(AllHipHop News) Love him or hate him, Young Thug is arguably the biggest breakout rap star of 2014. From doing features with Tip to touring with YMCMB’s Birdman to posting questionable social media messages about his sexuality, the 23-year-old Atlanta rapper was everywhere over the last 12 months. Thugger’s huge year ends with a feature with Rolling Stone.
In the article, Young Thug talks about his life growing up as one of 11 siblings, his time in a juvenile-detention program (where he says all he did there was “gamble, smoke and f**k”), and his turn toward music.
“Anyone can rap if you’ve got brains,” said Thug. “So I just went with it.”
After dropping the Internet hits “Stoner” and “Danny Glover,” Thug connected with Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams and fellow ATL native Rich Homie Quan to be part of the Rich Gang single “Lifestyle” and mixtape Tha Tour Part 1. Birdman offered high praise for Young Thug to RS.
“He looks to me like an animal locked in a cage, ready to eat the world up,” said Birdman about his latest protegé. “Without a doubt, he’s going to be a superstar. He’s special.”
Thug’s other big 2014 collaborator T.I. stood up for him as well. During a CRWN interview, Tip defended his Atlanta comrade against criticism about his signature delivery.
“Let me ask you – Did you understand everything ODB was saying?” asked Tip. “Did you understand everything Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was saying? Did your momma and daddy understand everything James Brown was saying? Your momma and daddy didn’t understand what James Brown was saying. They just liked it.”