By Ezra Marcus
After T.I. rapped his way through “No Mediocre,” Thugger jumped on stage for “About The Money.” His outfit alone constitutes a #NothingWasTheSame moment of cultural singularity: a minuscule brown blazer, skinny jeans, a pink bandana, and twin Princess Leia buns adorning his head like wings.
Take a moment, sit down, close all tabs (except this one) and think about what you’re seeing: a rapper concerned with the same lyrical content that’s frightened suburban parents for decades appearing on a mainstream talk show dressed like some space-age fusion of a businessman and little girl, and killing it.
T.I. basks in Thug’s unhinged presence like a proud father/hype man, seemingly awed by what he’s allowed to happen. There’s no precedent. That’s the point: Young Thug doesn’t study history, he makes it.