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Earlier this month, flyers were passed out at Rolling Loud Festival teasing a collaboration between Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott titled “The London.” Following a recent YouTube livestream hosted by Thug, the T-Minus-produced track is officially here.
Although Cole and Thug haven’t collaborated on a song before, Cole is reportedly serving as the executive producer on Thug’s next album. The Atlanta rapper also opened for Cole on last year’s KOD tour.
During a May 2018 interview with Angie Martinez, Cole praised Thug’s influence on hip-hop.
“If you want to talk about Young Thug as an artist, he’s an innovator,” he said. “If you know skills, and you know the art of rapping, and you know how you put words together, and you know pockets, and you know flows, and you know the things he’s doing with his voice, dude is a genius.”
The track also marks Cole’s first collaboration with Travis. Meanwhile, Thug and Travis have a long history together on songs like “Skyfall,” “Maria I’m Drunk,” and “Pick Up the Phone.”
Thug dropped his On the Rvn EP last year, but hasn’t released a full-length solo project since 2017’s Beautiful Thugger Girls.
Listen to the song above, Download Here and read all the lyrics to Young Thug’s “the london” featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott on Fox Naija below.
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[Verse 1: J. Cole] Yeah
Circumnavigate the globe, as the cash grows (Grow)
Get a nigga whacked, like you get the grass mowed (Mowed)
I'm talkin' slick, runnin' with the Big Slime, nigga (Slime)
Could hit your bitch, you could never hit mine, nigga (Mine)
In my DM, they electric slide, nigga (Huh, slide)
No catfishing, this is not a fish fry, nigga Never switch sides on my dog
Catch a contact, hit you right, go to Mars Everybody sing
How could you come up out your face and say I ain't the hottest nigga you done never heard?
I left a flock of rappers dead and burned
A verse from me is like "11 Birds"
I did the math it’s like 2000 dollars every word I'm on the verge, I'll beat the charge
I killed some niggas and I walked away from it Then I observe, just how you curve
And told them niggas that they gotta wait for me I know, I know you in hot demand
I'm balling on a pussy nigga like Juwanna Mann
I'm drowning all inside the pussy like I never swam
Ayy, fuck your IG, I put somethin' on your sonogram
I'm the man (Ayy, ayy)
[Chorus: Travis Scott] You can meet me at The London
If you find time, we can run one
Talk about some things, we can't undo
You just send the pin, I can find you 6'1", on the money, 9'2"
You just say the word and I’ll run through
Two texts, no reply, that’s when I knew
I knew, I knew, yeah, I knew
[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Pimp talk, church talk
I can make a brick walk (Woo)
Up north, down south
Bankhead the ritual (Aye)
Hit it with a little water
Stretch it like a vocal chord
STD, I run my ward
Fuck a fed and his daughter
I'ma run the compound (Yeah)
I supply the cigarettes and bread (Woo)
I got a main and she gon' ride (Uhh)
She took a quarter and she fled (Uhh)
I'm in the Lamb so she gon' ride (Yeah)
I see the pain in shorty's light brown eyes (Ooh)
I'm at The London with some big thighs (Ooh)
No fries, she eat steaks with the fish sides
Did your mama tell you when something on fire, stop, drop and roll? (Aww yeah)
I've been on the road like a pair of sprinters at Stop and Go's (Yeah)
I could charge them like a Dodge in a demon
Got your broad in the garage eatin' semen
Every time a nigga go back to the ward
Niggas act like they wanna start
And we leave them on the cement (Grrat, grrat)