One of four "agenda-setters" to cover DAZED Magazine's autumn "The New Agenda" issue, Young Thug opens up about his "eccentric" world. Although the southern rapper doesn't dig very deep into his personal life, Thugger does give readers an overview of his songwriting process, his ambition for the paper chase, his love for Atlanta, and the differences in hygienic standards between he and Travi$ Scott. Check out the photos above, excerpt below, and head over to DAZED Digital for the full feature.
On his songwriting process
"I think as I go. I can’t remember 16 bars. Unless you write it, you can’t. I just do it bar for bar. I did a song in eight minutes. I thought everybody could write songs that fast. But working with a lot of them, they don’t. Wayne and Drake, it takes them so long to do a song. I understand why, because they want it to be perfect. But I think I can do a perfect song in ten minutes. I did "Danny Glover" in eight minutes. "Stoner" took me almost an hour."
On his tour with Travi$ Scott
"Me and Travi$ Scott tour our shit like a rodeo, so it isn’t about clothes. We played 29 shows, and I brought, like, 32 Balmains. I switch clothes every set. He don’t. That nigga wear the same shoes, boxers, pants, every fuckin’ day. I’m like, 'Bro. Hell no. I’m a man. I have a girl. I have kids. My girl notice.'"
On his hometown
"I honestly wouldn’t move. The people might make you leave, but I’m a people person. I stayed in the ghetto. Then I stayed in condos, then I stayed in penthouses, and then I stayed in mansions. Why am I gonna move to LA or Miami? Atlanta is the number one place to live. You live better, you eat better, the rides are better, vehicles is better deals. It’s better people. More mean people, but at my level you want it to be about business, so it’s perfect for me. I’ve got a condo in Miami but I don’t live in it. That shit be rented out."
On his family being his biggest fans
"Six girls and five boys. I’m the youngest boy. It was hard at times, especially where we come from. But it was amazing because a lot of people don’t have the immediate family we do. It was so much fun, you know? I didn’t finish school. I did everything stupid. So when they hear metaphors and good lyrics, they think, ‘Wow. How did you know that? Why did you think like that?’ They’re kind of my biggest fans because they know me better. It can be amazing to them."