Throughout the years, Reservoir rapper Young Thug has cemented himself as one of music’s top mavericks. With a bevy of smash singles and new album So Much Fun under his belt, this past year has only served to launch Thugger further into superstardom. In celebration of his 28th birthday, we’re taking a look at some of Young Thug’s biggest hits.
So Much Fun
Young Thug’s debut album, released on the rapper’s birthday, is nothing short of a celebration. The 19-track release includes his star-studded hit single “The London” with J. Cole and Travis Scott, which earned Thugger a Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 single at #12. Regarding the album, DJ Booth notes “[So Much Fun] moves at a pace only Thug could set, a rhythm that captures the uniqueness of his eccentric style without any overwhelming elements. Each of the 19 songs borrows a play from his celebrated book of tricks—it’s not overly experimental or enchanted—executed in a fashion that grabs the audience’s ears,” further describing the project “As a body of work, the music lives up to its title. There isn’t a single moment where Thug is dull, bored, or sounds out of place… Young Thug has delivered a debut worth the wait.”
“Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
RIAA 7x Multi-Platinum, Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit single “Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, co-written by Ali Tamposi, is a certified smash hit. The tropical cut has racked up over 1.2 Billion streams on Spotify, in addition to charting in the #1 top spot in over 23 countries worldwide. The music video for “Havana,” which features both Cabello and Thug performing in a speakeasy-esque club is also impressively ranked as one of YouTube’s most viewed videos, with over 800 Million views to date.
“Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug & Mason Ramsey
Young Thug has saddled up his horse, bringing ATL to the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, “Old Town Road” on the cut’s hot new remix. The collaboration is serendipitous as the chart-topping hit’s singer-songwriter, Lil Nas X told TIME “ …with country trap, I in no way want to take credit for that. I believe Young Thug would be one of the biggest pioneers in that.”
“Goodbyes” by Post Malone and Young Thug
Post Malone returned with his new song “Goodbyes” featuring a Young Thug. The duo’s emotional cut landed them a debut spot at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Hypebeast praised, “Coming in just shy of three minutes, ‘Goodbyes’ continue Posty’s signature melodic style and features a striking verse from Thugger which sees the rap icon show off his vocal range.”
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
The Grammy Award-winning “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” and “Best Music Video,” “This Is America” by Childish Gambino, was co-written & featuring background vocals by Young Thug, made history as the 1st hip-hop single to win both SOFTY and ROTY categories. The track, which TIME noted as a “searing social critique of pop culture and the experience of being black in America today… alluding to everything from police violence to racial stereotypes and social media obsession as components of the modern American experience,” debuted at number #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has been subsequently certified 3x Platinum by RIAA.
“Feels” by Ed Sheeran, Young Thug and J Hus
Off Ed Sheeran’s new album No. 6 Collaborations Project, “Feels” marks Young Thug’s first collaboration with the UK singer-songwriter. The track, which The Spinoff noted “make[s] for a hell of a song,” fits perfectly in the album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and UK Official Albums Charts. In an interview with iHeartRadio, Ed Sheeran described why he wanted Young Thug to collaborate on the track saying, “…he’s got a tone that is, sometimes you don’t understand what he’s saying, but the way that he does it is just musical. So, I was always very intrigued to work with him.”
“Million Dollar Mansion” and “Proud of Me” by Lil Keed and Young Thug
Young Thug takes on two features on his protégé Lil Keed’s new album, Long Live Mexico. The album debuted at #26 on Billboard’s Top 200. In an interview with HotNewHipHop, Lil Keed described his admiration for Thugger saying, “Dang, he really puts in work… so I wanted to do the same thing. There’s no excuse not to work. He’s successful and he’s always in the studio working so I look up to that.”
“High” by Young Thug and Elton John
The Elton John “Rocket Man” sample in this Young Thug track, off Thugger’s 2018 On The Rvn EP, takes the rapper to new heights and earned the rapper a #30 peak position on the American iTunes charts. Most recently, Sir Elton John told Complex about the time he met with Young Thug saying, “It was a really nice meeting but I didn’t know what to call him, Thug? Mr Thug? Sir Thug? I could see the headline in the paper: Queen meets Thug. But anyway, it was a really nice meeting and I loved him. I left feeling full of energy as I do when I meet great new artists. He’s a really talented guy. I’d love to hear him sing more, and I said this to him when we met. He’s got a great voice.”
“Woah Woah” by Mustard, Young Thug and Gunna
Young Thug collaborated with Mustard and Gunna on what Kulture Hub calls “one of the smoothest tracks” off Mustard’s new album Perfect Ten. The album reached #8 on the Bilboard 200 chart. The cut blends trap and R&B, seamlessly showing off Thugger’s signature style as the trio “flex on those who have hurt [them] in the past and those who are just mad at [their] glo-up.”
“Patek Water” by Young Thug, Future and Offset
The 2017 hit single featuring Migos’ Offset is off Young Thug and Future’s #1 Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, SUPER SLIMEY. The cut, both referencing Patek Philippe watches and the trio’s lavish successes, reached #50 on Billboard’s Hot 100. HNHH called the collaboration a “standout,” while Pitchfork noted “the timepiece-flashing song is a collective heat-check for three of rap’s hottest MCs.”