish bars that we are used to from the ATL native. Jeffery is playful. It experiments with various sounds and vibes. It also matches Thug’s extremely charismatic appeal. Every song is different from the other but still contains that trap vibe that we love and equate with Thugga.
A few favorites from this tape are “Kanye West,” “Floyd Mayweather,” “Guwop,” and “RiRi.” “Kanye West” is just really groovy. Assisted by Wyclef Jean, Thug passionately bellows, groans, and chants in the song. It gives off an African vibe in a sense but it still has the hard hitting bass to maintain that trap vibe. “Floyd Mayweather” instantly gets me hype as soon as Thug starts on the beat. Thug is more serious on this one, he doesn’t use any crazy effects on his voice and he just goes straight to work with Gucci, Travis and Gunna. The song just makes you feel like a boss and you instantly vibe to it. In “RiRi” we see Thugga experimenting or “playing” with his voice, testing various pitches and tunes. He exaggerates his voice in that trademark Young Thug way. “Guwop” resembles the “Again” track that Thug did with Gucci. It’s really smooth but it still possesses a powerful presence. Quavo and Offset really provide that true ATL trap to the song and it makes for a really great listen.
Honestly I felt the mixtape was actually good. I must admit I was not sure what to expect when the songs’ titles were changed and the album artwork dropped; I was a bit reluctant. However, after getting over that and multiple listens, I really liked and appreciated this new direction in sound. Young Thug is one of the boldest innovative artists I’ve ever seen. He’s not afraid to take risks and do exactly what he desires, which makes me respect him as an artist even more.
You can check out No, My Name is Jeffery on Apple Music, iTunes, and other music services!