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Young Thug (or Thugger, for short) is the stage name of American musician Jeffrey Lamar Williams, known for his eccentric style of rapping and high pitched slurred voice. Young Thug is also known for his odd lyrics and his humorous internet personality, as well as for belonging to the rap supergroup Rich Gang.
In 2011-2012, Young Thug released his Came From Nothing mixtape series. The series caught the eye of rapper and record label owner Gucci Mane, who signed him to his 1017 Brick Squad Label. After being signed, Young Thug released a mixtape titled 1017 Thug, which received praise from critics, including a spot in Pitchfork's "Honorable Mentions," and Complex Magazine's "100 best albums of the year". The mixtape was also highlighted in Rolling Stone and The Guardian.
In 2013, Young Thug released a song titled "Danny Glover," (later renamed "2 Bitches") which was acclaimed by fans, receiving 4 million views on YouTube as of August 2015. The song was remixed by other rappers including Waka Flocka Flame and Nicki Minaj.
In September 2015, Young Thug released a mixtape titled "Slime Season", which was given generally favorable reviews from 4 reviews. The mixtape had reached 2 million downloads from the mixtape site, Datpiff. A month later, Thugger released Slime Season 2, which was given universal acclaim from Metacritic from 4 reviews, and had been downloaded over a million times.
After a series of collaborations with Birdman's label (with which he signed a management deal), Young Thug appeared on the first single of the second Rich Gang album "Rich Gang 2" titled "Lifestyle". The song received 166 million views on YouTube as of August 2015 and was praised by critics. Online, the song received negative attention by people citing its unintelligible and poorly written lyrics, who often parodied Young Thug's portion of the song.
On December 22nd, 2011, as well as January 14th, 2012, Young Thug posted two tweets in which he mentions "smoking penises" (shown below), in addition to using the Internet slang term no homo. The tweets caused fans of Young Thug to theorize about his sexuality.
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) January 14, 2012
No homo we smokin penises!!!!
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) December 22, 2011
According to an Urban Dictionary definition, written July 15th, 2006, "Penis Smoke" refers to "Crack pipe smoking. Smoke from a "glass dick"". On January 16, 2015 a similar line appeared on the leaked song "Friend Of Scotty" that goes "No homo, but my blunt look like a dick".
On April 13, 2015 YouTube channel FILNOBEP made a video titled "Young Thug Disses Lil Wayne + Rich Homie Quan Ain't Gay" (shown below) parodying Young Thug's questionably homosexual lyrics, where he mentions the line.
The song received over 700,000 views. An alternate version of the video received over 25,000 views.
Carter 6/Barter 6 controversy
On April 7th, 2015, Young Thug revealed the release date and artwork of his new album Carter VI a title that pays homage to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter series,  but Lil Wayne and his daughter claimed that the title was used without permission. Young Thug later changed the title of the album to Barter 6, using the Blood gang style of replacing the letter C with the letter B.
Upon release of Barter 6, the album had only sold 16k in the first week. However, the album was met with generally positive reviews, including 4/5 reviews from Tiny Mix Tapes, XXL, and an 8.4/10 from Pitchfork.
Ride in that Pussy Like a Stroller
Ride in that Pussy Like a Stroller is a line by Young Thug on the song, I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) by UK producer Jamie xx. The line is often pointed out for its ridiculousness and nonsensical obscenity.
In July of 2015, he was arrested twice in 24 hours, once for threatening to kill a mall officer, and later for drug and gun charges after a raid in his home.
 Fact Mag – the 20 best mixtapes of 2013
 Wikipedia – Gucci Mane
 Gossip On This – Young Thug Enjoys Smoking Penises
 Urban Dictionary – Penis Smoke
 Genius – No homo, but my blunt look like a dick
 Complex – Young Thug Announces 'Carter 6' Release Date, Unveils Artwork
 BillBoard – Lil Wayne & Young Thug: A Timeline of Their Friendship Turned Beef
 Pitchfork – Albums of the Year – Honorable Mention
 Complex – The 50 Best Albums of 2013
 Rolling Stones – Best Mixtapes of 2013
 The Guardian – The five best mixtapes of 2013
 Radio (via Wayback Machine) – Thanks to Lil Wayne, Young Thug’s New Album Is No Longer Called ‘Carter VI’
 BallerStatus – Young Thug Arrested For Threatening To Kill Mall Cop
 BallerStatus – Young Thug Hit With Felony Drug, Gun Charges
 Uproxx (via Wayback Machine) – Barter 6 Sales Low
 Metacritic – Slime Season
 Metacritic – Slime Season 2
 Datpiff – Slime Season
 Datpiff – Slime Season 2
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