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How Lil Yachty Got His Second Act

By Jeff Ihaza

Until the pandemic, Lil Yachty never stopped to think about how quickly he became famous. “It was a full year from walking across the stage in high school to then I’m in this penthouse in midtown Atlanta , I got this G-wagon, put my mother in a house,” Yachty explains. “It’s a fast life. You not ever getting the chance to think about a lot of shit.”

Yachty’s 2016 hit “Minnesota,” which had the treacly energy of a nursery rhyme, earned the then-17-year-old the title “King of the Teens.” But since then, he’s become an elder statesman of a certain brand of young superstar — and something like the Gen Z answer to Diddy. He collaborated with brands like Nautica and Target; he appeared in the movie How High 2 ; he signed an endorsement deal with Sprite. Signees to his new label imprint, Concrete Boys, even get an iced-out chain.

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Born Miles Parks McCollum, Yachty embodies many of the ways the music industry has changed in the past decade. He rose to fame on the internet and commands attention with or without new music. Over Zoom in March, he’s calm and reserved, pausing intently before he responds to questions. The youthful exuberance is still there, though. At one point, his mom, who lives nearby, calls to ask what he wants from the grocery store. “I need Pop-Tarts,” he says sweetly. “I really want them cinnamon-bun Pop-Tarts.”

He can afford lots of Pop-Tarts. Yachty reportedly made $13 million on endorsements in 2016 and 2017. (“Work hard, play hard,” he responds when asked about the number.) He spends more than $50,000 a month on various expenses, according to one recent headline. (“If anything I pay a little more. I have many assets and insurance, plus an elaborate payroll.”) He’s working on a Reese’s Puffs cereal collaboration, a film based on the card game Uno, and he was one of the first rappers to hop on the crypto craze, selling something called a “YachtyCoin” last December in an auction on the platform Nifty Gateway. According to a report from Coinbase, the token sold for $16,050. Yachty explains that when he was first discovered by Quality Control records founder Kevin “Coach K” Lee, “one of the biggest things he talked about was being a brand. Being bigger than just an artist — being a mogul.” 

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In fact, collaboration has come to be a useful tool for Yachty as he sheds the King of the Teens title for something more akin to a rap mogul. “I only work with people I have friendships with, who I really admire,” Yachty says. “And I love working with newer artists, up-and-coming artists.”  Within the world of hip-hop, Yachty has found for himself somewhere between a megastar and internet hero, and it would appear that he’s just settling in. “I just fuck with new talent. Not even like, ‘let me sign you, get under my wing,’ ” he explains. “Just ‘hey, I’ve been in this spot before. I know what that’s like, bada bing, bada boom.’ ”

Yachty started Concrete Boys last year. One of the first signees was his childhood friend Draft Day, who offers one of the more exciting features on Lil Boat 3, on the cut “Demon Time.” “I feel old sometimes,” Yachty admits. “I feel old as fuck when someone’s popping and I don’t know who they are. Which is rare, because I be on my shit.”

Yachty is also at the forefront of a new realm of social platforms, namely Twitch and Discord, that engender more direct communication within communities. Yachty frequently talks directly to fans on both platforms, and in April he collaborated with Discord on “sound packs,” which allowed users to replace the app’s normal notifications with sounds he created. 

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I ask Yachty where he sees himself in five years. “Hopefully, a really successful actor,” he responds. “And with a bangin’ eight pack. I’ll probably cut my hair up, maybe a little beard. Real sex-symbol shit, you know what I’m saying?” For Yachty, who opened the door to a new brand of celebrity rapper, it doesn’t register as wishful thinking. His enduring celebrity is proof of what’s possible with a solid flow and internet savvy. “I just want to do everything. Because I’ve realized I can,” Yachty explains. “I’ve learned the power I have. The only thing stopping me is me, for real.”

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Lil Yachty, a playfully surreal figure in the hip hop landscape, burst onto the scene with the left-field pop-trap anthem “One Night” and soon solidified his place in the rap game with his distinctive style. Known for his melodic flows, quirky lyrics, and an affinity for bright colors that give off a youthful, carefree vibe, Yachty has been a divisive figure in hip hop. Yet, his influence can’t be denied, from contributing to the rise of SoundCloud rap, to pushing boundaries with his audacious style, and brash dismissal of rap traditionalism.

Across his discography, from ‘Lil Boat’ to ‘Nuthin’ 2 Prove’, Yachty has staked his claim with a medley of tracks that showcase his unorthodox approach to music. His collaborations with artists like Ski Mask the Slump God in “How You Feel?” and Drake and DaBaby in “Oprah’s Bank Account” prove his versatility and adaptability, while tracks like “Pretender” highlight his knack for introspection. This is all underpinned with a latent raucous energy that fully emerges in vibrant tracks like “Go Krazy, Go Stupid Freestyle”.

Even on the more commercial-leaning tracks, such as “iSpy” with KYLE or “Broccoli” with DRAM, Yachty’s buoyant persona shines through. He has proven time and time again that he can hold his own, even when paired with dominant figures like Future and Mike WiLL Made-It on “Pardon Me.”

Whether he’s flexing on “NBAYOUNGBOAT,” or taking it slow on “66,” Yachty continues to navigate his own unique path in the music industry—unafraid to challenge conventions and break from the norm. So let’s get into it. From boundary-pushing numbers to underrated gems, here are the Top 50 Best Lil Yachty Songs of All Time.

50. Go Krazy, Go Stupid Freestyle

He flexes his lyrical dexterity, flipping between flow patterns with the ease of a seasoned emcee. What’s more, Yachty doubles down on his king-of-teens claim, acknowledging the haters but swiftly shrugging them off. There’s a rawness to this track that reminds you of those basement cyphers where the only thing that mattered was how sharp your bars were. This ain’t no Boat album cut, this is that mixtape Yachty reminding us he can spit. Under the bravado though, there’s a glimpse of vulnerability, a little peek into Yachty’s psyche that keeps us invested. Yeah, go stupid, go crazy indeed.

49. Pretender

Now, don’t get it twisted, this ain’t strictly a Yachty track – it’s a Steve Aoki jam with Yachty and AJR on feature duty. But even as a guest, Lil Boat stunts hard with his trademark eccentricity, weaving a narrative about pretentious folks in the industry who ain’t really ’bout that life. His verse is solid, but it doesn’t quite have that punch his best work packs. Aoki’s EDM production is slick, but it doesn’t gel with Yachty’s style as fluidly as, say, a Pierre Bourne beat would. It’s aight, but among a sea of Yachty hits, “Pretender” doesn’t quite stay afloat.

48. YAE ENERGY – Lil Yachty

The beat comes in hard, Yachty’s southern drawl navigating the choppy waters of the percussion with finesse. This track may not appeal to fans who prefer the artist’s more playful, ‘bubblegum trap’ style, but those who appreciate Lil Boat’s ability to switch lanes will value the experimentation demonstrated here. Lyrically, it’s not his strongest showing, and a closer inspection uncovers a lack of substance. But if we’re talking about whatever gives a track its replay power, then “YAE ENERGY” has just enough to justify its three-minute runtime. A testament to Yachty’s versatility, if not to his lyrical prowess.

47. Breathe Deeper

Yachty breathes new life into the song, taking the psychedelic pop masterpiece and giving it a hip hop facelift, sliding in his eccentric verses with a finesse that’s undeniable. Is it as earth-shattering as Tame’s original piece? Nah, but that’s not what Yachty’s aiming for here. He’s dipping his toes into unchartered territory, and for that, props are deserved. It’s a testament to Yachty’s versatility, breaking away from the straight-up trap beats to float on Tame’s surreal soundscapes. It’s intriguing, it’s funky, it’s Yachty in a whole new light. And yo, it’s worth cranking up on your speakers.

46. One Of Those Days

The alliance of Lil Yachty and 347aidan is like the tag team of hip hop you didn’t know you needed until you got it. On “One Of Those Days”, they link up with Zack Bia, and the result is an interesting cross-pollination of their respective musical landscapes. It’s not Yachty’s most incendiary performance, his rhymes are far more introspective than fiery, and his signature wordplay is somewhat muted. You get the sense he’s taking a bit of a backseat, allowing 347aidan’s emo-driven rap that resonates with the Gen-Z crowd to take the lead. It’s a laid-back, introspective track that plays to the strengths of its collaborators rather than pushing Yachty to the fore. A cool experiment, but not necessarily peak Lil Boat.

45. sHouLd i B? – Lil Yachty

Though Yachty tends to lean into his more playful, unconventional image, this track finds him in a more contemplative mood, exploring the pressures and expectations that come with fame. This joint ain’t your typical club banger or radio hit, but it’s got a certain vibe that can’t be replicated. Some may deem it too mellow for their taste, but for the true heads who know that hip hop ain’t always about the flashy and grand, “sHouLd i B?” is a real gem. It’s a reminder that Lil Yachty ain’t just a one-note wonder, he’s got depth, versatility. As he questions and self-reflects, we vibe along, nodding our heads with respect.

44. Number 9 (feat. Lil Yachty) – Miguel

Their styles might seem at odds on paper, but Yachty’s playful bars bounce off against Miguel’s velvety hooks and it’s like something just clicks, ya dig? There’s that classic Miguel R&B soul, but with Yachty adding his distinctively laid-back, off-kilter rhymes, the track takes on this hybridity that’s straight up intriguing. It’s not Yachty’s hardest verse, for sure – but that ain’t what this track is about. It’s a showcase of how versatile the Kid can be when he steps out of his comfort zone. Is it top-tier Yachty? Debatable. But it’s a testament to his potential as an artist who ain’t afraid to mix it up.

43. How You Feel?

Part of that potent DJ Scheme concoction, Lil Yachty and Ski Mask the Slump God on the same track? It’s like putting kerosene on a bonfire. Yachty and Ski Mask are two seasoned maestros of the mic, each flexing their unique styles with atomic punchlines and devastating flow switches that make your head spin. Yachty’s playful lyricism is the perfect complement to Ski Mask’s bullet train flow, creating a whirlwind aura that’s unforgettable. This song ain’t just a track, it’s a testament to how diverse and electrifying hip-hop can be when cats who truly understand the game come together.

42. Hit Bout It – Lil Yachty

This cut sees Lil Boat trading hardcore, streetwise bars with none other than Louisiana’s trap king, Kodak Black. It’s a certified banger, showcasing Yachty’s evolution from a mumble rap icon to a versatile emcee – dude can spit with the best of ’em. The production slaps, too, with menacing 808s and icy hi-hats creating a soundscape that’s as tough as the rhymes. One missing piece: a memorable hook, but when Yachty and Kodak spit pure heat, it’s hardly noticed. “Hit Bout It” is a raw, uncut piece of Yachty’s artistry, showing he can roll with the heavyweights in the rap game.

41. Mase in ’97 – Carnage

Yachty got raw on this one, throwing it back to Ma$e’s Harlem World momentum era. This joint dropped in an era where Yachty was still carving out his space in the game – an underdog with too much sauce. “Mase in ’97” demonstrated Yachty’s potential to bring that 90’s gritty rap vibe into the fizzy, candy-colored universe that he was creating. Yachty’s aggressive flow on the Carnage beat makes this a stand out in his discography – a straight switch up from his melodic bubblegum trap offerings. An underrated gem, it’s hip hop nostalgia with a new-age twist.

40. Speed Me Up (with Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty & Sueco the Child) – Wiz Khalifa

Collaborating with heavy hitters like Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and Sueco the Child, Yachty puts his nimble flow to good use on this track. The song, featured on the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ soundtrack, sees Boat and company trading verses over a zippy beat that mirrors the high-octane energy of the iconic video game. It’s not traditional hip hop by any stretch of the imagination, but it showcases Yachty’s ability to adapt to any sonic environment. Not his most celebrated joint but like a hidden gem, it’s a must listen for any fan of the self-anointed ‘King of the Youth’.

39. Marmalade (feat. Lil Yachty) – Macklemore

Boat’s flow is melodic, casual and fits the fun, light-hearted vibe of the track. He sprinkles the song with his playful bars, showcasing the signature Yachty charisma we all know and love. Macklemore, on the other hand, delivers an unexpectedly complementary performance, managing to match the youthful, carefree energy of Lil Boat. It’s a collaborative effort that feels fun and bouncy, like a summer day with the top down, cruising through the city. Though it might not be a classic, it certainly shows Yachty’s ability to blend into different styles and his dynamic skill set as a featured artist. A bright, sweet flavor in Yachty’s discography, this one is a charmer.

38. Rocc Climbing (feat. Lil Yachty) – Remble

Now, Yachty ain’t a new jack to the scene, but this joint shows he still packs heat. He applies his signature quirky flow over a structured beat, laying down lines that are pure gold. The buoyant melodic line accentuates Yachty’s unique approach to rhythm, making the track rise above standard trap cuts. It’s a testament to Yachty’s versatility; he’s not just about zany hooks and the oddball aesthetic. His lyrical game hits hard when he wants it to, and “Rocc Climbing” is proof. However, it still falls short of his most iconic tracks, holding down the fort somewhere in the middle of his extensive discography.

37. 66 – Lil Yachty

Featuring Trippie Redd, this cut off Lil Boat 2 is Yachty showin’ love to his day-ones, the ones who been ridin’ since the tide was low. Yachty’s and Redd’s cadences intertwine like the perfect audio form of finger trap, and their lyrics give us a raw insight into the trials they faced on their climb. But don’t get it twisted, this ain’t no sob story. The triumphant, chorus-drenched keys and the trap-happy drums make “66” a victory lap. It’s celebratory, but Yachty keeps it 100 about the struggles it took to get that W. It’s yacht season, and not just anyone can ride this wave.

36. Faking It (feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty) – Calvin Harris

A prime example of Calvin Harris throwing an unexpected curveball with his collaborations. Proving once again that when the UK producer is in his zone, he can make anyone sound hot. This searing, synth-drenched bop sees rising R&B queen Kehlani pouring her heart out in the perfect balance of vulnerability and swagger. Then, right from the dugout, Lil Yachty steps up to spit some of the most coherent bars of his career– proving that even the king of mumble rap can score a home run when it counts. It’s a testament to Harris’ seasoned production prowess that the disparate styles of these two artists mesh in such a seamless, ear-catching way. With “Faking It,” Harris proves that he can bridge the gap between hip hop and electronic music with stylistic flair.

35. Split/Whole Time – Lil Yachty

This banger off his fourth studio album ‘Lil Boat 3′ is proof that the self-dubbed King of Youth can bounce between styles smoother than a DJ on the ones and twos. The joint starts with that classic Boat energy, all upbeat flow and playful metaphors. But halfway through, the track flips like a record on the platter. Suddenly, we’re swimming in a slower, introspective vibe where each lyric lands like it’s got somethin’ to prove. It’s a showcase of Yachty’s experimentation with sound and style, like mixing two paints to create a brand new color. Is it the best Yachty joint out there? Maybe not. But it’s evidence that this cat’s creativity is off the charts.

34. 1v1 (feat. Lil Yachty) – Rio Da Yung Og

This is where that Midwest flow meets Atlanta trap, creating a classic hip hop head-nodder. Yachty is no slouch here, as he goes toe-to-toe with Rio, both firing lyrical bullets back and forth. What’s dope about this track is Yachty stepping outside his usual comfort zone, spitting with a fervor that shows he can hang with the most aggressive spitters. But it ain’t all about aggression, as both artists flaunt their wordplay skills. Yeah, it might not carry that depth of some lyrical miracles, but “1v1″ serves as a testament that Yachty ain’t just about mumble rap. He got bars too, ya heard?”

33. the ride- – Lil Yachty

This track finds Boat drifting down memory lane, reminiscent of earlier times when the rap game was just a dream scribbled in his notebook. His flow is a bit more subdued than his usual bouncy cadence, giving his words gravity. Lyrically, Yachty shows growth, holding a mirror to his own triumphs and trials, meditating on his journey to stardom. The beat is a smooth, melodic production that adds depth to Boat’s reflections. On “the ride-“, Lil Yachty proves he got the range not just to spit bars but to tell compelling stories, offering a different breed of vulnerability often overlooked in mainstream rap discourse. This joint is proof that Yachty has more to deliver than just catchy hooks and playful rhymes.

32. running out of time – Lil Yachty

This ain’t the bubblegum trap Boat we once knew—nah, homie is showing some major maturity. On this melodic gem, he trades mumble rap for introspective bars. Emotionally charged lyrics juxtapose with the shimmering synth-driven beat, speaking to the urgency of time slipping away. Yachty’s vulnerability is the truest form of hip hop, as he confesses his fears and anxieties. This ain’t just about losing an hour when the clock strikes midnight, it’s about life’s fleeting moments and the pressure to make it big. It’s the unfiltered Yachty who veers from his usual braggadocio flows—man’s got depth and ain’t afraid to show it. “Running Out Of Time” is a testament to Yachty’s growth as an artist and his ability to experiment outside his comfort zone.

31. Menace – Quality Control

Yachty’s flow on this track is pure water, free-flowing with a chilled cadence that’s more often associated with cloud rap. Lyrically, he’s a rebel without a cause, a self-proclaimed menace to the streets and the industry. He ain’t playin’ by the rules, bro, he’s setting his own. And you gotta respect that, because hip hop was born out of rebellion, right? While “Menace” might not be a charts-topper, it’s a testament to Yachty’s determination to express his individuality. It’s braggadocio, it’s playful, it’s Yachty at his finest. It’s moments like these that remind you that this kid from Atlanta is more than just a mumble rapper move over.

30. No Clue (feat. Lil Yachty) – Young Nudy

This team-up creates an atmosphere that’s uncompromisingly grimy. Yachty’s verse here is pure menace, diving deep into the underbelly of Atlanta’s trap scene, mirroring Nudy’s rugged approach. While the Boat doesn’t entirely shed his vibrant color, the infusion of Nudy’s gritty essence elevates the song into an intriguing exploration of street realities. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that Yachty, in sidestepping his comfort zone, loses the whimsical charm that made him a standout in the saturated trap scene. A commendable experiment, but far from his best work.

29. pRETTy – Lil Yachty

It’s a track where minimalism meets hype, stripped back beats providing a bare stage for Yachty to demonstrate his vocal versatility. He moves into trap-soul territory here, the lyrics all reflective introspection. Mortality, fame, and trust issues are all tackled with a sincerity that can take you by surprise. The magic, though, is how it all fits into the party vibe without killing the buzz. A testament to Lil Yachty’s ability to diversify without losing his identity. “pRETTy” is a track that defies categorization, just like Lil Boat himself. It’s a joint that’s unapologetically Yachty, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of what that even means. So don’t sleep on it.

28. Oprah’s Bank Account (Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. Drake) – Lil Yachty

It’s a testament to Yachty’s chameleon-like ability to adapt his flow to suit those he spits alongside. Drake brings his signature groovy, laid-back style, interspersing his verse with witty one-liners, while DaBaby flips the script with his rapid-fire delivery, giving the track that extra edge. Yachty steers the ship with his off-beat creativity, his bars dripping with the ambition that’s a cornerstone of his artistry. This track is a throwdown, a show of clout, demonstrating the far reach of Yachty’s influence in the hip hop community—you gotta respect it.

27. Get Dripped (feat. Playboi Carti) – Lil Yachty

Recorded for Boat’s 2018 album “Nuthin’ 2 Prove”, this joint is all about the drip. Yachty spits a catchy, autotuned chorus that’s all about stuntin’ on those who once slept on him, while Carti contributes a verse that’s as stylishly nonchalant as his fashion choices. But the real star might be the slappin’ production, cooked up with a heavy trap beat that takes no prisoners. While some might dismiss this as shallow mumble rap, I’d argue it’s a vital chronicle of hip hop’s current bling era. Just don’t sleep on the lyrical nuances beneath the icy veneer of the drip.

26. Gucci Flip Flops (feat. Lil Yachty) – Bhad Bhabie

Certainly, we can appreciate a good party tune, and Yachty knows how to throw down and get crowds moving. However, the joint effort appeared more like a case of riding trends, rather than carving new paths within the hip-hop landscape. For one, Bhad Bhabie’s career inception via her meme-able debut already casts a shadow on her artistic output. Then, Yachty’s verse, while delivered with his trademark buoyant enthusiasm, teeters around the same subject matter he tends to tread in other tracks. They throw down about designer gear and living grand, which ain’t exactly groundbreaking. Bottom line, “Gucci Flip Flops” showcased entertaining hip-hop artists, yet didn’t elevate their outpourings into something unique or memorable.

25. the BLACK seminole. – Lil Yachty

This Lil Yachty joint showcases the rapper’s sublime ability to weave intricate stories with wordplay and metaphors that hit different. Distinguished by its ethereal, cloudy rap instrumental that flirts with lo-fi elements, Yachty’s flow is melodic and hypnotic. His lyrics are reflective, a journey into the depths of his mind showcasing the struggle and resilience of the Black experience – a nod to the Seminole people, a Native American tribe known for their resistance against colonial forces. It’s a less traversed territory for Lil Boat, but he navigates it with impressive candor. A standout cut that proves Yachty’s versatility and his quiet, underappreciated ability to observe and articulate the life around him with poetic flair.

24. Greed (feat. Lil Yachty) – LUCKI

Now, I ain’t gonna front, Yachty’s verse on this joint took it to another level. This ain’t your mainstream, radio jiggy jam, nah, this is that underground, lo-fi hip hop that takes you back to the basement parties when True School was still a seedling. Yachty came in slinging that confessional style of rhyming that keeps it 100, crafting a narrative focused on the allure of money and the struggle against temptation, letting his bars play out like a confession booth monologue. LUCKI and Yachty’s chemistry on this track is undeniable, their styles blending like a late night cipher on the corner. This ain’t the Lil Boat show y’all might be used to, but it proves he can hang with the best of ’em.

23. Half Doin Dope (with BabyTron feat. Lil Yachty) – JID

Roguishly playful and mirrors an interesting partnership between these artists that we didn’t know we needed! Yachty flips his flow and matches BabyTron’s relentless energy with a swagger of his own. Yachty’s verse drips with drug-talk references, which are delivered with a youthful and carefree aura that’s magnetic. Yes, it’s still Yachty, the king of the teens, but he’s leveled up, showing he can tussle with unabashed lyricists without losing his cool. Overall, “Half Doin Dope” is evidence that when Yachty goes hard, he goes really hard, no half stepping.

22. Pretty Boy (feat. Lil Yachty) – Joji

This track is a gem, no cap. Trust, it’s not your typical Yachty flow, it’s more low-key and introspective. The beat might remind you of old school hip hop, but the lyrics got that modern flavor that’s pure Yachty. Joji provides the perfect backdrop with his melancholic, lo-fi style, creating a moody atmosphere that draws attention to Yachty’s bars. I gotta say, this collaboration ain’t just a dope track, it’s a masterclass in bridging hip hop’s sonic evolution. All in all, “Pretty Boy” lets Yachty flex his versatility, proving he ain’t just a one-trick pony in the rap game. Give it a spin, no doubt you’ll be vibin’.

21. One Night – Lil Yachty

We talkin’ “One Night,” one of Lil Yachty’s breakout hits. Now, this is the song that really blew up Yachty’s status, and it was a Flavor Flav clock moment for the rap game because this song signaled time for a change. The vibe was different. The energy was different. Lil Yachty came through with a melodic flow, something between singing and rapping, a deal seldom heard in 2016. The beat was a syrupy slow drip, minimalist and hypnotic, with a robotic nursery rhyme feel. Critics barked at its simplicity, but yo, the simplicity was the magic of it. “One Night” was a manifesto, asserting Yachty’s nonchalant attitude towards fleeting relationships, outlined with his distinctive raw, teenage emotion. This joint was a curveball that Hip Hop wasn’t expecting, but the game has been better for it.

20. Taylor Port Junkie (feat. Lil Yachty) – Rylo Rodriguez

Yachty’s verse drops like a squad of B-boys, breakdancing on a cardboard mat laid out on the tough, gritty streets of hip hop. But it’s not all twisty-turny razzle-dazzle. Nah, Yachty’s got this skill for laying down bars that both stun with their vocabulary and resonate with raw emotion. This feature stands as another testament to the Boat’s versatility, straddling the divide between mainstream acceptance and street authenticity. Rylo’s own verses compliment Yachty’s, supplementing the track with a rousing narrative that feels right at home amidst Yachty’s poetic resonance. “Taylor Port Junkie” ain’t just a song; it’s a head nod to the streets, a salute to the struggle, and a celebration of the hustle.

19. Slide – Lil Yachty

A track that’s all about vibin’ and livin’ free. The beat? Oozing with summer feels. Yachty’s flow – light, yet hard-hitting. This joint be having you dreaming of sunshine and palm trees real quick. Yachty spits game, flexing his racks and swag. He ain’t shy about his wins. This track’s got Yachty’s signature playful wordplay, but don’t sleep on the depth either. “Slide” is unapologetic – it’s about enjoying the moments and the moolah. In the pantheon of Yachty’s hits, this one won’t top the list, but it’s a feel-good joint that’ll have you swaying. It’s smooth sailing with this track, no cap.

18. Broccoli – DRAM

This wasn’t some salad bar filler; it was a main course. The two artists vibe together seamlessly, delivering playful bars over a piano-driven beat that’s as infectious as it is unexpected. D.R.A.M.’s sing-song delivery meshed perfectly with Lil Boat’s mellow hooks but let’s keep it a buck; it was Yachty’s verse that stole the show. With lines about his nonexistent baby mama drama and paper chasin’, Yachty added that extra bit of flavor that turned “Broccoli” into a hip hop head’s favorite side dish. A catchy and carefree anthem that still slaps to this day.

17. Van Gogh (feat. Lil Yachty) – JID

Showcasing JID’s lyrical prowess spiced up by our main man Lil Yachty’s blend of mumble and trap rap. This collab paints a canvas where East Coast and Dirty South hip-hop meet, makin’ a sonic masterpiece worthy of its name. Yachty’s flow channels ‘Van Gogh’, not merely to play with the idea of being an artist but also to dish out clever lines about his position in the rap game. While the track may not have the complexity of a Van Gogh painting, it definitely has the vibrancy. Lil Boat’s verse ain’t his deepest but his off-kilter delivery and charisma offer an interesting contrast to JID’s intricate wordplay. This joint ain’t just a song, it’s an artistic statement. No doubt.

16. Pardon Me (Lil Yachty feat. Future & Mike WiLL Made-It) – Lil Yachty

Yachty treads over Mike WiLL’s bouncing beat with an ease that reveals his growing comfort on the mic. His lyrics hit harder, a testament to the evolution of his pen game since the “Lil Boat” days. And when Future slides in, he adds an extra layer of gravitas, his deeper tone a perfect counter to Yachty’s light-hearted delivery. It’s a standout joint that showcases Yachty’s ability to navigate the more street-oriented style of hip hop without losing his unique boat boy charm. Is it Yachty’s best work? Nah, but it underscores his willingness to step out of his comfort zone, always a commendable trait in an artist.

15. The Secret Recipe – Lil Yachty

The track showcases Boat’s underrated ability to weave a narrative, painting vivid imagery of his come-up story. Yet, it’s Yachty’s ability to balance his gratitude for success with a sharp critique of the fast life that resonates. A standout moment? That chorus, with Yachty’s promise to never reveal his “secret recipe” for success. It’s a clever nod towards the secretive nature of hip hop, where styles are fiercely protected. The track is a fine showing of Lil Yachty’s lyrical skills beyond the braggadocious bravado, underscoring his versatility in a genre that’s always evolving.

14. TESLA – Lil Yachty

Ain’t no need for a chorus when Yachty’s delivering bars so wild that Teslas crash into space, man. The beat’s this menacing thump, it walks up on you like a debt collector. Guest verses from 9lokknine provide a sharp edge, no doubt. But it’s Yachty’s punchy, playfully arrogant flow that steals the show. Despite some criticism, this track proves Lil Yachty ain’t no one trick pony; he’s got depth, style, and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars.

13. Yacht Club (feat. Juice WRLD) – Lil Yachty

The two young guns playing off each other’s energy like Harden and Westbrook during an all-star face-off. Now, peep this – Juice out here flexin’ his rapid-fire flow, throwing down bars about fame, fortune, and flexin’ in typical Juice fashion. Yachty, on the other hand, bouncing back with a laid-back verse, letting that lazy, melodic flow of his do all the talking. What you got here is a heady mix of styles, both rappers going hand in hand like a pair of Aces on a poker table. It’s tragic we won’t see this dynamic duo anymore, but at least we got this banger to remember Juice by.

12. Poland – Lil Yachty

While some heads might’ve wanted him to keep spitting over that bubblegum trap, this track stood as a testament to Yachty’s versatility. On “Poland,” Yachty traded the bouncing beats of Atlanta for the more somber, atmospheric vibes often associated with Europe’s underground scene. But don’t get it twisted, the boy kept his bars tight, delivering a raw, unfiltered look into his life and mindset. The result was one of the realest tracks in his discography, and a bold reminder that Lil Yachty ain’t just about that mumble rap game. Always remember: hip hop is about pushing boundaries, and Yachty does just that with “Poland.”

11. NBAYOUNGBOAT – Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty went hard on this cut, dropping off a bass-thumping track that calls you back to the roots of Atlanta trap music. Teaming up with NBA YoungBoy, the Boat brought his A-game, weaving in his signature melodic hooks amidst gritty trap beats. YoungBoy’s gritty verses blend cohesively with Yachty’s playful flow, reinforcing the track’s assertion of their undeniable hustle and loyalty to the streets. Sure, it ain’t conscious rap, but it ain’t trying to be either. It’s heavy-hitting, ground-shaking hip hop that don’t need no cosign. This joint is pure hot sauce, leaving you grooving and asking for more. No cap, this collab was a match made in hip hop heaven.

10. From The D To The A (feat. Lil Yachty) – Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley and Lil Yachty come together like the Avengers of hip hop, each flexing their unique styles in this motor city-dirty south alliance. Yachty’s verse is a masterclass in offbeat flow, his delivery casually commanding and hypnotic. Grizzley’s verse is aspirational, energetic, and maintains the gritty authenticity he’s known for. However, it ain’t all bombast and braggadocio – there’s depth beneath the surface. The song’s essence lies in the unity of two distinctly different hip hop scenes, Detroit and Atlanta, a testament to hip hop’s enduring ability to bring folks together like no other genre. ‘From The D To The A’ is the embodiment of hip hop’s regional diversity and shared spirit.

It’s one of Lil Boat’s most streamed features, showcasing his wavy, unhurried flow against a summery beat that’s pure sunshine vibes. KYLE brings his own quirky charm, but we all know it’s Yachty’s verse that makes the track bounce – that man didn’t pull any punches with his whimsical wordplay that caught everybody’s ears. This ain’t about rap warlords or the streets, it’s a feel-good anthem that unabashedly celebrates youthful exuberance and innocence. This isn’t just a song, fam, it’s a time capsule back to 2017 – a testament to simpler times, where the game was fun and players played. Yachty wasn’t just featured, he was instrumental, and for that, “iSpy” holds a special place in the Lil Boat discography.

Lil Boat’s lyrical prowess here is like a maestro conducting an aggressive symphony. His flow? Cold as ice, punctuated with raw emotions that resonate even in the deepest recesses of one’s subconscious. His bars are as sharp as a street hustler’s switchblade. Yachty’s signature playful cadence is laced with a certain dark undertone in this one, making “Coffin” a hauntingly beautiful piece of art. It’s not your everyday Yachty song, but when the beat drops and his voice pierces through, you’re reminded why the kid from Atlanta managed to flip the hip-hop game on its head.

This track showcases Yachty’s ability to flip styles like a seasoned veteran, maneuvering through the beat with an electrifying flow. You can feel the energy surge as he bobs and weaves with his lyrics — a testament to his improvisational prowess. This joint is a reminder of why Lil Boat is one of the most intriguing figures in the hip hop game. The beat, supplied by DJ Scheme, only amplifies Yachty’s vocal finesse, creating a soundscape that’s both audacious and alluring. While it might not be Yachty’s biggest chart topper, “E-ER” is an essential addition to any hip hop aficionado’s playlist.


Now, this joint right here isn’t necessarily Yachty’s most mainstream hit, but it’s a track that emphasizes his versatility. The beat hits different, filled with that low-fi vibe it takes you back to those early days of hip hop, kind of a liquid swords type energy. Yachty’s delivery is relaxed, yet assertive. This is one of those tracks where you can feel the essence of Yachty’s individuality. It’s not without its shortcomings, though. The production could’ve used a little extra polish, and the song doesn’t quite stick the landing. But it speaks volumes about Yachty’s ability to adapt and flow with different styles. It’s a testament to his talent that he can go from bubblegum trap to a bare-bones hip hop groove without skipping a beat.

5. Magic In The Hamptons

Social House snatched Lil Yachty up for this joint and ain’t no denying, the Boat took it to another level. He bodies that beat with his off-the-cuff bars that give life to that joyous backdrop. The track, with its fun-loving lyrics and catchy melody, pulls you into a world filled with beach house parties and cool breezes. It’s a departure from Yachty’s usual trap-heavy sound, but that’s his genius – dude can switch lanes and still out-race the pack. Don’t sleep on this one though, the magic ain’t just in the Hamptons, it’s in every verse dropped by Yachty. Our good kid, m.A.A.d respect for trying something different, and nailing it.

4. drive ME crazy!

Don’t get it twisted: this ain’t just about the hooks. Yachty’s lyricism on this track be sliding through like a diligent student of the rap game. Peep the playful braggadocio as he flexes on his haters, showcasing a youthful swagger that’s become a staple in his discography. In talking up the best of Lil Yachty, “drive ME crazy!” is a straight up necessity. It’s that special mix of eccentricity and earworm rap that embodies the Boat persona.

3. Strike (Holster)

This track is a testament to Yachty’s commitment to pushing boundaries and experimenting with sound, and it’s nothing short of poignant. The playful, off-beat melody is a little like dipping into an audio fun-house, twisted with Yachty’s signature carefree, yet assertive, rhymes. Every beat is an opportunity for Yachty to flex his lyrical prowess, and he makes full use of it. It’s where the Boat meets the road, where creativity meets control, an intoxicating fusion that is unmistakably Yachty. This ain’t your grandpa’s hip hop, but it’s proof that Yachty embodies the future-forward thinking that drives the genre. “Strike (Holster)” is Yachty staking his claim, loud and clear. Pure ethos in eargasm form, Yachty devotees know what’s up.

Released in 2020, it’s an absolute flex anthem where every verse is a testament to the wealth and status of its performers. But, let’s keep it a buck, Yachty ain’t just riding coattails here. Nah, he consistently holds his own amidst his superstar collaborators, and his flow is as smooth as butter on the beat. However, this track ain’t about complex lyricism or introspective lines; it’s about commanding a vibe and Yachty does this with utmost finesse. If it’s a hyped-up atmosphere you’re after, you just can’t skip “Flex Up.” In the spectrum of Yachty’s discography, this one’s an undeniable standout.

1. Another Late Night

An intriguing display of stylistic contrast and alignment with Drake’s introspective lyricism and subdued delivery to form a fascinating counterpoint to Lil Yachty’s trademark energy and charisma. Packed with emo-trap sentimentality, this cut juggles between Drake’s dark Toronto vibes and Yachty’s ATL bravado, creating a unique hip hop blend that leaves the listener wanting more. Its commercial success not surprising; two powerhouse artists from different hip hop regions, bridging the gap. Not the most groundbreaking joint for either artist, it’s a cool reminder of the genre’s vast spectrum, y’know what I’m saying? However, one can’t shake off the feeling that Yachty could’ve tapped deeper into his playful, experimental style, and graced us with that Boat energy we love. In summary, solid track, but not peak Yachty or Drizzy.

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Nothing Can Faze Lil Yachty’s Confidence

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Lil Yachty has come full circle. Before music, Yachty worked as a McDonald’s crew member, during which time, he crafted one of his artistic hallmarks — the signature vibrant red hair that made him stand out when he first stepped onto the scene.

Dropping tracks on Soundcloud in between shifts at Mickey D’s, Yachty maintained his momentum before deciding to move to New York to pursue music full-time. Nearly a decade later, Yachty delivered an energetic halftime performance at the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Games this past Tuesday (April 2). Additionally, he starred in a commercial for McDonald’s Canada , which featured him delivering a trippy rendition of the Menu Song.

Yachty’s most recent solo album Let’s Start Here showed us that his name is no longer synonymous with the Soundcloud era. Inspired by psychedelic sounds, Let’s Start Here proved to listeners that Yachty is serious about his artistry and is no flash-in-the-pan. And since its release over a year ago, Yachty has not taken his foot off the gas.

Last month, Yachty announced the launch of Concrete Recordz , as part of a partnership with Quality Control and HYBE. On the roster is his new rap collective, Concrete Boys, comprised of rappers Camo!, DC2TRILL, Draft Day, Karrahbooo, and Yachty himself.

Uproxx chatted with Yachty ahead of his halftime performance, as well as the release of Concrete Boys’ compilation album, It’s Us Vol., 1 , which is set to drop Friday (April 5). With 10 years in the game, Yachty isn’t letting up anytime soon — not before pushing more bounds with his own artistry, and cultivating a new generation of movers and shakers.

Hey Yachty, how are you?

I’m blessed, man. Happy that we are having nice sunny days. I had a milkshake. And I’m lactose [intolerant], but I took my lactose pills. I took two of them. And they’re working, so we’re good. It’s always a plus when you’re lactose, and you drink milk, and you’re good. That might be too much information, but you asked, and I’m truthful.

[Laughs] I’m not tripping. How are you feeling, leading up to your performance?

It’s always a good feeling to have a full-circle moment in life. I worked for McDonald’s, and it was the first job I ever had when I was 15 or 16 years old. My McDonald’s commercial also just came out for McDonald’s Canada.

I love your commercial. It’s really trippy! How did that collaboration come together?

Separate from this, actually, McDonald’s reached out. And they wanted to redo the classic song, and I thought that was awesome. And very few artists get the opportunity to do these types of things, so it was actually a no-brainer.

What are some of your fondest memories as a McDonald’s crew member?

My mom was a very business-savvy woman. I had long, black braids back then. When I was about to go in for my interview, my mom was like “Oh, you can’t have braids, you have to look professional if you want to get hired.” She took me to the barbershop, and she made me cut off my hair.

I went to the interview, got hired, and on my first day working, everyone had long hair. I remember coming home to my mom crying and being like “You made me cut my hair! I would’ve still gotten the job.”

She felt so bad, and she was like “Okay, well let’s do something different.”

And I was like “I don’t have hair,” and then she said “dye it red.”

That’s the origin of my red hair.

And you’ve never shared that before?

You honestly just unlocked that memory in my brain. I forgot all about that.

So you’ve got It’s Us Vol. 1 , dropping Friday. It’s the first album with the Concrete Boys crew. What was the process like assembling talent for this collective?

These are my friends. So it wasn’t like I was looking high and low for talent. These were friends that I’ve made along the way. The most important thing to me is my friendships — and trying to bring everyone up to a level of success so they can provide for their families is the goal. Plus, I’ve always just loved the idea of groups and crews.

How do you envision your label Concrete Rekordz growing, say five or 10 years from now?

Man, that’s more than enough time. You could say one year from now. But five or 10 years from now? That’s much more time than any artist needs to become successful. I want to make sure I say that. With today’s time, and internet [platforms], six months is all you need. But in five years, I plan to have four moguls, doing their own things, starting their own labels.

Your last album, Let’s Start Here was a sonic risk, as you experimented with psychedelic sounds. What kind of sounds are you exploring for your next project?

I can’t tell you, my guy. But what I will tell you is that I’m definitely not done taking risks. I can’t say what I’m doing next, but I can say that I’m not done taking risks. That wasn’t a one-and-done.

You also have an album with James Blake coming out soon. What can you tell us about that?

I’m really excited about it. It’s really amazing. When [artists] make collab projects, I think a lot of times, they don’t access the full extent of what could be. Me and James really connected and just created a brotherhood. We made a really special project that is far beyond both of us, and I’m super excited for it to come out.

Can you give us a hint as to when it’s going to drop?

It keeps getting pushed back, man. It was it was supposed to come out this month. But I don’t know if it will. But it’s done. Mixed and mastered.

So earlier this week, you said that some rappers are angry because they’re “ ugly as f*ck ,” and therefore, lack confidence. What would you say is the key to maintaining confidence?

[Laughs] Well, I was just talking sh*t. But, I don’t know, man. I don’t take things too serious. I enjoy the life that I was given and try to stay stress-free. I’m well aware of the blessings and the cards I was dealt, and I’m just grateful. I think I can I can only speak for myself when I say that it’s very easy to be happy.

It’s been about a decade since you moved from Atlanta to New York to pursue music. As an artist, and now, the owner of your own label, what would you say is the biggest thing you’ve learned in your career?

Staying true to yourself and not letting anyone’s negative comments bring you down. The negative side of the internet isn’t real. It’s not a real place. It’s all just trolls and make-believe. It’s not real, it doesn’t translate over into the real world.

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Lil Yachty On His Big Rock Pivot: ‘F-ck Any of the Albums I Dropped Before This One’

With his adventurous, psychedelic new album, 'Let's Start Here,' he's left mumble rap behind — and finally created a project he's proud of.

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Lil Yachty, presented by Doritos, will perform at Billboard Presents The Stage at SXSW on March 16 .

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Someone has sparked a blunt in the planetarium.

It may be a school night, but no one has come to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., to learn. Instead, the hundreds of fans packed into the domed theater on Jan. 26 have come to hear Lil Yachty’s latest album as he intended: straight through — and with an open mind. Or, as Yachty says with a mischievous smile: “I hope y’all took some sh-t.”

For the next 57 minutes and 16 seconds, graphics of exploding spaceships, green giraffes and a quiet road through Joshua Tree National Park accompany Yachty’s sonically divergent — and at this point, unreleased — fifth album, Let’s Start Here . For a psychedelic rock project that plays like one long song, the visual aids not only help attendees embrace the bizarre, but also function as a road map for Yachty’s far-out trip, signaling that there is, in fact, a tracklist.

It’s a night the artist has arguably been waiting for his whole career — to finally release an album he feels proud of. An album that was, he says, made “from scratch” with all live instrumentation. An album that opens with a nearly seven-minute opus, “the BLACK seminole.,” that he claims he had to fight most of his collaborative team to keep as one, not two songs. An album that, unlike his others, has few features and is instead rich with co-writers like Mac DeMarco, Nick Hakim, Alex G and members of MGMT, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Chairlift. An album he believes will finally earn him the respect and recognition he has always sought.

Sitting in a Brooklyn studio in East Williamsburg not far from where he made most of Let’s Start Here in neighboring Greenpoint, it’s clear he has been waiting to talk about this project in depth for some time. Yachty is an open book, willing to answer anything — and share any opinion. (Especially on the slice of pizza he has been brought, which he declares “tastes like ass.”) Perhaps his most controversial take at the moment? “F-ck any of the albums I dropped before this one.”

His desire to move on from his past is understandable. When Yachty entered the industry in his mid-teens with his 2016 major-label debut, the Lil Boat mixtape, featuring the breakout hit “One Night,” he found that along with fame came sailing the internet’s choppy waters. Skeptics often took him to task for not knowing — or caring, maybe — about rap’s roots, and he never shied away from sharing hot takes on Twitter. With his willingness and ability to straddle pop and hip-hop, Yachty produced music he once called “bubble-gum trap” (he has since denounced that phrase) that polarized audiences and critics. Meanwhile, his nonchalant delivery got him labeled as a mumble rapper — another identifier he was never fond of because it felt dismissive of his talent.

“There’s a lot of kids who haven’t heard any of my references,” he continues. “They don’t know anything about Bon Iver or Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath or James Brown. I wanted to show people a different side of me — and that I can do anything, most importantly.”

Let’s Start Here is proof. Growing up in Atlanta, the artist born Miles McCollum was heavily influenced by his father, a photographer who introduced him to all kinds of sounds. Yachty, once easily identifiable by his bright red braids, found early success by posting songs like “One Night” to SoundCloud, catching the attention of Kevin “Coach K” Lee, co-founder/COO of Quality Control Music, now home to Migos, Lil Baby and City Girls. In 2015, Coach K began managing Yachty, who in summer 2016 signed a joint-venture deal with Motown, Capitol Records and Quality Control.

“Yachty was me when I was 18 years old, when I signed him. He was actually me,” says Coach K today. (In 2021, Adam Kluger, whose clients include Bhad Bhabie, began co-managing Yachty.) “All the eclectic, different things, we shared that with each other. He had been wanting to make this album from the first day we signed him. But you know — coming as a hip-hop artist, you have to play the game.”

Yachty played it well. To date, he has charted 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 , including two top 10 hits for his features on DRAM’s melodic 2016 smash “Broccoli” and Kyle’s 2017 pop-rap track “iSpy.” His third-highest-charting entry arrived unexpectedly last year: the 93-second “Poland,” a track Yachty recorded in about 10 minutes where his warbly vocals more closely resemble singing than rapping. ( Let’s Start Here collaborator SADPONY saw “Poland” as a temperature check that proved “people are going to like this Yachty.”)

Beginning with 2016’s Lil Boat mixtape, all eight of Yachty’s major-label-released albums and mixtapes have charted on the Billboard 200 . Three have entered the top 10, including Let’s Start Here , which debuted and peaked at No. 9. And while Yachty has only scored one No. 1 album before ( Teenage Emotions topped Rap Album Sales), Let’s Start Here debuted atop three genre charts: Top Rock & Alternative Albums , Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums .

“It feels good to know that people in that world received this so well,” says Motown Records vp of A&R Gelareh Rouzbehani. “I think it’s a testament to Yachty going in and saying, ‘F-ck what everyone thinks. I’m going to create something that I’ve always wanted to make — and let us hope the world f-cking loves it.’ ”

Yet despite Let’s Start Here ’s many high-profile supporters, some longtime detractors and fans alike were quick to criticize certain aspects of it, from its art — Yachty quote-tweeted one remark , succinctly replying, “shut up” — to the music itself. Once again, he found himself facing another tidal wave of discourse. But this time, he was ready to ride it. “This release,” Kluger says, “gave him a lot of confidence.”

“I was always kind of nervous to put out music, but now I’m on some other sh-t,” Yachty says. “It was a lot of self-assessing and being very real about not being happy with where I was musically, knowing I’m better than where I am. Because the sh-t I was making did not add up to the sh-t I listened to.

“I just wanted more,” he continues. “I want to be remembered. I want to be respected.”

Last spring, Lil Yachty gathered his family, collaborators and team at famed Texas studio complex Sonic Ranch.

“I remember I got there at night and drove down because this place is like 30 miles outside El Paso,” Coach K says. “I walked in the room and just saw all these instruments and sh-t, and the vibe was just so ill. And I just started smiling. All the producers were in the room, his assistant, his dad. Yachty comes in, puts the album on. We got to the second song, and I told everybody, ‘Stop the music.’ I walked over to him and just said, ‘Man, give me a hug.’ I was like, ‘Yachty, I am so proud of you.’ He came into the game bold, but [to make] this album, you have to be very bold. And to know that he finally did it, it was overwhelming.”

SADPONY (aka Jeremiah Raisen) — who executive-produced Let’s Start Here and, in doing so, spent nearly eight straight months with Yachty — says the time at Sonic Ranch was the perfect way to cap off the months of tunnel vision required while making the album in Brooklyn. “That was new alone,” says Yachty. “I’ve recorded every album in Atlanta at [Quality Control]. That was the first time I recorded away from home. First time I recorded with a new engineer,” Miles B.A. Robinson, a Saddle Creek artist.

Yachty couldn’t wait to put it out, and says he turned it in “a long time ago. I think it was just label sh-t and trying to figure out the right time to release it.” For Coach K, it was imperative to have the physical product ready on release date, given that Yachty had made “an experience” of an album. And lately, most pressing plants have an average turnaround time of six to eight months.

Fans, however, were impatient. On Christmas, one month before Let’s Start Here would arrive, the album leaked online. It was dubbed Sonic Ranch . “Everyone was home with their families, so no one could pull it off the internet,” recalls Yachty. “That was really depressing and frustrating.”

Then, weeks later, the album art, tracklist and release date also leaked. “My label made a mistake and sent preorders to Amazon too early, and [the site] posted it,” Yachty says. “So I wasn’t able to do the actual rollout for my album that I wanted to. Nothing was a secret anymore. It was all out. I had a whole plan that I had to cancel.” He says the biggest loss was various videos he made to introduce and contextualize the project, all of which “were really weird … [But] I wasn’t introducing it anymore. People already knew.” Only one, called “Department of Mental Tranquility,” made it out, just days before the album.

Yachty says he wasn’t necessarily seeking a mental escape before making Let’s Start Here , but confesses that acid gave him one anyway. “I guess maybe the music went along with it,” he says. The album title changed four or five times, he says, from Momentary Bliss (“It was meant to take you away from reality … where you’re truly listening”) to 180 Degrees (“Because it’s the complete opposite of anything I’ve ever done, but people were like, ‘It’s too on the nose’ ”) to, ultimately, Let’s Start Here — the best way, he decided, to succinctly summarize where he was as an artist: a seven-year veteran, but at 25 years old, still eager to begin a new chapter.

Taking inspiration from Dark Side , Yachty relied on three women’s voices throughout the album, enlisting Fousheé, Justine Skye and Diana Gordon. Otherwise, guest vocals are spare. Daniel Caesar features on album closer “Reach the Sunshine.,” while the late Bob Ross (of The Joy of Painting fame) has a historic posthumous feature on “We Saw the Sun!”

Rouzbehani tells Billboard that Ross’ estate declined Yachty’s request at first: “I think a big concern of theirs was that Yachty is known as a rapper, and Bob Ross and his brand are very clean. They didn’t want to associate with anything explicit.” But Yachty was adamant, and Rouzbehani played the track for Ross’ team and also sent the entire album’s lyrics to set the group at ease. “With a lot of back-and-forth, we got the call,” she says. “Yachty is the first artist that has gotten a Bob Ross clearance in history.”

From the start, Coach K believed Let’s Start Here would open lots of doors for Yachty — and ultimately, other artists, too. Questlove may have said it best, posting the album art on Instagram with a lengthy caption that read in part: “this lp might be the most surprising transition of any music career I’ve witnessed in a min, especially under the umbrella of hip hop … Sh-t like this (envelope pushing) got me hyped about music’s future.”

Recently, Lil Yachty held auditions for an all-women touring band. “It was an experience for like Simon Cowell or Randy [Jackson],” he says, offering a simple explanation for the choice: “In my life, women are superheroes.”

And according to Yachty, pulling off his show will take superhuman strength: “Because the show has to match the album. It has to be big.” As eager as he was to release Let’s Start Here , he’s even more antsy to perform it live — but planning a tour, he says, required gauging the reaction to it. “This is so new for me, and to be quite honest with you, the label [didn’t] know how [the album] would do,” he says. “Also, I haven’t dropped an album in like three years. So we don’t even know how to plan a tour right now because it has been so long and my music is so different.”

While Yachty’s last full-length studio album, Lil Boat 3 , arrived in 2020, he released the Michigan Boy Boat mixtape in 2021, a project as reverential of the state’s flourishing hip-hop scenes in Detroit and Flint as Let’s Start Here is of its psych-rock touchstones. And though he claims he doesn’t do much with his days, his recent accomplishments, both musical and beyond, suggest otherwise. He launched his own cryptocurrency, YachtyCoin, at the end of 2020; signed his first artist, Draft Day, to his Concrete Boyz label at the start of 2021; invested in the Jewish dating app Lox Club; and launched his own line of frozen pizza, Yachty’s Pizzeria, last September. (He has famously declared he has never eaten a vegetable; at his Jersey City listening event, there was an abundance of candy, doughnut holes and Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts.)

But there are only two things that seem to remotely excite him, first and foremost of which is being a father. As proud as he is of Let’s Start Here , he says it comes in second to having his now 1-year-old daughter — though he says with a laugh that she “doesn’t really give a f-ck” about his music yet. “I haven’t played [this album] for her, but her mom plays her my old stuff,” he continues. “The mother of my child is Dominican and Puerto Rican, so she loves Selena — she plays her a lot . [We watch] the Selena movie with Jennifer Lopez a sh-t ton and a lot of Disney movie sh-t, like Frozen , Lion King and that type of vibe.”

Aside from being a dad, he most cares about working with other artists. Recently, he flew eight of his biggest fans — most of whom he has kept in touch with for years — to Atlanta. He had them over, played Let’s Start Here , took them to dinner and bowling, introduced them to his mom and dad, and then showed them a documentary he made for the album. (He’s not sure if he’ll release it.) One of the fans is an aspiring rapper; naturally, the two made a song together.

Yachty wants to keep working with artists and producers outside of hip-hop, mentioning the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and even sharing his dream of writing a ballad for Elton John. (“I know I could write him a beautiful song.”) With South Korean music company HYBE’s recent purchase of Quality Control — a $300 million deal — Yachty’s realm of possibility is bigger than ever.

But he’s not ruling out his genre roots. Arguably, Let’s Start Here was made for the peers and heroes he played it for first — and was inspired by hip-hop’s chameleons. “I would love to do a project with Tyler [The Creator],” says Yachty. “He’s the reason I made this album. He’s the one who told me to do it, just go for it. He’s so confident and I have so much respect for him because he takes me seriously, and he always has.”

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This story originally appeared in the March 11, 2023, issue of Billboard.

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Our  weekly podcast includes in-depth analysis of the new albums we find extraordinary, exciting, and just plain terrible. This week, Reviews Director  Jeremy D. Larson hosts Staff Writer  Alphonse Pierre and Contributing Editor  Dylan Green to talk about  Lil Yachty ’s unlikely trajectory from SoundCloud rap ambassador to trippy funk explorer, and why his new album  Let’s Start Here. doesn’t totally hit the mark.

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Jeremy D. Larson:  On the new album’s first song, “ the BLACK seminole. ,” there’s one lyric that stood out to me: “This part I’ve seen in my dreams/Love is not a lie/It just feels like a Tarantino movie scene.”

Dylan Green:  Oh, my God. What does that mean?

Larson: Is he talking about  Inglourious Basterds ? [ laughter ]  Grindhouse ? It speaks to the almost-specific nature of this album, like we’re  almost getting a clear image of exactly what he’s talking about, but he stops just short of creating this world that feels like you can fully inhabit it.

Green:  But really, what movie is he talking about?! I don’t want to be like Travolta and Uma Thurman in  Pulp Fiction .

Larson:  Tough love between those two.

Green:  I don’t want my life to end like the couple did at the end of  Inglourious Basterds , where she burns the movie theater to the ground. Like, what do you want, Yachty? [ laughter ]

Larson:  What do you think his favorite Tarantino movie is?

Alphonse Pierre:  Probably  Pulp Fiction ?

Larson:   Jackie Brown ? Underrated.

Pierre:  That’s the movie he  should have watched before this, because I feel like he would have gotten some different influences from that Blaxploitation era that Tarantino was pulling from.

Green:  Oh, shit!

Larson:  Man, that would’ve been great. Some more Isaac Hayes, some more  Shaft .

Pierre:  That’s the sound they needed, a little bit more funk.

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On Thursday (May 16), Boat was interviewed in a new episode of A Safe Place Podcast where he gave his thoughts on the epic battle between Drake and Kendrick Lamar . Yachty said he enjoyed the battle but not the aspect of so many artists ganging up on Drizzy.

"I think Drake has dealt with that s**t since the beginning of time," Boat said in the interview below, which has seemingly been taken down. "He's always not truly been liked. It's unfortunate. I really wish it was only Drake and Kendrick. It kinda seemed like when Kendrick came out and was like 'I hate this n***a' everyone was like finally like, 'I hate him too.' Which is kinda p***y. It was a really good battle. I think that we'll never get something like that again," he continued.

The Atlanta rapper went on to say people deemed Drake a loser before the battle was over because he's been on top for so long and rap fans want to see him fall. He also deemed the rap battle over, saying "Not Like Us" was the nail in the coffin.

"I think it's over," he added. "I think it ended with 'Not Like Us.' It's a banger."

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Fans have been reacting to Lil Yachty's new interview on X, formerly known as Twitter, with mixed opinions.

"Bruh! I hate fence seaters more than liars," one person posted.

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On the latest episode of his podcast A Safe Place , Lil Yachty spoke on a variety of topics pertaining to his proximity to the Drake and Kendrick Lamar feud . The Atlanta rapper wasn’t too into being name-dropped by Kendrick on “ Euphoria ,” telling his producer, “I really didn’t want anything to do with it,” after revealing he received a ton of excited calls and texts from friends. He also knew his name was going to be mentioned before the song came out adding, “I knew that my name was mentioned before it came out. I didn’t hear the record but I had got word that I was mentioned. I wasn’t surprised.”

However, Boat was also able to appreciate two of rap’s most important figures battling it out, saying, “I got a ton of respect for both of these guys. Honestly, it was a cool thing to watch. I learned so much. It was an honor and blessing to be able to experience it firsthand.”

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In another clip, he gives his opinion on who won or lost, and as of right now, Yachty has it as a draw because the cards were stacked against the Toronto rapper. “Drake dropped great records. But also, let’s be fair: Drake was deemed a loser in this battle before it started because people don’t like him and haven’t,” he said after suggesting Kendrick’s apparent “animosity.” He continued by admitting he thinks Drake will be fine: “I don’t think people are gonna stop listening to Drake and Drake’s career is gonna flush.”

Boat then said he told Drake “I don’t feel like you won or lost” before adding, “Rappers have lost, and then lost everything. But this hasn’t happened to Drake. He will still be in everybody’s Spotify Wrapped at the end of the year and he’ll still drop hits and control the summer. I think Kendrick made very smart moves and I don’t think Drake would disagree.”

Lil Yachty speaking on the Kendrick Lamar & Drake rap battle "Drake was deemed a loser in this battle before it started, cause people don't like him and havent… I think he still sits on top of the throne… I told Drake I don't feel like you won or lost" via @ASafePlacePod — SOUND (@itsavibe) May 17, 2024

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Each member of the Concrete Boys brings a unique flavor to the table: 

Lil Yachty: As the frontman, Lil Yachty brings his signature melodic style and playful lyricism to the group. His catchy hooks and energetic performances elevate their tracks, making him a driving force in the Concrete Boys’ success. 

Draft Day: Known for his chameleonic flow, Draft Day adapts seamlessly to any beat. His versatility adds depth to the group’s sound, allowing them to explore various genres while maintaining authenticity. 

Dc2trill: Hailing from the South, Dc2trill injects raw energy into the Concrete Boys’ music. His gritty delivery and streetwise lyrics resonate with fans, providing a balance to Lil Yachty’s more lighthearted approach. 

Camo!: The wordsmith of the crew, Camo! showcases elite wordplay and intricate rhyme schemes. His clever metaphors and storytelling abilities contribute to the group’s lyrical prowess. 

Karrahbooo: The breakout star, Karrahbooo, combines a laid-back personality with an effortless flow. Her smooth delivery and relatable content resonate with listeners, making her an essential part of the Concrete Boys’ dynamic. 

The Concrete Boys epitomize being “solid individuals,” unapologetically true to themselves. Their debut project, “It’s Us Volume 1,” dropped recently, solidifying their place in the rap scene. There is much more talent behind the scenes in this infectious new crew and we are looking forward to seeing them evolve and continue to captivate the attention of hip hop fans and music lovers worldwide.

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The Lil Yachty MyTEAM card is the latest addition to NBA 2K23, which follows other rappers who’ve been added to the game, such as Lil Wayne, J. Cole, and more. Originally from Mableton, Georgia, Lil Yachty is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer who’s dropped popular singles like “One Night” and “Minnesota”. Lil was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his song “Broccoli”.

How to Unlock Lil Yachty in NBA 2K23 MyTEAM

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Fans will be able to earn Lil Yachty’s card by completing his Spotlight Challenge (which can be found under MyTEAM > Single Player > Challenges > Spotlight Challenges). Here are the details:

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"No one writes my lyrics EVER" - Kid Cudi dispels rumor Lil Yachty shared songwriting credit for his song Superboy

G rammy Award-winning artist Kid Cudi has come forward to address false claims regarding the songwriting credits for his hit track Superboy .

On May 7, 2024, Cudi replied to a fan on X and unequivocally asserted that he was the sole creative force behind the lyrics of Superboy . However, rumors had suggested that fellow rapper Lil Yachty was involved in the writing process and deserved songwriting credit for the popular song. Kid Cudi is adamant that this is not the case -

"No one writes my lyrics EVER. Every song U have ever heard from me, I wrote," he replied on X.

During discussions on X, a few observers speculated that Kid Cudi's recent statement is a subtle reference to Drake, who has faced ghostwriting allegations. Cudi denied the reference.

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Kid Cudi dismisses allegations of songwriting collaboration with Lil Yachty

In a candid discussion on X, Cudi's fan tweeted that if Cudi and Jaden's rumored upcoming new album had a Lil Yachty collab, it would be a banger, as he had produced two of Cudi's songs, including Superboy . In response, a fan wrote that he saw Yachty under the writer's credit for Superboy .

Kid Cudi came in to dispel any misinformation surrounding the origins of Superboy and reaffirm his commitment to authenticity in his artistry. Referring to the credits, Cudi suggested the names fans see on the list can be "confusing" and names are of "usually producers" -

"The credits on songs can be confusing when u see all those names, and its usually producers of the song or sample."

On the same day, Cudi tweeted a separate post suggesting he is the sole writer of all 12 albums. He expressed the feeling as "powerful" -

"Its a really powerful feeling knowing I wrote the lyrics on all 12 of my albums."

Under the tweet, a fan humorously suggested that the Erase Me artist is referring to Drake . Kid Cudi then clarified he did not want to diss anyone, but it is a straightforward declaration of factual accuracy following confusion that Lil Yachty wrote his lyrics -

"Man me speakin my truth is not me dissing anyone. Its my truth. Its a fact. This came up cuz someone was talkin like yachty wrote my verse on Superboy. Just wanted to address it and make it 100% clear," Cudi replied.

This instance is not the first time Kid Cudi had to address his association with Drake. In 2022, during an interview with Esquire, Cudi, discussing his relationship with Ye, suggested that he is "not Drake", who can be friends again with someone he had beefed with. Later, he took X to clarify his statement, implying that Drake can be "lil nicer" and that he was not throwing at him -

"Just to be clear, I wasnt tryna throw a shot at Drake. I got love 4 him. My point I was tryna make is that im not so forgiving. Meaning he might be a lil nicer than me in that situation w dude. Thats all. Maybe that came off wrong thru my words. So yea, all good w Drake."

In the tweet earlier this week, the fan referenced Drake in the discussion because many rappers, including Kendrick Lamar , have accused Drake of ghostwriting and using AI in his lyrics. In 2015, Meek Mill first alleged that Drake used a ghostwriter to pen his verse in their collaboration R.I.C.O .

Also, most recently, on April 15, 2024, Rick Ross accused Lil Yachty of writing for Drake . The allegations came after when an early version of Drake's song Her Loss, alternatively titled Jumbotron Shit Poppin , recorded by Lil Yachty, surfaced online without authorization. Ross took to his Instagram and called Yachty, Drake's "pen" -

"Yacht, Put ya phone on silent lil bro. #BBLDRIZZY CALLING AGAIN. YACHT AKA THE PEN."

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Hear lil yachty’s thoughts on winner of kendrick lamar and drake beef.


Many have chimed in with their thoughts on who came out victorious in the Kendrick Lamar and Drake feud. The latest comes from Drake’s buddy Lil Yachty via clips from an as-of-yet unreleased episode of his  A Safe Place  podcast.

In one of the clips, Yachty said he believes there was no clear winner in the battle. He noted that Kendrick had more “animosity” in his songs, but said his friend “dropped great records,” despite the opinions of fans who’d predicted he’d lose.

“Let’s be fair: Drake was deemed a loser in this battle before it started because people don’t like him and haven’t,” he said, adding that he told Drizzy, “I don’t feel like you won or lost.”

In fact, Yachty doesn’t believe the battle will negatively affect Drake’s career.

“I don’t think people are gonna stop listening to Drake and Drake’s career is gonna flush,” he said, later explaining, “Rappers have lost, and then lost everything. But this hasn’t happened to Drake. He will still be in everybody’s Spotify Wrapped at the end of the year, and he’ll still drop hits and control the summer. I think Kendrick made very smart moves and I don’t think Drake would disagree.”

Though Yachty knew he’d be name-dropped in the battle and admitted he “really didn’t want anything to do with it,” he said he respects both stars and was happy he could witness their back-and-forth.

“Honestly, it was a cool thing to watch. I learned so much,” he said. “It was an honor and blessing to be able to experience it firsthand.”

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Rapsody talks Lil Wayne collab on new album “Please Don’t Cry”.

Rapsody made her return with a brand new album “ Please Don’t Cry ”, which is her fourth studio effort, and a follow-up to 2019’s “Eve”. The legendary emcee now sat down with HipHopDX for a new interview, where she revealed that Lil Wayne’s verse on the album made her re-write her bars 27 times.

“I just wanna say what I say and make it fun,” she said at the 29:00 minute mark. “But then, he sent his verse, and I was like, ‘I gotta match the level of artistry.’ Like, it’s Wayne.”

She continued, “And I ain’t scared to say it, because he’s one of the GOATs. It is what it is. A lot of artists won’t say it. But I’ll say it: I probably wrote my verse like 27 times.”

On the album, Lil Wayne appeared on the song called “Raw”, which also featured Niko Brim. The 22 track project also featured appearances from Phylicia Rashad, Bee-B, DIXSON, Erykah Badu, Alex Isley, Bibi Bourelly, Keznamdi, Nicole Bus, Niko Brim and more.

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