Gender norms are not such a new subject in 2016 – but for plenty of people, in and out of hip hop, masculinity is non-moving. There is only one type of man.
Young Thug’s attempt at tearing down some of those entrenched ideas, with the cover of his mixtape Jeffery, was one of this summer’s biggest talking points.
Now speaking to V magazine Thugger has a very simple message: “Stop believing in genders.”
The Atlanta-born rapper became known through his street-heavy raps, so seeing him on his heavily promoted mixtape wearing a dress – albeit one inspired by Mortal Kombat – was shocking for some people.
Many believed it was a publicity stunt to sell more records, but that theory was put to bed when Thug – now also known by real-name Jeffery – admitted to wearing women’s clothing form a young age, and getting beaten by his dad because of it.
His latest project was a step in a new direction, with the 25-year-old admitting the next album, due at the end of this year, will take it even further: “It’ll probably be f****** 10 times harder than Jeffery. Like this one was kind of Jeffery, but it was still kind of street. This one is gonna be just fully Jeffery.”