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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.
80
HipHopDX

With Punk, Thugger continues to expand his game to the point of reaching true limitlessness; he’s like a young, athletic slasher in basketball who expands his repertoire to become well-rounded and achieve longevity in the sport.

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
70

(Ignore the review it grew on me)

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.

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Thenotoriousbig
NR

Hype!!! This is going to be his best album, no Cap 🐍🐍🐍🐍

Cashiscoolest
78

First 15 or so are pretty good but after that it gets to be a bit much. I do like the Mac track though.

AnyborGG
60

its ok

Soi
57

An emotional album for young thug. Good but it can get pretty boring and uninspiring.

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Track List

1Die Slow
3:57
feat. Strick
69
2Stressed
3:40
67
3Stupid/Asking
5:33
66
4Recognize Real
2:51
feat. Gunna
64
5Contagious
2:30
70
6Peepin Out The Window
3:57
feat. Future, BSlime
71
7Rich Nigga Shit
2:57
68
8Livin It Up
3:30
64
9Yea Yea Yea
2:24
56
10Insure My Wrist
2:48
feat. Gunna
63
11Scoliosis
2:50
59
12Bubbly
2:45
73
13Road Rage
2:32
59
14Faces
2:12
66
15Droppin Jewels
3:38
70
16Fifth Day Dead
2:30
65
17Icy Hot
3:36
feat. Doja Cat
46
18Love You More
3:41
72
19Hate The Game
2:44
68
20Day Before
2:15
75
Total Length: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Year End Lists

#29/Rolling Stone
#31/Complex
#45/NME
#46/Crack Magazine
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Added on: August 22, 2019