Thug’s Business is Business: The Album That’s Breaking Chains
Young Thug dropped his third studio album, Business Is Business, while he’s in the slammer, awaiting trial on racketeering charges. The dude’s been in the clink for over a year, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing some fresh beats.
The Star-Studded Lineup
This album is like the Avengers of the rap world, man. We’ve got features from Drake, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, and Nate Ruess. It’s a veritable who of the industry.
The Gunna Gap: The Missing Link in Business Is Business
There was a lot of chatter about whether Thug would address his situation with Gunna on the album. But nah, he didn’t go there. According to GQ, some fans thought they spotted subliminal messages in the lyrics, but that’s all speculation. Gunna’s absence from the album is noticeable, though, and it’s got people talking.
The Music on Business is Business
The album starts with a track called “Parade on Cleveland,” which features a smooth R&B verse from Drake and a mixed verse from Thug that mimics Drake’s style. The album has a few standout tracks like “Went Thru It,” “Gucci Grocery Bag,” and “Money on the Dresser.”
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The Complex Music staff weren’t feeling “Money on the Dresser,” calling it the biggest skip on the album. AN opinion I disagree with. What do you think?
The Highs and Lows: Standout Tracks and Skips in Business Is Business
The album’s got some mixed reviews. Some folks think it’s one of Thug’s strongest projects since So Much Fun, while others feel it doesn’t quite hit the high bar set by his previous works. The Complex Music staff had some differing opinions, with some feeling the album was a bit disconnected at times, while others appreciated the love and support shown by Thug’s music friends.
The Jury’s Out: The Mixed Verdict on ‘Business Is Business’
Most music writers agree: Business Is Business is a reminder of Young Thug’s unique style and inventive approach to music. Despite its release circumstances, the album still has standout moments and ranks among the top rap albums of the year so far. It’s not Thug’s strongest work, but it’s definitely not his worst. It’s a testament to his resilience and determination in adversity.
We’ll have a deeper dive into the Business Is Business soon. In the meantime, check out an article about one of Thugger’s producers: Best Pi’erre Bourne Beats: The Definitive Collection