I'm not exactly sure why it's taken this long for a Travis Barker and Young Thug collaboration to start brewing, but at least it's finally fucking happening. The prolific, genre-hopping Blink-182 drummer has been spotted in the studio with Thugger recently for an unknown collab project, though the accompanying Instagram captions might offer a clue or three.
Thugger and Barker both shared studio shots Thursday night, with Thug only accompanying his with a "Hi trav." Barker, meanwhile, possibly hinted at their endgame: something of the Super Slimey variety.
Barker tagged 300 Entertainment's Geoffrey Ogunlesi in the mid-action studio shot. Last month, Ogunlesi shared a Barker shot of his own. That same day, Thugger hashtagged another Barker photo with #SUPERSLIMEY. The two also linked at one of Thugger's shows.
Back in October, producer Southside told Complex that the 13 songs that ultimately made the final Super Slimey tracklist weren't even the "hardest" of the "hundreds" of songs Thugger and Future cooked up for the project. "Honestly, these aren't even the hardest 13 songs, this is just like a teaser," he said at the time. "They have some very very epic music together." Though Southside couldn't confirm a Super Slimey sequel, he did allude to something happening with the remaining batch of Slimey cuts. "It might not even be a Super Slimey 2, it might be What a Slime to Be Alive up next," he said. "You never know, we are with the element of surprise. We just keep working and whatever comes out next comes out next."
The recent Barker x Thugger studio sessions could also result in a cut for Barker's currently-in-progress followup to Give the Drummer Some, his star-stacked 2011 solo album. As of September of this year, the untitled album was "70 percent done." Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and Lil Wayne are among the confirmed guests. "We've got the programming, I've made all of the beats, the second step was to get all of the artists and find out which artists sound great on which beats," Barker told MusicRadar. "The third step is me playing drums on it, mixing it and then putting it out."
...And/or maybe all these Young Thug x Travis Barker Instagram posts are a confirmation of a theory recently posited by a critically revered writer?