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In a new interview for The Fader‘s 20th anniversary issue, 28-year-old rapper Young Thug speaks candidly on a myriad of subjects, from his new album So Much Fun, to dealing with song leaks and being misunderstood.

The interview takes place backstage at the Belgian music festival Tomorrowland, where a reportedly reserved Thugger, flanked by his entourage, delivers a rare insight into his life and artistic mind.

Find the best excerpts from Thug’s interview below.

His first mixtape titled I Came From Nothing rings true

“[If] you’re a truthful artist, you going to write about what you went through. I went through a lot… I used to hustle to get Bally shoes. Those’re, like, real memories.”

Now he’s ready to celebrate his wins

“This year I want 10 number one singles.”

And he’s already gearing up to release his next album Punk

“It’s most definitely touching music. It’s music that the world is going to embrace … [Punk] means brave, not self centered, conscious. Very, very neglected, very misunderstood. Very patient, very authentic.”

His music’s frequent leaks don’t bother him

“I feel good about [the leaks]. I probably never would have put [the leaked songs] out, so I’m just happy that they was out.”

He’s purposely refrained from releasing some music

“There’s time for everything, you know? Some music’s too advanced. I don’t want it to go over their heads. Some music is down to earth. Some music is perfect for whatever time it is. Some music is too big for time.”

He’s not afraid to be vulnerable & speaks openly about his mental health on social media

“I just want to open up. Let people know that I’m not just a rapper, I’m a human being. Let people know whatever they go through, I done been through or somebody done been through it. Those are the things that make people grow. People that want to commit suicide, you might give them another chance.”

Head over to The Fader for the full cover story.

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