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But Young Thug, against the odds shows his merit as an artist on his first commercial release. This sound of this “mixtape” is reminiscent of the sound of the Rich Gang mixtape he was on, so If his fans are expecting another 1017 Thug, than will be disappointed. While released through 300 Records, Birdman has a influence the project significantly, being the only other rapper to appear more than once of the project.
The projects is low-key, and gives what his YSL (Young Stoner Life) insignia stands for, a psychedelic feeling. “Constantly Hating,” the albums second single, has a minimalist beat and Thug’s unique flow is almost hypnotic. Thug address the controversy surrounded around him. Birdman, who is consider by many to be one of the worst rapper ever (remember this song), actually sounds good on this song as long as you don’t focus on his lyrics.
The instrumentation is stellar on this project. Songs feature melodic piano refrains and over heavy bass and trap hi hats. This is the closest thing Thug has to a style. He sounds great on this kind of subtle production. His auto-tuned drenched triplet flows on this heavy yet somber production creates a recipes for success.
Overall, the Barter 6 isn’t as much of a sequel to Lil’ Wayne’s Carter series, but more of a spiritual homage. Lil Wayne was condemned and criticized by hip hop purists for his voice, his style and his lyrics, but when it came down to the music, it was undeniably good. The same applies to this project and this shows Young Thug as one the best rising artists today.
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Here Is first Single of the mixtape, "Check"