So Much Fun

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So Much Fun
Young Thug - So Much Fun.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 2019 (2019-08-16)
Studio
Length62:04
Label
Producer
Young Thug chronology
On the Rvn
(2018)
So Much Fun
(2019)
Punk
(2019)
Singles from So Much Fun
  1. "The London"
    Released: May 23, 2019

So Much Fun is the debut studio album by American rapper Young Thug, it was released on August 16, 2019, by 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The album was executive produced by J. Cole. It features guest appearances from Future, Machine Gun Kelly, Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Duke, 21 Savage, Doe Boy, Lil Keed, Quavo, Juice Wrld, Nav, J. Cole, and Travis Scott. The album was supported by its lead single, "The London".

So Much Fun received generally positive reviews and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming Young Thug's first US number-one album.

Production[edit]

American musician J. Cole serves as the executive producer on the album.[1][2] Among others, Thug has worked with Roddy Ricch, 21 Savage, and Gunna in recording sessions for the album.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

So Much Fun was originally titled GOLDMOUFDOG before Thug revealed the new title in an interview with podcast host Adam22 for his No Jumper channel.[4] Thug also announced the album's title had been changed on social media.[3] On August 10, 2019, Thug announced the album would be released on August 16.[5]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "The London" featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott, was released on May 23, 2019.[6] The song was produced by T-Minus.[6]

Artwork[edit]

The album's artwork features 803 posed Young Thugs used in order to form the rapper's face.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.3/10[8]
Metacritic78/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundB[10]
Exclaim!8/10[11]
HipHopDX4.0/5[12]
HotNewHipHop86%[13]
NME4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork8.4/10[15]
PopMatters7/10[16]
RapReviews6/10[17]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[18]
Spectrum Culture4/5 stars[19]

So Much Fun was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 78, based on nine reviews.[9] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave the album 7.3 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[8]

Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork gave a positive review, stating "Despite all the collaborations on So Much Fun, the album is about Young Thug. He might not mystify as he did in the early stages of his career, when he was stumbling into new flows and deliveries at an inhuman pace, but now he's able to wield the madness with ease, satisfying in many modes."[15] Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX wrote that "Thugger has performed vocally like this before on Jeffrey, lyrically like this on Slime Season and emotionally like this on Beautiful Thugger Girls but not consistently have they all converged together like this, forging the ultimate Young Thug Voltron. Plus, this top-notch performance has been spread across such perfectly paced beats. Quite literally, the production on this album is just a blast."[12] Jacob Carey of Exclaim! said, "Although it may not be the best project that Young Thug has released, certain tracks off So Much Fun are guaranteed to become classic party anthems played at max volume for years."[11] Kyann-Sian Williams of NME stated, "So Much Fun is a free-spirited record that comes with heavy doses of ridiculousness, but it's lovably silly, and is a welcome dose of light relief."[14] Lucy Shanker of Consequence of Sound claimed, "So Much Fun succeeds in its quest to highlight the success of Young Thug; almost all of the 19 tracks could stand alone as a strong demonstration of what Thug does best, but they also work together to create a cohesive project."[10] Magazine publication Spin said, "Some classic records have been made in this mold; plenty of dull ones, too. So Much Fun is somewhere in the middle, with a handful of legitimately great songs, only a couple you may end up skipping, and none that sound like someone forgot to send them to the mastering engineer."[20]

Rolling Stone's critic Danny Schwartz said, "So Much Fun doesn't mark a step forward for his aesthetic, but rather an attempt to refine it."[18] In a mixed review, RapReviews's Steve "Flash" Juon stated: "You can't examine Young Thug's music too closely or think about it too carefully if you want to enjoy it, because the casual misogyny of throwing around "Pussy" as an insult reminds you he's not exactly progressive. If you're looking for bass to shake the concrete and singing so modulated as to nearly be R&B, tracks like "Jumped Out the Window" and "Boy Back" featuring NAV will definitely fit the bill."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

So Much Fun debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 131,000 album-equivalent units (including 5,000 pure album sales). It is Young Thug's first US number-one album, and fifth to place in the top 10 (or sixth, if the 2018 compilation Slime Language is counted).[21]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Geoff Ogunlesi's Instagram and BMI.[22][23][24]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Just How It Is" 
3:27
2."Sup Mate" (featuring Future) 
  • DY
  • ATL Jacob
3:58
3."Ecstasy" (featuring Machine Gun Kelly) 
  • DY
  • 12Hunna
2:58
4."Hot" (featuring Gunna) Wheezy3:13
5."Light It Up" Pi'erre Bourne3:29
6."Surf" (featuring Gunna) Pi'erre Bourne3:04
7."Bad Bad Bad" (featuring Lil Baby) 
  • Wheezy
  • Nils
2:29
8."Lil Baby" Pi'erre Bourne3:22
9."What's the Move" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) 
  • BLSSD
  • Chef
4:11
10."I Bought Her" (featuring Lil Duke) 3:22
11."Jumped Out the Window" Supah Mario3:24
12."I'm Scared" (featuring 21 Savage and Doe Boy) Pi'erre Bourne3:21
13."Cartier Gucci Scarf" (featuring Lil Duke) 
  • Jayrich Laplaya
  • Prezzley P
3:18
14."Big Tipper" (featuring Lil Keed) 
3:43
15."Pussy" 
  • Southside
  • Pyrex
2:21
16."Circle of Bosses" (featuring Quavo) 
  • Wheezy
  • Nils
2:59
17."Mannequin Challenge" (featuring Juice Wrld) 2:42
18."Boy Back" (featuring Nav) 
3:23
19."The London" (featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott)T-Minus3:20
Total length:62:04

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies an uncredited co-producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Geoff Ogunlesi's Instagram.[22][23]

  • A. Bainz – recording (tracks 1–7, 10, 12–18), mixing (tracks 1–18)
  • Florian "Flo" Ongonga – recording (tracks 2, 8, 11, 12, 17)
  • Fxxxy – recording (track 2)
  • Jenso "JP" Plymouth – recording (track 3)
  • Shaan Singh – recording (tracks 9, 13, 16), engineering assistant (track 10), mixing (tracks 1–18), engineering (track 19)
  • Andrew "Pro Logic" Franklin – recording (track 18)
  • Gosha Usov – recording (track 19)
  • Alex Tumay – mixing (all tracks)
  • Jimmy Cash – additional mixing (track 19)
  • Joe LaPorta – mastering (all tracks)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 36
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 38
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[29] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[30] 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[31] 9
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[32] 45
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34] 66
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 23
Italian Albums (FIMI)[36] 48
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[38] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[41] 9
US Billboard 200[21] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[42] 1

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