The single releases on August 16th, commemorating Young Thug’s 31st birthday. In the song Dash Gwoppo references his views on how Black art is being used in the criminalization of Black artists and shares his experiences of being a close friend to the label owner and YSL artists. The music video, set for release on August 19th, will show personal videos, photos and behind the scenes in studios and with family. This track is from the upcoming EP of the same name and will feature lyrics from close friends Unfoonk and BSlime, brother and nephew to Atlanta rapper Young Thug, respectively and other artists.
“Free my slimes they trynna label us. Tell me how they lock a LABEL up? Asked where we was ‘sposed to sit, so we pulled a table up”
– verse from “No Bond”
The arrests and recent indictments of many YSL Record label artists in Atlanta has sparked many conversations concerning the freedom of expression and the criminalization of hip hop.
“Since the 1990s, police and prosecutors have used lyrics to build and try criminal cases against rap artists. It’s weak evidence and lazy prosecution that blurs the distinction between entertainment and criminal confession. And it’s only happening in hip-hop.”
-Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael, co-hosts of NPR Music’s “Louder Than A Riot”