Following the release of his debut single “Stoner,” Atlanta rapper Young Thug has warranted attention from a number of his fellow artists including Future and Chicago wordsmith Kanye West. In addition to receiving praise from Kanye, Young Thug says he’s had the opportunity to record a handful of songs with the Yeezus rapper, an opportunity he says left him “smiling ear to ear.”
“I mean, I went to his house and we did a couple of songs,” Young Thug said during an interview with Complex. “The fact that I was [making songs] so fast amazed him too, because he doesn’t see a lot of people who rap like that. I don’t really rap with a lot of people [because] everyone raps the same way. When I first heard he wanted to know who I was and do songs, I was smiling ear to ear like a clown.”
Young Thug also professed to being “a big fan of everything that” Kanye West does before speaking on another artist he looks up to.
While the 21-year-old rapper has had the opportunity to work with Ye, he says Lil Wayne is the one artist he’d like to work with more than anyone in the world. He spoke briefly on the Young Money rapper when asked if the lyricist has served as an influence on his musical style.
“Yeah. Because he has 10-15 years in the game on top and the fact that he knows he can lean back and retire and he still doesn’t,” he said. “I hope Wayne is listening, I want to get in the studio with Wayne more than anybody in the world. I’ll get in the studio with Wayne before Michael Jackson right now so I hope he listening.”
Currently signed to 1017 Brick Squad Records, Young Thug is rumored to be signing with Future’s Freebandz, but according to the rapper, the label move is one that may not happen.
“It’s not happening yet, I don’t know if it’s gonna happen,” Thug said. “Future said he wants to give me $1.5 million so you know how that goes. It just hasn’t happened yet.”
Prior to signing with the Gucci Mane-led 1017 Brick Squad Records, Young Thug released a handful of mixtapes including 2011’s I Came From Nothing. The rapper’s most recent release, 1017 Thug, includes guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Young Scooter, Maceo, and a number of other artists.