Lil Yachty Claims He Can Rap Better Than 75% of His Hip-Hop Peers

Lil Yachty, along with some of his rap peers, believes he can out rap most of the newcomers in hip-hop.

The revelation came about when Miami rapper Smokepurpp brought the subject to light via social media. “Bro this nigga @lilyachty sooo underrated,” he tweeted. “this nigga deadass got bars and people overlook him smh, definitely top 10 rn NO CAP.” Yachty replied to the statement with his own co-sign. “real underdog bruh, I can prolly out rap 75% of the new generation but n***as sleep on me,” he replied. “Plus i ain’t got nothing to prove brother.”

Yachty doubled down on his statements when That Boy A.B. questions his lyricism, stating “you don't got bars cuzzo lol”

Lil Uzi Vert stepped into the conversation to back Yachty up.

Lil Yachty has often been challenged about the quality of his rhymes (most notably by The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne, who called him the “poster child for wack rappers” during an interview). However, it appears that Lil Boat has been working overtime to prove his doubters wrong.

Smokepurpp told XXL that Yachty blew him away during the making of their collaboration “Do Not Disturb.”

“He just freestyled that shit. Like 10 minutes, he was done with that shit. I was like, “I'm not gon' lie, his recording process, that shit is fire because he literally goes in a freestyle and it's like nothing to him. People don't give Yachty the credit that he deserves. He actually snaps. He actually says shit, he be coming with the metaphors and n***as don't give him credit for that. In my opinion, he's a good rapper—one of the best rappers out right now.”

Back in March, Yachty dropped Lil Boat 2, which boasted guest appearances by Quavo (“Talk to Me Nice”), Trippie Redd (“66”), Tee Grizzley (“Get Money Bros”), 2 Chainz (“Oops”), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“NBA Youngboat”), and many more. The album was a sharp departure from the bubbly, more upbeat vibe of his debut album Teenage Emotions.

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Lil Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane Have a Collab Project Dropping Soon

2017 was a big year for Lil Yachty. He released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, which included features from some of the most prominent names in music: Migos, Diplo, and YG, among others. The “bubblegum trap” artist also saw his work nominated for two awards—a Grammy for Best Sung/Rap Collaboration (“Broccoli” with DRAM) and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video (“iSpy” with Kyle).

One of the best things Lil Yachty has done is associate himself with, and give himself the opportunity to learn from, other successful hip-hop artists. He'll continue that trend with a collaboration album that is slated to drop later this month.

The project features some of Atlanta's finest: Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane. The project will reportedly be titled Glacier Boyz Tape.

Gucci Mane teased the project in January.

Migos, during a January visit with The Breakfast Club to promote their new album, Culture II, also confirmed they had a project coming with Gucci Mane. Additionally, Quavo had teased the project with a quickly-deleted tweet.

It's not clear whether Yachty was a part of the project when the idea was initially hatched, but he made the news of Glacier Boyz Tape a little more formal with a tweet on Sunday.

Expect to see the project released in the next few weeks. Brrrr.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If Lil Yachty’s Debut Album Flopped

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska listen to the new Jay Electronica song and try to determine whether or not they're still waiting on his album. They also break down Tyga's career to this point and if the door is closed on his potential comeback. The crew also check out the snippet of the leaked LeBron James and Kevin Durant rap song from 2011 and imagine who has the best verse. Later, Budden and Akademiks debate over Lil Yachty's first week numbers for Teenage Emotions before going through their best albums of the year, so far. 


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Lil Yachty Says His Team Told Him to Lie About the Controversial Cello Line

We're barely a week into the release of Lil Yachty's debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. One of the more controversial moments from it is the “cello” line off “Peek-A-Boo,” which Yachty blamed on his A&R, because he “listened to that song many times, and he allowed me to say that.” Yachty then said he “thought Squidward played the cello,” and acknowledged that he fucked up.

During his recent stop at Hot 97 for Ebro in the Morning, Ebro brought up the cello line, and Rosenberg revealed a piece of an off-air conversation that he had with Yachty about the cello line, saying that “people said to him, 'You could just say a cello was a nickname for a dick,'” but Yachty kept it a thousand, admitting to Rosenberg, “No, I actually thought it was a woodwind instrument.'” This specific part begins at the nine-minute mark.

Yachty point blank said, “My A&R told me, I could say it's like a big dick,” but he figured it made more sense “to just tell the truth.” Although now he admits that “was the wrong idea, the wrong thing to do.”

This expanded into a huge conversation about some of the most confusing lyrics in hip-hop, but if you're here for more Yachty-specific talk, make sure you check out Yachty's short list of foods he actually digs (which includes pizza, corn dogs, and sugary soda), as well as talk about what he actually does since he doesn't hit the club or get drunk or high (spoiler alert: he usually just shops, plays video games, and gets cozy with the fairer sex). Yachty also talks about his recent visit on Everyday Struggle and going toe-to-toe with Joe Budden. You can check that out at the 13:14 mark.

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Lil Yachty and Joe Budden Hash Out Their Differences In-Person on ‘Everyday Struggle’

Lil Yachty joins Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks as our very first guest on Everyday Struggle, and this episode may be our most explosive yet with Yachty and Budden going head-to-head to iron out their issues.

Quick backstory: Budden previously questioned Yachty's credibility as a hip-hop artist, which not only received a response from Lil Boat, but his father as well

And that brings us to today's episode. 12 hours removed from stealing the spotlight at the Met Gala red carpet, Lil Yachty attempts to share his side of the story, but Budden comes out firing.

Yachty talks about the inspiration behind the album cover for his debut album Teenage Emotions, which was the source of Budden's ire when he went at the young rapper a few episodes ago. 

They also discuss Yachty's comments from last year when the Atlanta representative said the Notorious B.I.G. was overrated. He takes the time here to explain it was mistake to say that and he wishes he didn't say it in the first place.

Budden makes it clear he wants Yachty to appreciate hip-hop culture and its history, which leads to more back-and-forth over what it means to be fully invested in it. Yachty also shares his feelings on the new generation of rappers and where he fits in. “I'm the outcast of the hip-hop game,” he says.

Later, Budden and Akademiks critique Wale and his new album Shine, as well as invite him on to the show. Watch the full video above.

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Does Lil Yachty Make Good Music Or Is He The “Poster Child For Wack Rappers”?

Lil Yachty provokes strong opinions. To his fans, he's an endlessly positive hit-making young entrepreneur who can both rap and sing pop hooks. To New York radio host Charlamagne Tha God he is “the poster child for wack rappers.” But what do the people think? See what happened when we hit the streets of New York to find out in the video above.

Lil Yachty recently announced his new album Teenage Emotions and shared the excellent cover—see that here and read our in-depth investigation into the importance of cover art in 2017 here.

See whether New York thinks Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive below.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate Whether Lil Yachty Is Bad for Hip-Hop Culture

On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks share some quick thoughts on Kendrick Lamar's Damn officially going No. 1. They also break down Lil Yachty's Teenage Emotions album cover and why he may have went the route he did. Later, Budden and Akademiks take a close look at Desiigner's current standing in the game and whether he should be blaming NYC radio for not supporting his new music. Additionally, Budden and Akademiks also share a message for DMX and predict if Quavo should pursue a solo career outside of Migos. 

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Lil Yachty Just Upgraded Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm”

Katy Perry has spent most of the last month doing everything in her power to promote her latest single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” which features Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. She has performed the song at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She has released an elaborate (and likely expensive) amusement park-themed music video. And she has even allowed the indie band Hot Chip to give the song an electronic remix. As a result, the song has climbed as high as No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Late Tuesday, “Chained to the Rhythm” got another push when Lil Yachty revealed he had also given the song the remix—er, “BoatRemix”—treatment. On Lil Boat’s version of the song, the beat has been slowed down dramatically, which allows for him to flex his Auto-Tuned vocals on the track. “Chained to the beat now/Feelin’ good, got good vibes,” he croons. “Take a shot, baby, loosen up/You the star of the scene now/I went from readin’ magazines to being on the cover/Get up in the groove now/Let me see you move now.”


Thank You Katy ❤️ Up Now On My SoundCloud.

A post shared by KING BOAT (@lilyachty) on Mar 21, 2017 at 5:25pm PDT

Yachty also punctuates his performance by yelling “I love you, Katy!” as only he can after dropping a second verse on the song.

“Chained to the Rhythm” serves as the first single for Perry’s fifth album, which is still without a release date. Outside of helping Perry push her song, the “BoatRemix” of “Chained to the Rhythm” should also help get some fresh eyes and ears on Yachty as he prepares to release his debut album, Teenage Emotions, sometime later this year.

You can listen to Perry and Yachty’s version of “Chained to the Rhythm” below:

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Lil Yachty Wants YG to Hurry Up and Send His Verse for ‘Teenage Emotions’

Complex News caught up with Lil Yachty ahead of his YouTube showcase at SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas. There, Lil Boat explained he's feeling immense pressure while crafting his debut album Teenage Emotions, since he's built such a big fan base and attracted a lot of attention over the past year.

The Atlanta rapper wouldn't reveal much information about who will be featured on the project, but he did take the opportunity to call out YG for a feature verse he's been waiting on. And by “call out,” we mean that he pleaded with YG to send over the verse.

Check out the full interview in the video above.

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