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Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1

A new rap supergroup rises on a ridiculously fun mixtape

Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1

20 Sep 2014 --- The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards show on September 20, 2014 at the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. Pictured: Rich Gang --- Image by © Aaron J. Thornton/Splash News/Corbis

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Very few people in music – or on Earth – are having as much fun right now as Young Thug. This is the ascendant Atlanta rapper’s third great mixtape of 2014, and as usual, “rapping” only approximates what he does: Check “Flava” and “730” to hear Thug stretch his voice like Silly String, spraying come ons, boasts and pure nonsense in wheezy, joyful yelps. What makes Tha Tour his best project to date is two sterling sidekicks. Rich Homie Quan’s cold-soul verses and hooks (“War Ready,” “I Know It,” “Bullet”) give the tape weight and substance, and Birdman’s golden-toilet arrogance glazes it all in absurd luxury.

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