March 23, 2018 / 4:43 AM

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Don't Expect Young Thug To Create Some New Music This Year: Here's Why


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Young Thug performs at the Pandora Presents: The ATL. The rapper has announced that he will not release a new record this year as a tribute to his brother. Instead, his next project will come out sometime in 2019.   ( Paras Griffin | Getty Images )

After announcing that he will change his rapper name to SEX, Young Thug has revealed that he might not release a new music anytime soon. 

No New Music

In a recent interview, the Atlanta-born artist explained that he does not have any plans to release a new album this year for a surprisingly poignant reason: he is doing it out of respect for his deaf brother. 

"I've got a brother who can't hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year," said the rapper. "So I ain't going to put out no music this year."

He has, however, new materials ready to be released in 2019. He said that he has been working on his next album Hi-Tunes since 2015. 

In his last update, the "All Da Smoke" rapper promised that the album is on its way.

Fans, however, would not be denied of the rapper's artistry. Young Thug has already hopped on tracks with A-Trak, Trouble, and Shad Da God earlier this year. He also appears in three of the tracks in fellow Atlantan rapper Young Scooter's mixtape, Trippple Cross

More recently, it was reported that the rapper and Drake have a never-been-released collaborative track. Music producer Bricks Da Mane recently shared a throwback photo on Instagram that features Drake and Young Thug in the studio. 

"We actually did another song that hasn't been released," he wrote on the caption. "Tag @akadmiks til 2500 comments and I'll play the sneak peek."

The producer has not revealed many details. It has been nearly a year since More Life was released and Young Thug has appeared in two more cuts of the mixtape. 

However, apparently, there are more tracks born from the collaboration. The comments on Bricks Da Mane's Instagram post have already reached 3,000 comments as of this writing, but he still has not given fans the preview of the unheard track. 

There might even be more pre-recorded guest tracks that will be released throughout the year. 

Name Change

More recently, he made headlines because he wanted to change his name to SEX. The rapper did not offer an explanation, but this is not the first time that he attempted to change his rapper name. 

In 2016, after he released his mixtape Jeffrey, he said that he will change his name to No, My Name is Jeffrey if the record sells 100,000 copies in its first week of availability. 

"I had a long-term relationship with Young Thug and I'm kind of picky. So I felt like I ain't wanna be in front of Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I ain't want my kids to grow up and call me Thug," he said back then. "I don't want anybody to kind of look at me like that. So I'm gonna just use my real name."

The mixtape went on to debut at number eight of the Billboard 200 and sold 37,000 album equivalent units. The name Jeffrey, however, did not stick. 


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