Young Thug – The London Ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
Young Thug may be working on his debut studio album ‘GØŁDMØÜFDÖG’ pronounced ‘Gold Mouf Dog.’ If not, this album will follow Thug’s last mixtape ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ released in June 2017. The new song released “The London” is a part of this upcoming album project.
Released on May 23, 2019, “The London” is the first taste of what’s to come in Young Thug’s upcoming ‘GØŁDMØÜFDÖG’ project. This song features vocals by rappers J. Cole and Travis Scott. This is this trio’s first collaboration together. Young Thug teased the upcoming song on May 22, in a teaser clip on Twitter.
After dropping the single, Young Thug also revealed the artwork for the song on Instagram;
The song titled “The London” refers to ‘The London NYC’ high-end luxury hotel suite in Manhattan.
Listen to “The London” by Young Thug Ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott
Travis Scott kicks off the song with the chorus. He invites someone to meet him at The London NYC to talk about the things they can “undo” together. One would only want to undo mistakes they have done in the past. However, in real life there is no ‘undo’ button. You can only reminesce, reflect, adjust yourself and move forward.
6 feet 1 inch is Travis’s claim to his height. However, when he climbs on his stacks of money, he becomes 9 feet 2 inches. Metaphorically, Travis Scott’s wealth stacks up 3 feet and 1 inch.
Travis’s invite for this girl to meet him at The London may be a lost cause, as he says he has not received a reply to his 2-3 texts to her.
The first verse on “The London” is done by J. Cole. He starts off by flaunting his global presence in music and how that has earned him loads of cash. He also shouts out to the collaborator Young Thug by referring with his nickname ‘Big Slime.’
Being a rapper of J. Cole’s calibre and celebrity, he must be constantly getting invites from females for misconduct. J. Cole spills out how many direct messages (DM’s) he is getting on social media, but he is not about that ‘catfishing’ life. ‘Catfishing’ is the act of getting to meet someone met online under false pretences.
Next, J. Cole explains to us how much he is valued in the industry right now. He switched his gears up to be different and this has made him depart the generic flock of ‘birds’ or rappers behind. ‘Bird’ is also slang for cocaine and in the next line J. Cole estimates his value in terms of cocaine. For a feature verse by J. Cole, he is paid the amount of ’11 birds’ i.e. 11 bricks of cocaine. As per blogs, a brick of cocaine could cost anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000. Hence, a verse by J. Cole gets him paid approximately $400K!!! “Two thousand dollars every word” is J. Cole’s estimate which goes in line with the math above!
J. Cole ends his verse by claiming that he has no interest in the pictures of your Instagram. Instead he is more capable of putting a picture on her sonogram. A sonogram is a device used to monitor the movement of a baby during pregnancy.
Young Thug performs the second verse on “The London.”
He starts off by boasting his lyrical skills. He could sell cocaine with either ‘pimp talk’ or ‘church talk.’ He will get the job done either way.
Even in the compound, Youn Thug has influence. He would sell cigarettes and bread and still be infectious with his music. He metaphorically implies that he will have sexual relationships with the daughters of the cops who imprisons him and spread his STD-music.
Thug also talks about being in an intimate relationship with a girl with ‘light brown eyes.’ It could be the same girl, with big thighs, he gets physical with at The London as these lyrics dictate.
It is debateable if Young Thug managed to shine on his own track in the face of verses by J. Cole and Travis Scott. Let us hear what you think about this collaboration in the comments below. Add your own interpretations to the lyrics in the comments.
Complete Lyrics to “The London” by Young Thug