Lil Yachty was the subject of a profile from MTV News. Yachty and writer Charles Aaron drove around Atlanta and talked about his influence on kids, his stance in hip-hop, the Biggie/Tupac “controversy” (if that’s what you want to call it), among other things.
Within the story, Yachty also revealed the name of his debut album: Teenage Emotions.
The rapper (or artist, or King Of The Teens, which Yachty wants to be called) released two projects last year, Summer Songs 2 and Lil Boat.
He talked about his fans staying loyal no matter the criticism.
“People say I’m destroying hip-hop, and I’m like, there’s so much hip-hop, and it’s so popular, so I don’t know why I have the power to destroy it,” he said. “It’s ridiculous! Also, I feel like there are genres within genres everywhere else, like in rock — you don’t hear Slipknot complaining about Paramore not being hardcore enough. But hip-hop has to be this one type of thing — hardcore, street, storytelling, the struggle — or it’s not real. I don’t get that. People bashed Drake based off the fact that he didn’t suffer. Who cares?! Do you like the music or not?”
He also reacted to what older people say about his influence on hip-hop.
“My fans are so loyal and dedicated that I don’t care that much about winning people over, but I know it’s gonna change and people will eventually give my shit a chance, bro. That’s why I’m working so hard on this album, not to please others, but I’m just really trying, bro, to show people that, like, I’m not just fucking bad! You know, honestly, bro, I’m not a joke. I’m not making fun of hip-hop or being disrespectful. It’s not play rap, it’s as real as anything. I don’t know, who cares? I’m getting confused just talking about it.”
Read the full profile on MTV.