Young Nudy has spent the first part of his career as Atlanta’s favorite cousin.
This is through no fault of his own — it’s just that he happens to be related to one of hip-hop’s most popular artists, 21 Savage. But over the course of eight albums and mixtapes in four years, Nudy has emerged as one of Atlanta’s most swaggering spitters, regardless of who else perches in his family tree.
He’s refined his cocky, slurred flow — with enough menace and growl to send haters cowering, but crafty enough to establish an adoring fan base — and has used the mixtape format to document his improvement, with each release an upgrade in substance and form. Nudy’s ascent has been like the slow clanking climb of a roller coaster gearing up for the first drop. With the release of Sli’merre, his collaboration with producer Pi’erre Bourne, the ride has started, and the rush is exhilarating.