Young Thug Fires Up ‘Fallon’ With T.I. in Network TV Debut

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.08.14 in News

Young Thug can check off another item on his list of Atlanta’s Next Big Rap Thing bona fides. The 21-year-old eccentric has rapped with Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame. His hit “Danny Glover” was remixed by Nicki Minaj. He appeared on Future’s Honest. In a broader Southern rap context, there’s the fact Thug has said he’ll call his album Carter VI, as a tribute to Lil Wayne; he also just turned up on a new Juicy J track. Last night, Thug made his network TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, looking every bit the next-gen Wayne protégé: Princess Leia hair, skinny jeans, pink scarf hanging from those jeans. He joined T.I., who was performing a medley of “No Mediocre” (without its guest, the ubiquitous Iggy Azalea) and Thug-featuring “About the Money,” both from the elder ATLien’s upcoming Paperwork album. The Roots backed up the rappers, and unusual sartorial decisions aside, it was a thrill to see T.I. looking so reinvigorated next to such a charismatically drawling co-star. “Blurred Lines” could be from another universe, except Pharrell had a hand in Paperwork, too. One last nod to Southern rap’s heritage as the performance ended: “Learned that from UGK back in ‘Pocketful of Stones.’”