Brixton Academy, London
There are reminders of why the idiosyncratic rapper is so revered, but this set is rushed and perfunctory
Wearing dresses on album covers, fusing trap with country way before Old Town Road existed, and delivering nutty puns in a half-rapped, half-sung flow, Atlanta’s Young Thug has taught a new generation of rappers how to blow up without sacrificing their individuality.
The artist’s rushed set – he is clearly holding back ahead of his appearance at the Wireless festival this weekend – is nevertheless filled with reminders of why he is so highly thought of. “Open up the mosh pit!” he instructs before launching into street anthem With That, spitting bars that reference Sonic the Hedgehog and washing-up detergent with real vigour. He smiles as chaos ensues, with one man’s hat flying into the abyss. Euphoric banger Wyclef Jean prompts even bigger singalongs, and Thug assumes a rockstar demeanour as he bounces across the stage.