Since bursting onto the scene as a teenager, Lil Yachty became one of the most polarizing artists in not just hip-hop, but in music. He turned into an overnight internet sensation in 2015 with viral songs such as “One Night” and “Minnesota” exploding on SoundCloud. He later caught everyone’s eye when modeling in February 2016 in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion line at Madison Square Garden. Scoring two top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits with guest appearances on Kyle’s “iSpy” and D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” Yachty’s start of his career was one of the hottest in music in recent years but it didn’t come with any setbacks.
Many felt Yachty was disrespectful with his comments about hip-hop legends such as The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. His debut album, Teenage Emotions, dropped in 2016 but wasn’t received well, with some questioning if the Atlanta rapper’s time was up. However, through trial and tribulations comes growth, and Yachty has learned a lot from his past experiences.
“In the beginning, the criticism and the hate,” Yachty explains about the difficult parts of fame backstage at the Boiler Room event in his hometown. The event was thrown in conjunction with Axe for the company’s new music program, AXE the LABEL that helps young artists rise from anonymity to stardom. “People hate me for no reason, and after that Biggie stuff, it was hard.”
He continues, “I was young and I never dealt with it before. But it molded me into the man I am now because I don’t give a f*ck now. I just had to learn responsibilities and maturity fast with no one really teaching me or telling me, I just had to do it. I had to take a lot of L’s, even in my private life, I just had to go through a lot of situations, lose a lot of friends, family members, I just had to go through a lot to boss up.”
Later on in the conversation, Lil Yachty discuss his next project, which he says will sound closer to his Lil Boat mixtape, living with his close friends and how he spends his spare time watching porn. Yachty’s last project, Nuthin’ 2 Prove, was released last October and featured guest such names as, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Cardi B, Offset, Trippie Redd and others.
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