Young Thug vows not to release new music this year as tribute to his deaf brother

"I wanna act deaf for a year," rapper says

Young Thug has said that he’s not going to release any new music in 2018 as something of a tribute to his deaf brother.

The Atlanta rapper, who recently suggested that he wants to change his moniker to “SEX”, is known for his frequent musical output. In 2017 alone, he released two albums and an EP.

Now, Thugger has told Hypebeast: “I got a deaf brother. I got a brother that can’t hear or talk. So I wanna act deaf for a year, so I ain’t gonna put no music out this year.”

He then added that he would “probably” release his long-awaited next album ‘Hy!£UN35’ in 2019.

Earlier this week, Young Thug announced that he is changing his name. The rapper took to Twitter to write: “I’m changing my name to SEX…. For now on call me SEX!!!”.

It wasn’t the first time he expressed a desire to alter his moniker. In 2016, Thug said he wanted to go by his birth name, JEFFERY, but later settled to give a mixtape that title.

In 2016, Young Thug spoke of his reasons for wanting to change his name, saying: “I had a long-term relationship with Young Thug and I’m kind of picky. So I felt like I ain’t wanna be in front of Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I ain’t want my kids to grow up and call me Thug. I don’t want anybody to kind of look at me like that. So I’m gonna just use my real name.”