- Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 13 reviews
USER SCORE
74
Based on
153 ratings

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84
Pitchfork

More than anything, Barter 6 feels like a 50-minute performance of what rap, as a form, can do: rap that need not transcend itself, towards High Art on one hand or commercial art on the other, in order to succeed in 2015.

80
HipHopDX

Barter 6 is the definitive mainstream strip club album of the modern era. This album may take clear mechanical cues from Weezy F Baby but the spirit is more Mystical’s Let’s Get Ready or Ying Yang Twinz’s United State of Atlanta.

80
XXL
If nothing else, Young Thug is keeping the rap game on its toes and might just bring out the best in his idol in the process.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Regardless of the form, Barter 6 offers a fantastic explication of the capabilities Thug has been honing — the capabilities of liminality.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Thug’s entire approach to his music has never sounded so polished and potent as it sounds on Barter 6.

70
Complex

On Barter 6, a rapper frequently dismissed as a druggie dance trapper inverts himself, yielding a passionate and personal record that's as insular as Earl's latest, but with charisma and color.

70
Billboard
This album offers cohesion and unity, though maybe at the expense of the exciting, what-will-happen next feel of past mixtapes.
70
AllMusic
Thug remains a unique mix of influences, with strains of Wayne, Migos, Lil B, and Future in his style, and yet he can skillfully ride a serene beat on "Numbers" or sound legitimately dangerous on "Check."
60
Spin
For the first time on a Young Thug release, you get the sense that he’s sitting around waiting to ascend to the next level of his sound, for inspiration to strike, though with such a laid-back, inscrutable flow, he might have to activate that change himself.
60
Rolling Stone
Too often, it all sounds boastful and sad in the same moment, like a promising young fighter warning you he can hit so hard it doesn't matter if he's too messed up to form a fist.
60
NOW Magazine

The Atlanta rapper's latest release plays the heartfelt off the ridiculous. He broke through with catchy singles Stoner, Danny Glover and Lifestyle, but Barter 6 eschews obvious hits for what feels like an attempt at crafting a cohesive work.

58
Consequence of Sound

Barter 6 feels like a step in the right direction rather than a destination, proof that Thugger can put together a complete package even if it’s less than adventurous.

Apr 25, 2015*
jpaps96
100
A modern blassic. one of the few perfect albums i have been lucky enough to hear.
Apr 22, 2017*
DEEPSLEEP
96
Check is the best rap song 2010-2017
Feb 2, 2016
swagkonyjohnson
20
While there's no doubt that Young Thug is "unique" in that he is an eccentric artist, that doesn't necessarily translate into good music. In fact, this mixtape/album is very underwhelming overall. Young Thug raps with at least a recognizable level of energy and charisma, but his verses, which are often incomprehensible and unintelligable, frequently sound very much like a bad freestyle, with rather bland bars that often lack direction or wit. And even if one decided to ignore his ... read more
Nov 22, 2015*
dyelir
83
It's as though Young Thug has thousands of melodies and hooks at his arsenal and we get a glimpse at some of the best on Barter 6. Every 10 seconds it seems as if he switches up his flow. There is a surprise around every corner on Barter 6, a playful compilation of tracks that show you not only rap as an art has yet to even come close to being fully saturated in terms of creativity but that Thugger himself is doing his best to discover its most eccentric pop tie-ins.
May 1, 2015
thisisabtlgrnd
85
EDIT: Really, the more I listen to this album, the more it becomes one of my favorite hip hop releases of 2015. Young Thug may not have a lot to say outside of the typical hip hop subject matter, but the way he approaches it and (especially) the way he raps is damn near revolutionary. Barter 6 is a great, catchy collection of songs and the best encapsulation yet of what Young Thug is capable of.

I thought this release was quite strong for what it is. Young Thug certainly does have a unique ... read more
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April 16, 2015 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
300 Entertainment, Atlantic / Label
Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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Track List
  1. Constantly Hating (featuring Birdman)
  2. With That (featuring Duke)
  3. Can't Tell (featuring T.I. & Boosie Badazz)
  4. Check
  5. Never Had It (featuring Young Dolph)
  6. Dream (featuring Yak Gotti)
  7. Dome (featuring Duke)
  8. Halftime
  9. Amazing (featuring Jacquees)
  10. Knocked Off (featuring Birdman)
  11. OD
  12. Numbers
  13. Just Might Be


Added on: April 16, 2015