It’s finally here.
Young Thug’s swelling legal battles have straddled a precarious timeline, finding the visionary artist treading murky waters. Charged with eight felonies, stemming from a 2017 arrest, Thug has been an elusive target for the authorities who’ve been pursuing him for a medley of firearm and illegal substance possession-related crimes. A presumed burden weighing on the Barter 6 rappers’ mind, this mounting pressure has created diamonds for Thug: Welcome to On The Rvn.
Having been teased for some time, Thug’s newly-released EP–originally slated for a September 11th release–has officially arrived today, September 24th. Garnering initial excitement with a September 9th tweet, which promised the project’s September 11th arrival, Thug needed to press pause on the album roll-out process to attend to his judicial circumstances. While the final bell hasn’t rung on his legal battles, the countdown timer to On The Rvn has hit triple zeros–it’s time for new Thugga Thugga baby!
A conceptual and sonic amalgamation of his varying talents, On The Rvn is a prime manifestation of his transcendent artistry that has garnered him the well-deserved adulation over the course of his capricious career. A sparse offering, coming in at only six-tracks over 21-minutes, On The Rvn enables Thugger’s eclectic stylings, but saves room for the fascinating features to properly texturize the project in their own unique ways.
6LACK, Jaden Smith, and–drum roll, please–Elton John are the lucky handpicked artists gracing On The Rvn’s tracklist. While each artist retains little similarities to one another, their distinct artistic identities complement Thug’s malleable aesthetic–one that is as enthralling as it is unpredictable.
Thug’s quasi posse cut, Slime Language, released back in August, was the steam rising from a tempting apple pie cooling on a window sill; On The Rvn is the taste of the pie we’ve been waiting for.
Stream On The Rvn below: