Slime Language

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Slime Language
Slime Language by Young Thug.jpg
Compilation album by
Young Thug and Young Stoner Life Records
ReleasedAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
Studio
  • Treesound, Atlanta, GA
  • Crosby, Los Angeles, CA
  • Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
  • Billboard, Atlanta, GA
Length50:43
Label
Producer
  • Wheezy (exec.)
  • London on da Track (also exec.)
  • Billboard Hitmakers
  • Bobby Raps
  • Charlie Handsome
  • Cicero
  • DY
  • K Bangerz
  • Kacey Khaliel
  • Keyyz
  • Mattazik
  • Psymun
  • Smoke
  • SinGrinch
  • Super
  • Turbo
  • Woodpecker
Young Thug chronology
Hear No Evil
(2018)
Slime Language
(2018)
On the Rvn
(2018)

Slime Language is a compilation album by American rapper Young Thug and his label Young Stoner Life Records. It was released on August 17, 2018 for streaming and digital download by YSL Records and 300 Entertainment.[1] The compilation features guest appearances from YSL artists Lil Duke, Gunna, Strick, Thug's sisters Dolly and HiDoraah, Thug's fiance (Jerrika) Karlae, as well as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Keed, Nechie, Lil Baby, Jacquees, Tracy T and others.[2] The album is executive produced by Wheezy and London on da Track and features production from Wheezy, Keyyz, K Bangerz, Kacey Khaliel, DY, Charlie Handsome, Smoke, Mattazik, Super, Billboard Hitmakers and Turbo, among others.[1]

Background[edit]

On August 1, 2018, the album was announced by Young Thug, when he sent several music publications pet snakes and a booklet containing names of artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna and Jacquees.[3][4] Thug initially set the release date for his 27th birthday, August 16, but later clarified that it would be released later in the evening on August 16.[2] A representative for Thug explained that the album was a "compilation project [and] not a Young Thug album, EP or mixtape."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Exclaim!7/10[7]
Highsnobiety3.0/5[8]
HipHopDX3.0/5[9]
HotNewHipHop86%[10]
Pitchfork7.3/10[11]
XXL3/5[12]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 68, based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[5] Charles Holmes of XXL concluded: "Endearing, ambitious and a tad overstuffed, Slime Language is a literal and figurative family reunion. However, like any Black family reunion, the project captivates when the young are allowed to flex in front of the father and claw their way from the periphery to the main stage."[12] Riley Wallace from Exclaim! applauded the album, saying, "Thug is a rock star who knows his audience, and Slime Language shows his ear for talent on full display", adding that the album "walks the fine line of consistency and monotony, delivering a stream of well-crafted bangers sprinkled with Thugga's unmistakable aura as the binding glue."[7] HotNewHipHop believed that "Thug sounds like he's having the most fun he's had since his Rich Gang days."[10] Despite being a compilation, Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork believed Slime Language "is so generous with its star attraction that the distinction barely matters, and Thug digs in with his usual rubber-jawed zeal", also stating that the project is Young Thug's "most cheerful, undemanding project since the I Came from Nothing mixtapes of his less adventurous early years, before stylistic gambits took hold over simple pleasures."[11]

Online hip hop publication HipHopDX stated that Slime Language "suffers from being predictable, which is the last thing you’d ever want or expect from a Young Thug-affiliated project. The lesser-known artists don't make much of a mark, the more notorious features are the clear highlights, and the project, as a whole, offers nothing to compete with the highs of Beautiful Thugger Girls — let alone the hallucinatory string of releases from 2015."[9] Thomas Hobbs of Highsnobiety believed the album was underwhelming as a compilation project, though fared well as a solo project: "If you need reminding of why Young Thug is one of modern rap’s most original stars, Slime Language provides plenty of evidence. However, as a showcase for Young Stoner Life Records, it feels like it’s lacking. Young Thug clearly has aspirations to follow his inspiration Lil Wayne and help launch the careers of future superstars, but this record doesn’t feel like the moment he will achieve this dream. Put simply; Slime Language is a good Young Thug album, but an average compilation project. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself fast-forwarding straight to the Thugger verses."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Slime Language debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with 41,000 album-equivalent units, with streaming units accounting for 38,000 of the total.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Geoffrey Ogunlesi's Instagram.[14]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Tsunami"
3:07
2."U Ain't Slime Enough" (featuring Karlae and Lil Duke)Woodpecker4:14
3."Gain Clout"
  • Keyyz
  • Smoke
2:05
4."Oh Yeah" (featuring HiDoraah)
  • K Bangerz
  • Keyyz
3:33
5."Audemar" (featuring Tracy T)Keyyz3:27
6."Chanel (Go Get It)" (featuring Gunna and Lil Baby)
3:21
7."Dirty Shoes" (featuring Gunna)
  • Wheezy
  • Charlie Handsome
3:18
8."It's a Slime" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)Wheezy2:22
9."Scoliosis" (featuring Gunna and Lil Duke)
  • Keyyz
  • Mattazik
  • Smoke
3:40
10."Goin Up" (featuring Lil Keed)Kacey Khaliel3:34
11."January 1st" (featuring Jacquees and Trapboy Freddy)
4:18
12."Chains Choking Me" (featuring Gunna)
  • Wheezy
  • Bobby Raps
  • Charlie Handsome
3:01
13."STS" (featuring Strick)Super3:39
14."Expensive" (featuring HiDoraah and Dolly)Billboard Hitmakers2:56
15."Slimed In" (featuring Nechie)Turbo4:08
Total length:50:43

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Geoffrey Ogunlesi's Instagram.[14]

  • Bainz – recording (tracks 1–3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13)
  • Chef – recording (track 4)
  • Alex Tumay – recording (track 5), mixing (all tracks)
  • Shaan Singh – recording (track 6)
  • Jenso Plymouth – recording (track 13)
  • Turn Me Up Josh – recording (track 15), additional mixing (track 15)
  • Joe LaPorta – mastering (all tracks)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 111
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 194
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 88
US Billboard 200[13] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Li, Nicolaus (August 17, 2018). "Stream Young Thug's Featured-Filled 'Slime Language' Compilation Project". Hypebeast. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Trevor (August 16, 2018). "Young Thug's "Slime Language" Set For 11PM Release". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Darville, Jordan (August 16, 2018). "Young Thug's Slime Language is a compilation, not an album". The Fader. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Hopkins, Anna (August 1, 2018). "Young Thug Shares Artists on 'Slime Language' With Live Snake". XXL. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Slime Language by Young Thug Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Slime Language – Young Thug". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Wallace, Riley (August 21, 2018). "Young Thug: Slime Language". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Hobbs, Thomas (August 21, 2018). "'Slime Language' Is a Good Young Thug Album but a Poor Compilation". Highsnobiety. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Chintaluri, Narsimha (August 20, 2018). "Review: Young Thug's "Slime Language" Rarely Uplifts Its Young Stoner Life Members". HipHopDX. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lyons, Patrick (August 20, 2018). "Young Thug's "Slime Language" Review". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Rytlewski, Evan (August 20, 2018). "Young Thug: Slime Language". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Holmes, Charles (August 20, 2018). "Young Thug's Disciples Are All Grown Up on YSL's 'Slime Language' Mixtape". XXL. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (August 26, 2018). "Ariana Grande Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Sweetener'". Billboard. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Ogunlesi, Geoffrey (August 16, 2018). "Credits for Slime Language ..." Instagram. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records – Slime Language" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records – Slime Language" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener' Sours Travis Scott's Success". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records – Slime Language" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 25, 2018.