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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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:
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.