Young Thug: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Sidney Madden | July 27, 2021
Young Thug looks right at home in the lush, almost regal, gardens of The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles. The serenity of the chosen location might seem too delicate for the punk-rock raps Thug and his crew reverberate through the grounds, but as hip-hop’s impactful oddball, oxymoronic magic has always been his strong suit.

For the last decade, the world of rap has lived, learned and been liberated while under the influence of Young Thug. His contorted cadence, visionary fashion sense and freaky, frantic wordplay have inspired an entire generation of artists to no end. And now, the Atlanta iconoclast is evolving yet again. Not only is he wading through the waters of punk with his forthcoming album, Punk — Thug is using his Tiny Desk debut to usher in his next era, one that’s meant to represent “authenticity, consciousness and overall purity.” Premiering songs off his long-teased album (due out Oct. 15), the Grammy winner’s rhymes slither along smoothly no matter how rough the music, taking fans on a journey of energy and emotion.

“I’m just seeking for God’s soul ’cause I know something’s missing,” a peach-haired Thug admits on his opener, “Die Slow,” before divulging specific hardships that shape his music. It’s a small sample of the tests in life that inspire lines like, “You gotta go through this s*** with your heart / You can’t snooze on it” and prompt him to celebrate even the smallest wins with VVS diamonds and exotic vacations. By the time the sun sets and the crew is joined by famed drummer Travis Barker for a fresh rendition of the chart-topping “Ski,” the surge of triumphant excitement is almost too much for him to contain. But then again, why would he want to?

SET LIST
“Die Slow”
“Droppin Jewels”
“Hate The Game”
“Tick Tock”
“Ski”

MUSICIANS
Young Thug: vocals
Tim Stewart: guitar
Jonny Goood: bass
Tosh Peterson: drums
Travis Barker: drums

CREDITS
Video: Hidden Road Studios
Audio: Demetrius Moore and Angad “Bainz” Bains
Creative Director: Meggan Mckenzie
Director: Tom Kirk
Cinematography: John Barrett
Management & A&R: Geoffrey Ogunlesi
Production Manager: Paul Lovell Butt
Camera Operator: Erick Turcios
Tour Director: JP Firmin
Band Fixer: Adam Blackstone
Gaffer: Marc Patterson
1st AC: Melissa Martine
Key Grip: Christian Guerrero
Production Assistant: Duane Avery
Assistant Mix Engineer: Aresh Banaji
Assistant Engineering: Bernard Chavez

TINY DESK TEAM
Producers: Sidney Madden, Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Gabrielle Pierre
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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