AOTY 2021
Young Thug - Punk
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #607 / 673
User Score
Based on 647 ratings
2021 Ratings: #784
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
Featuring a masterpiece of a collaboration with the late, great Mac Miller, this hugely inventive second studio album proves Thugger's all-time greatness.
80
Clash
Impactful and often unexpected, ‘PUNK’ breaks new ground within Young Thug’s identity.
71
Pitchfork

While Young Thug’s creative choices after about 2015 have had little sway over emerging trends, Punk suggests that the space he now occupies is one that allows him more room to experiment.

70
Rolling Stone
While it doesn’t have the standout moments of some of his previous albums, the rapper’s latest LP is a vibrant collection from one of music’s truest eccentrics.
70
AllMusic

Punk is relatively odd for an album that debuted at number one on the charts, sneaking some of Young Thug's inherent eccentricity in among its more commercially viable moments.

60
The Arts Desk

There are countless rappers who use a similar melodic flow, but none that can so effortlessly find hidden melodies in every beat.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Punk will likely not be remembered as a great Young Thug album, but we should appreciate that we get to hear him tinker with his sound for when he finally puts it all together again.

30
The Needle Drop

After the promising first leg, it's as if everyone making Punk forgets its direction.

BradTasteMusic
49
This is a victory lap album. An acoustic journey. He isn’t selling out. That’s just… like please it’s Young Thug. He has always been a hybrid artist. Yikes to that take.

This album is very complete in its aesthetic, but I found it to feel very stale and synthetic. The instrumentals don’t pop in any interesting way. The songs just exist to exist

I’m tired of ass skin
TomBejoy
65
Punk sadly manages to be the final straw to confirm Young Thug has lowkey sold out: and it's something I wish I wouldn't have to say.

For the longest time, Young Thug has been quite consistently my favorite trap artist, but from him putting on random clones on the map, to putting on everyone from his 7-year-old daughter to his partner on tracks, and to close it off: releasing products unusually bloated by his standards.

This doesn't mean Young Thug doesn't have a lot of great work under his ... read more
Thenotoriousbig
NR
Hype!!! This is going to be his best album, no Cap 🐍🐍🐍🐍
Manos
88
Punk is a record that saw delay after delay but it's finally here and I can confidently say that it's another victory lap for Thug. This might be his best project to date

Young Thug is probably one of (if not the best) trap artists of all time. From the tiny desk concert he did some months ago it was clear that he was dropping something special. That performance showcased the more ballad approach he would take on his upcoming release with acoustic guitars and pianos, while also ... read more
Case
75
While Punk is a flawed album that is a little too long and can sometimes be a little too inconsistent, there are just so many things I like about it and there are so many highlights for me that it makes up for it. I also really like the approach Young Thug took here and I think the result is really enjoyable, even if a little messy and inconsistent.
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Added on: August 22, 2019