Young Thug and Gunna talk pushing hip-hop forward as ‘Billboard’s’ featured cover stars

NOTE LANGUAGE) In honor of the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival on March 17, Billboard featured Atlanta duo Young Thug and Gunna on the cover of its March 12 issue.

The rap duo is set to perform at the entertainment festival and after recently collaborating on one of the hottest hip-hop anthems of today, “Pushin P,” the upcoming performance seems to fall right in line with the crazy success the two have had.

Since meeting in 2015, the dynamic duo has been almost inseparable. Young Thug says it was the fact that Gunna wasn’t really star-struck upon meeting him, that made him sign the College Park rapper to his Young Stoner Life label.

“He was quiet, cool, a chill n**** that wasn’t trying to do too much. Just chilling back and relaxing. That’s how we really got super close, though: It just took nights in the studio…” Thug said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the rappers conversed with Billboard about fatherhood, fashion, Atlanta hip-hop culture, the “Pushin P” movement and more.

“We were ‘Pushin P’ before the song got made. Atlanta was already ‘Pushin P’ before the song came out,” Gunna said.

The cultural phrase can be interpreted as a lifestyle, as Gunna previously told Vibe: “It’s like anything you’re doing that’s positive or just player…or just anything you can just think of that’s cool.”

While both Gunna and Young Thug are currently at the top of the music game, Young Thug hints he may already be thinking of retirement. “I got kids that gonna need more attention from me in 10 years,” the father of six said.

“I don’t want him to stop no time soon,” Gunna emphasized.

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