Young Thug has imitated and emulated his idol Lil Wayne in matters of style and sound, but he’s really an unpolished Cash Money replacement. Young Thug is the record label’s main weapon in the competitive world of hip hop.
Unfortunately, what could have been peaceful competition turned violent, as can be seen in accusations against Young Thug and Birdman for the tour bus shooting. The lessons of the past, when we lost great rappers like Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac are lost on today’s commercial hip hop crowd. But Lil Wayne has indeed established himself as a bonafide hitmaker over the years.
Cash Money perhaps knew there would be an issue of keeping Young Thug and Lil Wayne both on the label. If Weezy’s Tha Carter V had been released, it may have drawn attention away from Young Thug projects on the radar.
Young Thug even said he’s likely to replace Lil Wayne on an album of the same name, in an interview with No Off Days.
“I’ll drop probably one more mixtape before my album. The album is [on] iTunes. I’mma drop one more mixtape. I’ll probably name it Tha Carter V cause the original Carter V still ain’t came out yet. I don’t know what the f*ck they doing. They slow-poking. So I’mma put that mothaf*cka out for him.”
Wouldn’t it be easier to just ask Birdman to release it? Perhaps this is a bit of hip hop theater for the masses. Young Thug already faced a potential lawsuit for trying this, but seems he still has the itch to step into the role of Lil Wayne, as if stepping into his body and possessing him.
Young Thug has definitely succeeded at being a questionable personality. He’s probably also succeeded at annoying Lil Wayne and assuming the mantle for Cash Money Records in the role formerly held by Lil Wayne.
Young Thug is just 22 right now and his career is still young. The past three years have seen his career lift off. He’s already personified with the controversy that surrounds him while working with Birdman. But once all lawsuits are settled and the controversy ends, and the smoke settles between the troubled trio, who will stand supreme in the rap world?
I imagine all of them. I don’t think all the attention the three feuding artists have garnered has hurt their popularity. Everyone, probably even including Young Thug himself wants to see how this ends. But if soneone really does end up losing a lot of money in court, something tells me it won’t be Young Thug. He’s not the focus of the lawsuits.
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