Back in September, Young Thug released his latest mixtape, Jeffrey, naming the first song on the project "Wyclef Jean." The rapper also recruited Jean himself for his track titled, "Kanye West," and as it turns out, their collaboration still has the former Fugees member feeling inspired.
In a recent interview with Pigeons & Planes, the veteran musician refers to Thugger as a "revolutionary" while also comparing him to some of music history's biggest names.
"He reminded me of a modern Tupac, in a sense — in a revolutionary sense," Jean shares. "I mean that by, alright, you might see a thug, but his connection to history seemed similar to what Pac understood, of like, 'This is who the Black Panthers are. Read this book, read that book.' This kid understands."
Not only did he compare him to Tupac, but he also poses the question, "What's really the difference between what [David] Bowie was doing and what this kid is doing?"
"Because when Bowie was doing it, a group of people understood what he was doing, obviously," Jean elaborates. "And then there were people who didn’t understand what the f**k he was doing. And those people saying Thugga is a revolutionary fully get what he is doing. Because he is a revolutionary, he’s changing the thought pattern."
Talk about an incredible compliment, especially coming from someone as talented and influential as Jean.
"Come on man, in what era can a rapper show up in a full-blown gown, a dress?" Jean continues praising the 25-year-old. "And have it still be like, 'Yo, that’s still Young Thug, what you wanna do about it?' This is changing perceptions. Because for my daughter, that’s normal. My daughter, she feels like, what’s wrong with somebody different? What’s wrong with them being themselves?"
In addition to referring to the rapper as "genius," he also detailed what it was like working with him in the studio, mentioning that during their creative process he was amazed while seeing Thug in action.
We have to admit, Jean brings up some interesting and spot-on observations. Check out his recent interview in full here.
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