Album Review: "Punk" by Young Thug (8/10)

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Producers: Various

Having released two-dozen mixtapes and EPs, and being one of the most sought after featured artists, it is hard to believe Punk is only Young Thug’s second studio album. This new era welcomes actual guitars and drums, and Thug’s honesty and stream-of-consciousness shines with inward vulnerability, especially on “Die Slow” and “Droppin’ Jewels.” Lead single “Tick Tock” is outstanding. “Hate the Game” is another standout. Each work is brief, made of vignettes, rather than a fully-fledged project. High-profile collabs with: Drake, Future, J. Cole, Doja Cat, Gunna, fun.’s Nate Ruess, the late Mac Miller and Juice Wrld all elevate the artistry.