YSL artist Unfoonk’s new album: Young Thug’s older brother Unfoonk steps into the spotlight for his debut mixtape.
Young Thug‘s label Young Stoner Life released the second rendition of their Slime Language compilation in April. Some of the game’s biggest names like Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Future, Kid Cudi and Big Sean made appearances on the project alongside YSL artists Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Keed and more.
Also included in the tracklist was a relatively unknown artist named Unfoonk — seen on the eighth song “Real” with his younger brother Young Thug. Unfoonk not only held is own on the track with the trap legend, but he slid on the hook, throwing his name into hip-hop conversations overnight.
I asked my ex why she lied to me
She told me, “Unfoonk, why you play me?”
I told that bitch please stop lyin’
Hey, check the Rollie, bitch, it’s my time“Real (feat. Unfoonk)” — Young Stoner Life & Young Thug
Unfoonk’s early career was derailed when he went to prison to serve a life sentence in 2008. While imprisoned, his brother, the blossoming rapper Young Thug, had promised him he would find a way to get him released. After devoting money and resources to this cause, Unfoonk was released eleven years later in late-2019, immediately starting to make music.
Unfoonk dropped his first project On the Way in 2019, which featured other YSL artists Lil Gotit and Bslime twice. Then in 2020, alluding to his time in prison, he dropped his next project 11 Years No Tears, which featured the original version of “Mob Ties” that was remixed on the Slime Language 2 deluxe.
After Slime Language 2‘s release, Young Stoner Life and Unfoonk began promoting his upcoming album. He first alluded to the project in his May interview with HotNewHipHop where it was originally titled Second Wind.
Unfoonk was seen in the studio collaborating with artists like Future and G Herbo in the weeks leading up to the album. After gaining notoriety with “Real,” it was time for Unfoonk to elevate his career with top notch features.
Ahead of the album’s release, Unfoonk released the single “Temperature” on June 15, with contemplative lyrics about all that he has overcome, over a laid back trap instrumental.
I finally got a second chance, I ain’t tryna ruin it
I’m still gettin’ jail calls, put money on security
I know my brother down the road proud of me, too many
Let’s keep on goin’ and keep fightin’, you’ll overturn the sentence“Temperature” — Unfoonk
My Struggle is set to release Friday (June 18), as Unfoonk is poised to step out of his brother Young Thug’s shadow and shine on his own.
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