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Young Thug

[I met Thug] through Gucci. Gucci had bought a new studio on Memorial in Atlanta and a lot of people would be up there. So I went up there one day and Thug was there, and he was recording "Picacho." [Laughs] Really we were just coolin' it, we didn't really link at that point. But I would come back and we would see each other more often, do some shit at Gucci's studio, then I started working at another studio and I used to bring him up there and we'd do sessions up there and started going in after that.

There was a point where I guess he wasn't doing much music stuff, I don't know. Thug's interesting, he's all over the place. But I would just call him every day. He's a street nigga, so he would be in the streets, and I would call him every day, like, "Come on man, come to the studio, come to the studio." I had the workplace, I had the beats, the chemistry was there and I think we both saw it, and we just locked in.


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