All week, Atlanta weirdo-rapper Young Thug and Metro Boomin--ATL producer to the weirdo-rapper stars--have been beefing hard. It's a lot to describe and kind of pointless now that it's over and has resulted in the hard-hitting "Hercules", but the talking points—worth going over since these two even have a superteam name, Metro Thuggin—were:
–The 22-year-old Metro subtweeted rappers trying to flood the game with as many projects as Future, the king of modern rap who isn't Drake or Kendrick, the man who's dropped five full-length collections in the last year.
–The 24-year-old Thug, who's dropped three tapes since April (September's Slime Season and Halloween's Slime Season 2 came six weeks apart), took offense, talked shit. Choice tweets: "I think if you guys were to stop drinking so much cheap liquor and high-tech syrup you would be able to think before speaking and typing" and "uma beat the shit out u fool..." Just last night he tweeted, "EVERYBODY SAY FUCK @metroboomin !!!!" with two laughing-so-hard-I'm-crying emojis. It linked to an Instagram video that's since been deleted.
Then they...dropped "Hercules"?
Metro says the beef wasn't fake ("There was a real misunderstanding with real emotions but it's resolved. Thugger my brother 4 life"), this other guy says it was fake because the two were FaceTiming. Anyone still care?
So: "Hercules" is a free download and an all-the-way certified banger. It leads with a Metro shoutout tag from Future, one that Thug mirrors right after, which is just perfect. The track works for Thug newbies and vets alike; it's got all his flavors in one dish, from warble-screeches to Sinatra-on-syrup croons to his penchant for a bizarrely turnt chorus.
Regardless of whether the beef gets reignited, Thug and Metro aren't going anywhere but up. In 2015 alone, the producer's given us most of the Drake/Future mixtape What a Time to Be Alive, more than 50 percent of Future's Dirty Sprite 2, Travi$ Scott's eight-minute Rodeo super-single "3500" (with 2 Chainz and, you guessed it, Future) and smashes from Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, Kid Ink and more.
Thugger, meanwhile, is out there getting written up in the New York Times, hanging out with Fuse at Lollapalooza and building up to his label debut, Hy!£UN35, after more than four years on the mixtape scene.