Last night Atlanta rapper Young Thug released his much-anticipated mixtape “No, My Name is JEFFREY”with an album release party hosted by Youtube. A live broadcast took place where fans and viewers who were unable to attend had the opportunity to see the live party and listen to the album via YouTube. Young Thug shared a mixtape trailer where he looks tired and keeps telling people, “No, my name is Jeffery.” Well the mixtape is here and has created quite a lot of conversation.
“I named the songs after all my idols…” Young Thug wrote on Instagram. Although the track list is not the same as what he previously posted, the mixtape includes songs titled: “Wyclef Jean” (one of my favourites), Gucci Mane (“Guwop”), Rihanna (“RiRi”), and most interestingly, “Harambe”, (in honor of the gorilla who sparked controversy earlier this year was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year). Thug’s original setlist included a song titled “Kanye West”. On the mixtape it was changed to “Pop Man”, which was simply a renamed version of the previously shared “JOHN”. While most of them do not seem to have anything to do with their names, it is certainly something he does to pry. Travis Scott and Quavo also appear on the mixtape with “Pick Up the Phone”.
Shortly after the announcement that they would start playing their first song, a ruffled lavender skirt and Asian cone hat were revealed with Young Thug’s performance looking even more avant-garde than before. This is not the first time we have seen Young Thug challenge gender norms, we have seen Thug on the cover of Dazed Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue wearing a floral Gucci top, he also posed in a Molly Goddard Tulle robe that had a sheer top, and a whimsical tutu at the bottom, like ballerina.
As well as a recent Calvin Klein campaign when he made a comment about gender norms stating, “There is no such thing as gender,” he said. “In my world, of course, it doesn’t matter you can be a gangster in a dress or you can be a gangster in baggy pants.”
It all started in New York when rapper and photographer Garfield Larmond stopped to talk with VFILES founder Julie Anne Quay as Thug would be mentoring a VFILES fashion panel where they discussed some of fashion. During the meeting, photos by Italian designer Alessandro Trincone went by and Thug said, “What was that? I need it.” Then something unexpected happened, VFILES said, ‘We can give you all the clothing in Atlanta.’ Alessandro Trincone’s “Annodami” collection is inspired by Japanese kimonos and trousers. The idea behind the clothes is all Young Thug ideas which makes it so much fun knowing this ATL “Criminal” unafraid to push the new age concept that gender roles can be redefined, manipulated, and even changed.
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