Find anything you save across the site in your account

How Lil Yachty Ended Up at His Excellent New Psychedelic Album Let's Start Here

By Brady Brickner-Wood

Lil Yachty attends Wicked Featuring 21 Savage at Forbes Arena at Morehouse College on October 19 2022 in Atlanta Georgia.

The evening before Lil Yachty released his fifth studio album,  Let’s Start Here,  he  gathered an IMAX theater’s worth of his fans and famous friends at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City and made something clear: He wanted to be taken seriously. Not just as a “Soundcloud rapper, not some mumble rapper, not some guy that just made one hit,” he told the crowd before pressing play on his album. “I wanted to be taken serious because music is everything to me.” 

There’s a spotty history of rappers making dramatic stylistic pivots, a history Yachty now joins with  Let’s Start Here,  a funk-flecked psychedelic rock album. But unlike other notable rap-to-rock faceplants—Kid Cudi’s  Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven  comes to mind, as does Lil Wayne’s  Rebirth —the record avoids hackneyed pastiche and gratuitous playacting and cash-grabbing crossover singles; instead, Yachty sounds unbridled and free, a rapper creatively liberated from the strictures of mainstream hip-hop. Long an oddball who’s delighted in defying traditional rap ethos and expectations,  Let’s Start Here  is a maximalist and multi-genre undertaking that rewrites the narrative of Yachty’s curious career trajectory. 

Admittedly, it’d be easy to write off the album as Tame Impala karaoke, a gimmicky record from a guy who heard Yves Tumor once and thought: Let’s do  that . But set aside your Yachty skepticism and probe the album’s surface a touch deeper. While the arrangements tend toward the obvious, the record remains an intricate, unraveling swell of sumptuous live instruments and reverb-drenched textures made more impressive by the fact that Yachty co-produced every song. Fielding support from an all-star cast of characters, including production work from former Chairlift member Patrick Wimberly, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait, Justin Raisen, Nick Hakim, and Magdalena Bay, and vocals from Daniel Caesar, Diana Gordon,  Foushée , Justine Skye, and Teezo Touchdown, Yachty surrounds himself with a group of disparately talented collaborators. You can hear the acute attention to detail and wide-scale ambition in the spaced-out denouement on “We Saw the Sun!” or on the blistering terror of “I’ve Officially Lost Vision!!!!” or during the cool romanticism of “Say Something.” Though occasionally overindulgent,  Let’s Start Here  is a spectacular statement from hip-hop’s prevailing weirdo. It’s not shocking that Yachty took another hard left—but how exactly did he end up  here ?

In 2016, as the forefather of “bubblegum trap” ascended into mainstream consciousness, an achievement like  Let’s Start Here  would’ve seemed inconceivable. The then 18-year-old Yachty gained national attention when a pair of his songs, “One Night” and “Minnesota,” went viral. Though clearly indebted to hip-hop trailblazers Lil B, Chief Keef, and Young Thug, his work instantly stood apart from the gritted-teeth toughness of his Atlanta trap contemporaries. Yachty flaunted a childlike awe and cartoonish demeanor that communicated a swaggering, unbothered cool. His singsong flows and campy melodies contained a winking humor to them, a subversive playfulness that endeared him to a generation of very online kids who saw themselves in Yachty’s goofy, eccentric persona. He starred in Sprite  commercials alongside LeBron James, performed live shows at the  Museum of Modern Art , and modeled in Kanye West’s  Life of Pablo  listening event at Madison Square Garden. Relishing in his cultural influence, he declared to the  New York Times  that he was not a rapper but an  artist. “And I’m more than an artist,” he added. “I’m a brand.”

 As Sheldon Pearce pointed out in his Pitchfork  review of Yachty’s 2016 mixtape,  Lil Boat , “There isn’t a single thing Lil Yachty’s doing that someone else isn’t doing better, and in richer details.” He wasn’t wrong. While Yachty’s songs were charming and catchy (and, sometimes, convincing), his music was often tangential to his brand. What was the point of rapping as sharply as the Migos or singing as intensely as Trippie Redd when you’d inked deals with Nautica and Target, possessed a sixth-sense for going viral, and had incoming collaborations with Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen? What mattered more was his presentation: the candy-red hair and beaded braids, the spectacular smile that showed rows of rainbow-bedazzled grills, the wobbly, weak falsetto that defaulted to a chintzy nursery rhyme cadence. He didn’t need technical ability or historical reverence to become a celebrity; he was a meme brought to life, the personification of hip-hop’s growing generational divide, a sudden star who, like so many other Soundcloud acts, seemed destined to crash and burn after a fleeting moment in the sun.

 One problem: the music wasn’t very good. Yachty’s debut album, 2017’s  Teenage Emotions, was a glitter-bomb of pop-rap explorations that floundered with shaky hooks and schmaltzy swings at crossover hits. Worse, his novelty began to fade, those sparkly, cheerful, and puerile bubblegum trap songs aging like day-old french fries. Even when he hued closer to hard-nosed rap on 2018’s  Lil Boat 2  and  Nuthin’ 2 Prove,  you could feel Yachty desperate to recapture the magic that once came so easily to him. But rap years are like dog years, and by 2020, Yachty no longer seemed so radically weird. He was an established rapper making mid mainstream rap. The only question now was whether we’d already seen the best of him.

If his next moves were any indication—writing the  theme song to the  Saved by the Bell  sitcom revival and announcing his involvement in an upcoming  movie based on the card game Uno—then the answer was yes. But in April 2021, Yachty dropped  Michigan Boat Boy,  a mixtape that saw him swapping conventional trap for Detroit and Flint’s fast-paced beats and plain-spoken flows. Never fully of a piece with his Atlanta colleagues, Yachty found a cohort of kindred spirits in Michigan, a troop of rappers whose humor, imagination, and debauchery matched his own. From the  looks of it, leaders in the scene like Babyface Ray, Rio Da Yung OG, and YN Jay embraced Yachty with open arms, and  Michigan Boat Boy  thrives off that communion. 

 Then “ Poland ” happened. When Yachty uploaded the minute-and-a-half long track to Soundcloud a few months back, he received an unlikely and much needed jolt. Building off the rage rap production he played with on the  Birthday Mix 6  EP, “Poland” finds Yachty’s warbling about carrying pharmaceutical-grade cough syrup across international borders, a conceit that captured the imagination of TikTok and beyond. Recorded as a joke and released only after a leaked version went viral, the song has since amassed over a hundred-millions streams across all platforms. With his co-production flourishes (and adlibs) splattered across Drake and 21 Savage’s  Her Loss,  fans had reason to believe that Yachty’s creative potential had finally clicked into focus.

 But  Let’s Start Here  sounds nothing like “Poland”—in fact, the song doesn’t even appear on the project. Instead, amid a tapestry of scabrous guitars, searing bass, and vibrant drums, Yachty sounds right at home on this psych-rock spectacle of an album. He rarely raps, but his singing often relies on the virtues of his rapping: those greased-vowel deliveries and unrushed cadences, the autotune-sheathed vibrato. “Pretty,” for instance, is decidedly  not  a rap song—but what is it, then? It’s indebted to trap as much as it is ’90s R&B and MGMT, its drugged-out drums and warm keys able to house an indeterminate amount of ideas.

Yachty didn’t need to abandon hip-hop to find himself as an artist, but his experimental impulses helped him craft his first great album. Perhaps this is his lone dalliance in psych rock—maybe a return to trap is imminent. Or, maybe, he’ll make another 180, or venture deeper into the dystopia of corporate sponsorships. Who’s to say? For now, it’s invigorating to see Yachty shake loose the baggage of his teenage virality and emerge more fully into his adult artistic identity. His guise as a boundary-pushing rockstar isn’t a new archetype, but it’s an archetype he’s infused with his glittery idiosyncrasies. And look what he’s done: he’s once again morphed into a star the world didn’t see coming.

Music

Lil Yachty’s ‘Minnesota’ Video Will Make You Want Your Own Zamboni

Alex Galbraith

One thing that always gets mentioned in profiles of Lil Yachty is his charisma. His singing voice is unique, and though he does have rapping talent, he’s not always flexing it. Still, there’s something enigmatic about the Atlanta rapper, something that draws you in and refuses to let you go. I experienced it in person at the Made In America Fest when I attempted to walk away from his set several times only to be pulled back in by the next song, and that mojo is fully working in his new video for “Minnesota.”

On paper, there’s nothing all that interesting about Lil Yachty dancing in an ice rink and rapping on top of a zamboni. But he sells it so hard, with such an obvious sense of joy , that you can’t stop watching. Also, definitely worth sticking around to see that nightmarish ice statue of Lil Boat, complete with red beads and grill.

Hockey jerseys aren’t the only ’90s fashion trend that the young rapper/ sometime political activist is attempting to resuscitate. To complement his entirely nautical theme, the rapper became a big-time booster of Nautica jackets and even ended up landing his own line with the preppy retailer as they attempt a comeback.

All The Best New Afrobeats Music From This Week

NEW WAVE MAG

The curious case of lil yachty: from "minnesota" to major impact in 2023.

Lil Yachty, the endearing and enigmatic charachter born Miles Parks McCollum, emerged onto the music scene in 2016 as a vibrant force, leaving an indelible mark with a style that seamlessly blended infectious melodies, playful lyrics, and an unmistakably vibrant personality. From the outset of his career, Yachty displayed a unique musical prowess that set him apart, evident in early hits such as the catchy anthem "Minnesota" and the collaborative triumph "Broccoli." His rap name finds its origin in his early association with a group known as the "Yacht Club." As one of its youngest members, Yachty adopted the moniker as a nod to both the group's identity and his distinct position within it. The name not only reflects his affiliation with a collective but also symbolizes his individuality as a rising artist navigating the vast and dynamic seas of the music industry.

As he navigated the complex landscape of the music industry, Lil Yachty's journey became a testament to growth, evolution, and the triumph over challenges. His trajectory from those early successes to the zenith of his career in 2023 reflects not only an artist's maturation but also a constant commitment to pushing boundaries and redefining the contours of his musical identity. In this exploration, we delve into Lil Yachty's transformative odyssey, traversing the highs of his infectious tunes to the recent chart-topping zenith that marks his place as a trailblazer in contemporary hip-hop.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

The atlanta based talent was influenced by artists such as Soulja Boy's digital-era impact, Coldplay's anthemic sound, Kanye West's boundary-pushing creativity, and Lil B's unorthodox rap approach. These diverse inspirations have shaped Yachty's unique and genre-blending approach and non-conformity in the hip-hop landscape.

Lil Yachty's entry into the public eye reached a crescendo during the iconic Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden in 2016, an event that transcended mere fashion to become a cultural spectacle. Amidst the grandeur of Kanye West's fashion extravaganza, Lil Yachty emerged as a focal point, not just for his musical prowess but for his bold and distinctive appearance.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

At the show, Yachty made a lasting impression with his bright red braids, a visual statement that perfectly encapsulated his avant-garde approach to style. In a sea of models and celebrities, Yachty's vibrant and eye-catching look set him apart, becoming a visual symbol of the youthful energy and unapologetic individuality that he would later bring to his music.

By standing out as a model at the Yeezy Season 3 show, Lil Yachty signaled his arrival as more than just a musician; he became a cultural icon. His bold fashion choices and undeniable charisma in the public eye further solidified his status as an influential figure in the intersection of music, fashion, and youth culture. This moment marked the beginning of Yachty's multidimensional presence in the public consciousness, showcasing that his impact extended far beyond the confines of the traditional music industry.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Lil Yachty's initial breakthrough in the music industry came with a significant co-sign from none other than Drake's OVO Sound radio station. It was on this platform that Yachty's talent caught the attention of a talent scout from Quality Control Music, the record label that would later sign him. This is an interesting full circle point, seeing Yachty's close connection to Drake now and his influence on the megastar rapper which we will discuss later in this article.

This brings us to Yachty's first commecial music success, the infectious hit "Minnesota," a track that not only showcased his knack for crafting memorable melodies but also highlighted his carefree and playful lyrical approach. The success of "Minnesota" propelled Yachty into the spotlight, setting the stage for a series of collaborations that would define his early career.

One such collaboration was with fellow artist D.R.A.M., resulting in the chart-topping hit "Broccoli." The song's upbeat vibe and Yachty's buoyant verses contributed to its commercial success and further solidified his presence in the hip-hop landscape. These early collaborations exemplified Yachty's ability to seamlessly blend his distinctive style with that of other artists, creating a musical synergy that resonated with a broad audience.

Building on the momentum generated by these early hits, Lil Yachty released his "Lil Boat" projects in 2016, comprising the mixtape "Lil Boat" and "Summer Songs 2." These projects not only reinforced Yachty's signature sound but also demonstrated his willingness to push creative boundaries within the hip-hop genre. The buoyant beats and catchy hooks remained constants, but Yachty showcased his versatility by experimenting with different sounds, revealing a multifaceted approach to his music.

In essence, Lil Yachty's early breakthrough wasn't confined to a singular hit but rather a series of successes that showcased his ability to craft infectious melodies, collaborate seamlessly with other artists, and explore diverse sounds within the realm of hip-hop. These foundational elements laid the groundwork for Yachty's subsequent evolution as an artist, setting him apart as a trailblazer with a distinctive and ever-evolving musical identity.

Being featured in the XXL Freshman Class of 2016 marked a pivotal moment in Lil Yachty's career. This annual list identifies rising stars in the hip-hop genre, and Yachty's inclusion alongside artists like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black solidified his status as a key player in the future of rap. Aswell as being a huge honour in Lil Yachty's career, this also came with a huge amount of pressure. After the legenday cyper featuring all of his peers, it was evident that we were looking at the new generation of stars in the Hip-Hop genre. At the time, many of them seemed to have a little more musical credibility although they were all criticised for their lack of lyrical content and conventional Hip-Hop prowess. It can be argued that Lil Yachty may have taken this critisism the hardest with multiple interview appearances engaging with the older generation of Hip-Hop critics and mixed reviews on his radio freestyles. Two of the most notable critics were Ebro Darden of, Hot97 at the time and Joe Budden while interviewing Yatchy on his Complex show 'Everyday Struggle' with co-host DJ Akademiks.

Yachty used the criticism as fuel for improvement. He embarked on a journey to refine his sound and lyrics, demonstrating a commitment to personal and artistic growth. This period of introspection and evolution contributed to his resilience in the face of detractors. Many may have still not been a fan of Lil Yachty's rapping ability and may have felt like he was leaning into the criticism too much. However, it shows Lil Yachty's dedication to being a respected artist in the industry

Also during this time, beyond music Lil Yachty's continued to extended his visibility commertially. Yachty's partnerships with various brands showcased his crossover appeal, positioning him as a leading figure for brands seeking to connect with a youthful and trendsetting audience. This not only enhanced his personal brand but also solidified his role as a cultural influencer.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Lil Yachty's "Lil Boat 2" album, released in 2018, faced a mixed reception from both fans and critics, leading to a notable wave of criticism. While some appreciated the project for its energetic beats and Yachty's signature playful style, others found fault with certain aspects of the album.

One common criticism centered around the perceived departure from the lighthearted and melodic sound that characterized Yachty's earlier work. Some critics argued that "Lil Boat 2" leaned more towards a harder, trap-influenced style, deviating from the carefree and whimsical vibe that had initially endeared Yachty to a broad audience. Additionally, comparisons with Yachty's previous projects, particularly the original "Lil Boat" mixtape, contributed to the criticism. Fans who had grown attached to the earlier, more experimental sound expressed disappointment with what they perceived as a less innovative approach on "Lil Boat 2."

While Lil Yachty may not have been as visibly active in terms of personal music releases during that time, his impact in the industry persisted through collaborations, songwriting, and contributions to successful projects by other artists. It's not uncommon for artists to explore different avenues within the music industry, and Lil Yachty's involvement in creating hits for others is a testament to his adaptability and continued influence in the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop and popular music.

Lil Yachty's later ventured into film with his role in the 2019 film "How High 2," a sequel to the 2001 cult classic "How High." In the movie, Yachty played the lead role alongside DC Young Fly, portraying a student striving to find a magical strain of weed to boost his grades. While the film generated some excitement among fans of the original, it also faced criticism for not capturing the essence of the original movie.

Yachty's venture into acting marked a significant expansion of his artistic repertoire, showcasing his versatility beyond the realms of music. Fans and critics alike weighed in on his performance, and opinions varied. Some appreciated his charisma and on-screen presence, while others felt he had room for growth as an actor.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Lil Yachty made a triumphant return to the music scene with his single "Oprah's Bank Account," featuring none other than Drake. Released in March 2020, the track marked a significant moment in Yachty's career, rekindling mainstream interest and showcasing his hit-making abilities.

The collaboration with Drake undoubtedly brought considerable attention to the track, and this reflected in its chart performance. "Oprah's Bank Account" not only charted well but also received positive reviews from both fans and critics. The music video, featuring a comedic portrayal of Oprah Winfrey by Drake and Lil Yachty, added an extra layer of entertainment and helped generate buzz around the song.

Lil Yachty's "Lil Boat 3," released in May 2020, generally received positive reviews for its diverse sound, notable collaborations, and strong production quality. Fans and critics appreciated the versatility but noted that the varied styles could make the album feel somewhat inconsistent. Commercially, the album performed well, showcasing Lil Yachty's continued relevance in the hip-hop scene. Individual opinions on lyrical depth varied. For the latest updates on Lil Yachty's reception and subsequent projects, it's recommended to check more recent sources.

The later addition of two major songs, "Flex Up" and "Coffin," to the deluxe edition of Lil Yachty's "Lil Boat 3" added significant value to the album. Both tracks contributed to the extended version's appeal, offering fans new content and expanding the overall listening experience. Featuring Future and Playboi Carti, "Flex Up" brought additional star power to the deluxe edition. The collaboration with established artists like Future and Playboi Carti added an extra layer of excitement for fans and showcased Lil Yachty's ability to curate impactful collaborations. The inclusion of "Coffin" further diversified the album's sound, later becoming the soundtrack to Yachty's iconic entrance to his Rolling Loud set that is still a big social media meme.

After this success, Lil Yachty's "Michigan Boy Boat," released in April 2021, stands as a significant departure from his previous works. The album is a personal and reflective project, paying homage to Yachty's roots in Michigan. The title itself, "Michigan Boy Boat," is a nod to his connection with the state, adding a profound and sentimental dimension to the album.

A central theme of the project is Lil Yachty's collaboration with Michigan-based artists. Through this, Yachty aims to spotlight local talent and contribute to the regional hip-hop scene. The album becomes a platform for showcasing the diversity and richness of the Michigan music landscape.

However, there are potential drawbacks to consider. The diverse range of styles explored in the album may lack cohesion, possibly dividing listeners who prefer a more consistent sonic experience. Striking the right balance between nostalgia and innovation can be challenging, and the subjectivity of personal reflections might polarize the audience. Additionally, the high expectations associated with Lil Yachty's established reputation could pose a challenge, as the album may face scrutiny if it falls short of these anticipated standards. While "Michigan Boy Boat" showcases Lil Yachty's growth and commitment to authenticity, its success hinges on how well it resonates with fans and critics alike, given the dynamic nature of the music industry.

In a surprising turn of events announced in January 2022, Lil Yachty revealed his plans to work on a non-rap album, signaling a departure from his established hip-hop roots. This announcement sparked curiosity and speculation among fans and the industry, as Lil Yachty hinted at exploring new musical territories and pushing the boundaries of his creative expression.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Later that year Drake's "Her Loss" album with 21 Savage was released, particularly with four production credits for Yachty on tracks like "BackOutsideBoyz," "Privileged Rappers," "Pussy & Millions" featuring Travis Scott, and "Jumbotron Shit Poppin," underscores his versatility as an artist beyond his role as a rapper. Collaborating with such heavyweight artists not only speaks to Yachty's standing within the industry but also showcases his skill in crafting diverse and impactful beats. This multifaceted approach to music production, combined with collaborations with rap heavyweights like 21 Savage and Travis Scott, signifies a significant evolution in Lil Yachty's musical identity. His expanding role in shaping not only his own projects but also contributing to the sonic landscape of other major artists reflects a maturation in his craft, slowly altering the perception of him among the average fan. Through these collaborations, Lil Yachty positions himself as a dynamic force, challenging preconceptions and showcasing his prowess as a versatile and influential figure in the contemporary hip-hop scene.

Fast forward to October 2022, the anticipation reached a new level when a snippet of Lil Yachty's unreleased track "Poland" leaked online. Despite not being part of his initial release plan, the song quickly gained traction and positive reception from listeners and fellow artists alike. Notable figures such as Wiz Khalifa, DDG, and Denzel Curry praised the track, contributing to its buzz within the music community.

The leak also showcased the song's unexpected virality, with artists like Drake, Steve Lacy, and Offset sharing videos of themselves enjoying or singing along to "Poland." The track's popularity extended to social media platforms, particularly TikTok, where it became a trend and inspired a wave of internet memes. The unintended release of "Poland" demonstrated Lil Yachty's enduring appeal and the widespread impact of his music, even when deviating from planned release strategies. This unexpected journey further added to the excitement surrounding Lil Yachty's evolving musical direction and his upcoming venture into the realm of non-rap music.

With this new buzzing viral hit, Lil Yachty made a compelling reintroduction into the music scene with the official announcement of his album 'Let's Start Here', a revelation that took place on Instagram on January 17, 2023. In a post that captured attention. The cover itself is a striking AI-generated photograph depicting individuals in a boardroom, donning suits with surreal, "contorted facial features and warped smiles." This unconventional visual stirred curiosity, with Yachty referring to it as "chapter 2," suggesting a potential connection to the leaked Sonic Ranch and sparking discussions of a redux.

why did lil yachty make minnesota

To further heighten anticipation, Lil Yachty embarked on an innovative promotional journey. On January 24, 2023, he released a "thriller-style" skit titled "Department of Mental Tranquility." In this intriguing snippet, Yachty finds himself in the titular department, facing a series of questions from a receptionist amidst a waiting room filled with people exhibiting erratic behavior. The skit takes a surreal turn as Yachty proceeds down a narrow hallway, ultimately leading him into a bright white room, setting the stage for the album's thematic depth and imaginative exploration.

The culmination of this artistic journey occurred on January 27, 2023, with the official release of the album. Lil Yachty's meticulous and unconventional approach to both the album's promotion and its visual representation hinted at a project that goes beyond conventional boundaries, inviting listeners to delve into a unique sonic and visual experience that reflects the artist's innovative spirit.

Lil Yachty's album, announced with unconventional flair and thematic depth, proved to be a calculated risk that paid off handsomely. Upon its release, the album garnered widespread acclaim, earning a significant presence on end-of-year album lists. The artist's venture into uncharted territory, both sonically and visually, demonstrated a musical evolution that resonated with critics and audiences alike.

This calculated risk can be viewed as Lil Yachty's musical magnum opus, representing the pinnacle of his creative expression thus far in his career. By challenging traditional norms and embracing artistic experimentation, Yachty demonstrated a willingness to evolve and redefine his musical identity. The positive critical reception and commercial success of the album underscored the effectiveness of this artistic risk, positioning Lil Yachty as an artist who not only navigates change with confidence but also emerges with a musical masterpiece that leaves a lasting imprint on the industry.

The release of Lil Yachty's album marked a turning point in his musical journey, presenting a consistent uptick in the performance of his singles. Notably, tracks like 'Strike (Holster)' followed a trajectory similar to the previously popular 'Poland,' maintaining a trendy and buzzworthy status. The positive reception and virality of these singles demonstrated Lil Yachty's ability to capture the zeitgeist and resonate with a diverse audience.

'Solo Stepping Crete Boy' and 'TESLA' emerged as standout tracks, gaining significant buzz throughout 2023. The distinct sounds and innovative approaches showcased in these songs contributed to the ongoing narrative of Lil Yachty's evolution as an artist. The consistency in quality and the positive reception of these singles suggested a heightened level of creativity and resonance, further solidifying Lil Yachty's position as a dynamic force in the contemporary music landscape.

The success of these post-album singles not only reaffirmed Lil Yachty's ability to stay relevant but also hinted at a sustained period of creative prosperity. The artist's continued exploration of diverse sounds, coupled with his knack for producing hits that capture the cultural zeitgeist, positioned him as an influential figure in shaping the musical landscape of 2023. As Lil Yachty's singles gained traction and maintained momentum, it became evident that the impact of his album extended far beyond its initial release, setting the stage for a continued and successful musical journey.

  • Art & Culture

Recent Posts

Don Toliver Delivers Another Must Listen With 'HARDSTONE PSYCHO' [Album Review]

Exclusive Preview: BERWYN Teases His Upcoming Album ‘WHO AM I’

Byron Messia Releases His New Single 'Choppa' Featuring Lil Baby & Russian

Commentaires

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Sinéad Harnett Sets Her 'Boundaries' On New Album And Speaks On Her Career Thus Far [Interview]

why did lil yachty make minnesota

BLK ODYSSY Talks About Male Vulnerability, His Album 'Diamonds & Freaks', And World Building [interview]

why did lil yachty make minnesota

DLT - The Recipe is Set to Spread Black Joy Across London This Summer, We Sat Down With The Founders To Discuss The Upcoming Event & More [Interview]

why did lil yachty make minnesota

JAE5 & Lojay Discuss The 'Loveless' EP, Working With Libianca & Future Amapiano Collaboration [Interview]

Is Kanii The New Face Of Retro-Futurism? [Interview]

Is Kanii The New Face Of Retro-Futurism? [Interview]

RECENT POSTS

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Destroy Lonely Triumphantly Returns with New Single "Luv 4 Ya"

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Chloé Unveils the High-Octane Collection for Spring 2025

why did lil yachty make minnesota

The GLASS: A Creative Collision of Art, Boxing, and Fashion Film Making, Supported by Chivas Regal

why did lil yachty make minnesota

The Art of Abstraction in MM6's Seasonal Wardrobe

The intrigue and allure of "Secret Society: A Cautionary Tale Filled with High Fashion and Even Higher Drama" remind us that excitement can be found in many forms, from the catwalk to the casino floor. Just as the story captivates with its blend of style and suspense, online slots offer a thrilling experience with their dynamic themes and engaging gameplay. For those looking to add a touch of drama and excitement to their gaming, check out the diverse selection of slots at thepokiescasinoaustralia.net , where high stakes and high fashion collide in a world of endless possibilities.

If I’m by and large totally legitimate, this is incredible. The essayist set forth a great deal of energy and work to compose this article. All parts of the administrations are straightforwardly talked about without reservation. One of my kin prescribed this site to me, and I have finished the work with such ease with the help of your experts from that point forward. I had the option to defeat my downturn and stress issues thanks to your site. I trust the writer keeps on composing such supportive articles in the future so that striving understudies can profit from them and have a superior future.

https://www.onlinetutorhelps.com/assignment-help-in-toronto/   Assignment Help Toronto

Fantastic work! I’m incredibly appreciative to you for drawing this fabulous article out into the open. My companions who are chasing after similar courses benefited extraordinarily from perusing this article also. This reduced the entirety of our pressure and tension. Much thanks for your amazing administrations, and I anticipate perusing additional fascinating articles on your site. I can guarantee you that numerous understudies who are battling with their scholastics will benefit significantly from perusing your blog. I’m clearly going to utilize your administrations again as I have never went over something as extraordinary as this.

https://www.onlinetutorhelps.com/assignment-help-china/   Assignment Help China

Ensuring a robust emergency response plan for LEV fires is crucial for workplace safety. It's vital to stay updated with the latest protocols and equipment to mitigate risks effectively. For comprehensive guidance on emergency preparedness and other safety topics, I highly recommend utilizing the  uk essay writing service . They offer detailed insights and research-backed solutions that can significantly enhance your understanding and implementation of safety measures. Stay safe and informed!

Round-the-clock Assistance: Impending deadlines? Unwind! Our committed writers are on hand 24/7 to offer timely help with any Sydney University projects . We never skimp on quality, regardless of how quickly you want assistance.Give up worrying about your homework. Make the writers at thetutorshelp.com your go-to tool for success at Sydney University!

https://www.thetutorshelp.com/university-of-sydney-assignment-help.php

<a href=" https://www.thetutorshelp.com/university-of-sydney-assignment-help.php

"> University of Sydney Assignment Help </a>

Ace your Griffith University assignments with professional assistance from thetutorshelp.com . Assurance of Originality: All assignments undergo a thorough plagiarism detection process, guaranteeing that you will receive only unique work.All the time. Support: Get round-the-clock live assistance. For easy support, get in touch with our moderators or connect with assignment professionals directly.Never Forget a Due Date: We pledge to deliver on time. Our staff collaborates with you to guarantee that all of your tasks are turned in on time.Student-Friendly Prices: To accommodate your budget, we provide unique reductions in addition to reasonable charges.Take charge of your academic achievement. Visit thetutorshelp.com to get Griffith University assignment  assistance right now!

  https://www.thetutorshelp.com/griffith-university-assignment-help.php

<a href="  https://www.thetutorshelp.com/griffith-university-assignment-help.php

"> Griffith University assignment help </a>

Solutions Free of Plagiarism: Academic honesty is something we value highly. Every project is subjected to a thorough plagiarism check utilizing cutting-edge tools, ensuring that it is an original and distinct work of art.Support That Is Affordable: Get the quality assignment assistance you need without going over budget. In order to make our services affordable for all UQ students, we provide low pricing.Take control of your UQ responsibilities with assurance . Start using thetutorshelp.com right now!

https://www.thetutorshelp.com/university-of-queensland-assignment-help.php

<a href=" https://www.thetutorshelp.com/university-of-queensland-assignment-help.php

"> University of Queensland assignment help </a>

Give up worrying and begin to succeed! Place your purchase right now, and thetutorshelp.com will work with you to help you succeed academically at La Trobe University.

  https://www.thetutorshelp.com/la-trobe-university-assignment-help.php

<a href=" https://noneofusshop.store/">None Of us</a>

<a href=" https://trapstarshop.fr/sacoche-trapstar/">sacoche trapstar</a>

why did lil yachty make minnesota

  • #1EpicCheck

The Best Lil Yachty Songs

Coley Reed

Lil Yachty, an innovative force in modern hip-hop, has undeniably transformed the music landscape with his vibrant style and unique approach. Bursting onto the scene from Atlanta, his infectious tunes and playful persona quickly captivated a global audience. Known for his striking cherry-red hair and catchy anthems, Yachty's rise to fame is the epitome of the viral success story. From his breakout SoundCloud hit "One Night" to collaborations with heavyweights like DRAM in the track "Broccoli," Yachty's career is a thrilling blend of immense talent and whimsical charm.

Diving into Lil Yachty's discography is like embarking on a spirited voyage through hip-hop's most colorful waters. His debut mixtape Lil Boat set the tone with a nautical theme, blending fun, irreverence, and heartfelt introspection. The Atlanta native's catalogue showcases a spectrum of the genre, from the buoyant rhythms of his earlier work to more experimental ventures.

One of the Lil Yachty's best songs is undoubtedly "Broccoli." This chart-topping collaboration with DRAM is a testament to Yachty’s knack for crafting feel-good anthems. Another exceptional track is "Oprah’s Bank Account," featuring the mega-stars Drake and DaBaby, which exemplifies his ability to seamlessly blend humor with catchy beats. These tracks, alongside others like "Poland," paint a vivid picture of why Yachty's music remains so beloved and enduring.

Lil Yachty’s best songs are more than just a roundup - they are a journey through the multifaceted landscape of contemporary music. His work reflects the energetic spirit of Atlanta’s hip-hop scene while pushing the boundaries of the genre. From crowd-pleasing hits to experimental detours, Yachty’s musical output is a testament to his creative versatility and enduring appeal.

drive ME crazy

drive ME crazy

Album: Let's Start Here

Why It's Great: "drive ME crazy!" epitomizes Lil Yachty’s innovative flair, blending introspective lyrics with captivating beats. This track captures an ethereal vibe that transports listeners through its lush instrumentals and hypnotic rhythms. Diana Gordon's soulful vocals add depth, creating an intoxicating blend that showcases Yachty's versatility and emotional range. This song stands out for its unique soundscape, effortlessly combining alternative and indie elements that resonate with fans and new listeners alike.

Yacht Club (featuring Juice WRLD)

Yacht Club (featuring Juice WRLD)

Album: Nuthin' 2 Prove

Why It's Great: "Yacht Club" features Lil Yachty at his best, delivering cheeky, playful lyrics with a catchy, smooth flow that resonates effortlessly. With Juice WRLD alongside him, the song boasts a vibrant, club-ready vibe that embodies the carefree, exuberant spirit Yachty is known for.

Magic in the Hamptons (Social House featuring Lil Yachty)

Magic in the Hamptons (Social House featuring Lil Yachty)

Album: Magic in the Hamptons

Why It's Great: "Magic in the Hamptons," a standout track by Social House featuring Lil Yachty, encapsulates a breezy, feel-good vibe perfect for any summer playlist. Yachty's playful verse seamlessly blends with the groovy beats and upbeat tempo, highlighting his signature melodic flow. The lyrics capture the euphoria of young love, making it a timeless anthem.

A Cold Sunday

A Cold Sunday

Album: Something Ether

Why It's Great: "A Cold Sunday" captures the quintessential vibe of Yachty's artistry with its hauntingly introspective lyrics and minimalist beats, creating a raw, emotional atmosphere. The song's reflective theme of battling inner demons amid fame showcases Yachty's lyrical depth. Its resonating melody paired with a pulsating rhythm encapsulates his unique blend of vulnerability and sonic innovation.

Coffin

Album: Lil Boat 3

Why It's Great: "Coffin," a standout track, blends punchy 808s and swaggering lyrics to showcase Lil Yachty's undeniable talent and distinct style. The song captures his braggadocious charm and confident flow, painting vivid pictures of luxury. Its infectious beat and hypnotic rhythm make it a fan favorite, epitomizing Yachty's ability to craft memorable anthems that resonate deeply with listeners and highlight his eclectic musical vision.

Broccoli (DRAM featuring Lil Yachty)

Broccoli (DRAM featuring Lil Yachty)

Album: Big Baby DRAM

Why It's Great: "Broccoli" is a lively and enchanting track by DRAM featuring Lil Yachty . Seamlessly blending hip hop with whimsical, buoyant beats, its catchy flute melodies and playful lyrics stand out. Lil Yachty's vibrant contributions add a charming dynamic, further enhancing the song's upbeat vibe. "Broccoli" exemplifies DRAM's unique musical artistry, making it an essential track that captivates with its infectious energy.

Flex Up (featuring Future & Playboi Carti)

Flex Up (featuring Future & Playboi Carti)

Why It's Great: "Flex Up" showcases a pulsating collaboration of Lil Yachty with Future and Playboi Carti. The track's raw, energetic beats, combined with its flex-heavy lyrics, make it a standout in Yachty's discography. The song captures the trio's lavish lifestyles through catchy hooks and high-octane verses, while its infectious chorus adds an anthemic quality. This masterpiece highlights each artist's unique flair, solidifying its status as a fan favorite.

Poland

Album: Poland

Why It's Great: "Poland" epitomizes the best Lil Yachty songs with its hypnotic blend of cyber-vibrato vocals and synth-heavy production. The song’s memorable hook, “I took the wock to Poland" is a reference to Wockhardt , a company that makes a cough syrup sometimes used in lean. Yachty’s playful, yet emotionally nuanced delivery showcases his ability to innovate within the genre, making "Poland" a standout track in his discography.

From The D To The A (Tee Grizzley featuring Lil Yachty)

From The D To The A (Tee Grizzley featuring Lil Yachty)

Album: From the D to the A

Why It's Great: "From the D to the A" stands out as an exemplary collaboration between Tee Grizzley and Lil Yachty, showcasing Yachty's versatile flow and distinct artistic flair. The track's hard-hitting beat and memorable lyrical exchanges highlight Yachty's knack for dynamic deliveries and clever wordplay. Its immersive, high-energy vibe perfectly encapsulates the essence of modern hip-hop, making it a must-listen for fans of both artists.

stayinit

Album: stayinit

Why It's Great: "stayinit" showcases a masterful blend of vibrant beats and introspective lyrics, embodying Lil Yachty’s distinct ability to meld emotional depth with infectious energy. Immersed in a captivating sonic landscape crafted by Fred Again and Overmono, "stayinit" gives raw honesty about life's imperfections, and coupled with its pulsating electronic rhythms, it underscores Yachty’s versatility.

Oprah's Bank Account (featuring DaBaby & Drake)

Oprah's Bank Account (featuring DaBaby & Drake)

Why It's Great: "Oprah's Bank Account" brilliantly showcases Lil Yachty's innovative artistry, melding playful lyrics with a catchy, vibe-heavy beat. With memorable lines like "Diamond in the rough, you look as good as Oprah's bank account," this track highlights his unique ability to blend humor and hip-hop seamlessly. The collaboration with DaBaby and Drake adds layers of dynamic flows, making this song a standout example of Lil Yachty’s creative range and appeal.

Pardon Me (featuring Future & Mike WiLL Made-It)

Pardon Me (featuring Future & Mike WiLL Made-It)

Why It's Great: "Pardon Me" stands out as a dynamic collaboration. Future’s swagger pairs seamlessly with Lil Yachty’s playful yet assertive delivery, while Mike WiLL Made-It’s production intensifies the track’s vibe. This song exemplifies the artist's unique ability to fuse mainstream appeal with his distinctive quirky style, making it a staple in playlists and a must-listen for both new and die-hard fans.

One Night

Album: One Night

Why It's Great: "One Night" captivates with its infectious rhythmic beats and ethereal production, skillfully blending hip-hop and alternative R&B. TheGoodPerry’s production lays an atmospheric backdrop, allowing the autotuned vocals to shine. Lyrics explore fleeting romance, capturing both vulnerability and braggadocio. Its catchy hook and laid-back vibe perfectly showcase the artist’s genre-defying talent.

NBAYOUNGBOAT

NBAYOUNGBOAT

Album: Lil Boat 2

Why It's Great: "NBAYOUNGBOAT" showcases Lil Yachty's dynamic artistry, intertwining rapid, off-beat rhymes with infectious hooks. Collaborating with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, the track melds energetic beats with raw lyricism, creating a distinct vibe that highlights the strenghs of both artists.

66

Why It's Great: "66," featuring Trippie Redd, stands out as a quintessential track showcasing Lil Yachty's melodic ingenuity. This ambient masterpiece pulses with an ethereal beat that complements Yachty's effortlessly smooth flow and Trippie Redd's distinctive vocal flair. Its laid-back, atmospheric vibe underscores why "66" is a fan favorite, encapsulating the artist's unique ability to merge introspective themes with infectious rhythms.

Get Dripped (featuring Playboi Carti)

Get Dripped (featuring Playboi Carti)

Why It's Great: "Get Dripped," featuring Playboi Carti, exemplifies the essence of Lil Yachty’s eclectic style. This track delivers hard-hitting beats and infectious energy, reflecting a lifestyle of opulence and swagger. Yachty's playful, innovative lyrics blend seamlessly with Carti’s unique flow, creating a synergy that’s both magnetic and memorable.

Minnesota

Album: Lil Boat

Why It's Great: "Minnesota" stands out as a quintessential track that showcases Yachty's distinctive blend of hip hop and trap, enveloped in a chilled, wintery vibe that matches its title. The song's catchy, melodic hooks and playful lyrics highlight his unique talent for creating infectious tunes. Its relaxed beat combined with features from Quavo and Young Thug adds a collaborative dynamism, making "Minnesota" a fan favorite that encapsulates Yachty's innovative style.

Peek A Boo

Album: Teenage Emotions

Why It's Great: "Peek a Boo" showcases Lil Yachty's playful lyricism and signature sound, blending catchy hooks and energetic beats with clever pop-culture references to franchises like Pokémon and Blue's Clues . His collaboration with Migos adds a dynamic layer, driving the track's infectious vibe. Noteworthy for its bold and unapologetically quirky lyrics, the song stands as a testament to Yachty's innovative approach to contemporary rap.

The Greatest Albums of All-Time

  • Download Shazam
  • Radio Spins

Minnesota (feat. Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa & Young Thug)

Hip-hop/rap, music video.

Watch {trackName} music video by {artistName}

Upcoming Concerts for Lil Yachty

  • Jul 06 Jul 06, 2024 American Family Insurance Amphitheater Milwaukee View Concert
  • Jul 27 Jul 27, 2024 Audi Field Washington View Concert
  • Aug 11 Aug 11, 2024 The National Bowl Milton Keynes View Concert
  • Sep 05 Sep 05, 2024 Rupp Arena Lexington View Concert

Shazam Footer

  • Help for Apple Devices
  • Help for Android Devices
  • ShazamKit for Developers
  • Privacy Policy
  • Manage Your Data

Featured In

Top songs by lil yachty, similar songs.

an image, when javascript is unavailable

Lil Yachty’s Psychedelic Relaunch: ‘I Don’t Have To Be High To Make It Sound High’

By Andre Gee

Lil Yachty

I n 2016, a 19-year-old Lil Yachty emerged as a fresh-faced, red-haired maverick eagerly planting Generation Z’s flag in hip-hop . Songs like “Minnesota” intrigued many, but rap traditionalists denigrated him as a “mumble rapper” — an upstart who, they claimed, was insulting the essence of hip-hop one warbled vocal run at a time. That didn’t stop Yachty, though. In the years since, he’s kept trying new things , even as many other artists have gotten stuck retreading tired formulas. “Who cares?” he says now. “It’s going to go, or it’s not. You only have one life, bro. Just do shit.”

But he does offer a few details about the six-month recording process in Texas, New York, and elsewhere, which he says was “fun” at every juncture. At times, he played the work in progress for “heavy hitters” like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Drake, and Tyler, the Creator. “Everyone was ecstatic,” he says, “which made me feel good.”

Editor’s picks

Every awful thing trump has promised to do in a second term, the 250 greatest guitarists of all time, the 500 greatest albums of all time, the 50 worst decisions in movie history.

Do you think hip-hop could be more accepting of younger artists as they learn and grow? I don’t know. I don’t really care either. Who cares? I don’t need acceptance from nobody. People seek too much validation.

What was the initial catalyst for you to start this album? It was a phone call with Tyler that made me act on it. I always wanted to do it, but that was the battery.

What was the dynamic of that phone call? Were you like, “I want to explore something,” and he was like, “Go for it”? I don’t fully remember, but he was very motivating and inspiring. I didn’t tell him my ideas, but it was more so, “Whatever it is in your heart and in your mind that you want to do, do it. And do it fully, don’t shortcut it. Don’t cut any corners.”

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Executive Producer ‘Begged’ Diddy to Confess to Alleged Assaults on Cassie

‘it was all a dream’ shows the early days of hip-hop — warts and all, everything that's happened in the drake-kendrick beef.

You’ve referenced psychedelics in interviews. How big a factor was that in the recording process? None. Zero. I can’t record music on drugs. I have to be fully sober. But I’ve done it enough times to know what I want. I don’t have to be high to make it sound high.

You said growing up you listened to all types of music. Did you ever hear the stigma of “That’s white-people music”? Yeah, of course. I don’t give a fuck, bro. It’s so hard to affect me or offend me. I do what I want to do. You feel me? People say this album is white-people music. Who cares, man? What is white-people music?

You’ve said you made this in part because you “wanted to be taken seriously as an artist and not just a SoundCloud rapper, not just a mumble rapper.” What would you say to people who feel like SoundCloud rappers and mumble rappers deserve to be taken as seriously as any other artists? See, that’s the thing. I can’t speak for nobody else. I’m not some spokesman for the people. I’m not vouching for anyone else’s work ethic or creativity, only mine. I want to be taken seriously. I’m not no mumble rap. I’m not just some SoundCloud rapper. I’m not speaking on all SoundCloud rappers. I’m speaking on me, you feel me? I want to make that apparent. This is for me, because everybody don’t have that work ethic. Everyone ain’t going to put the hours in to understand a new genre and how to execute something the right way. 

“See, that’s the thing. I can’t speak for nobody else. I’m not speaking on all SoundCloud rappers. I’m speaking on me, you feel me? This is for me, because everybody don’t have that work ethic.”

You’ve said you had a period of trying to prove you can rap. How do you feel about those efforts now? I love it, man. They made me a man. They made me strong. They made me care more about the craft — because I do. They made me want to learn, be better, sharpen my sword.

Did it ever get to a point with that stigma where it was hard to navigate your career? I don’t think nothing’s hard in life. It just took work and effort, and I still feel like I got more work to put in when it comes to rap and how people perceive me. I care less, though.

How much does the dynamic that you’re talking about here have to do with the stigma against rappers when it comes to award shows and radio play and festivals?  For me, that’s zero. I don’t care about none of that shit. I just make all types of music. It has nothing to do with the fruits and labors that don’t come with being a rapper, none of that. I like to make all music. That’s all it is, totally. It ain’t got nothing to do with not getting the love or respect or not being invited to an award show.

Going forward with your creative process, do you feel like you’ll have that motivation with every album you make, to prove something to a certain audience? Not necessarily. I didn’t make this album to prove that I could. I also want to be taken seriously. But I didn’t make it like, “Oh, man, I need them to take me serious. Let me make this type of album.” I just wanted to make a great album, and I felt like personally, I could do it better this way than if I made a rap album. 

How are things going with your label, Concrete Boyz? That’s next for me. That’s all I care about right now. That’s where we are every day, in the studio getting established together. We got some special artists, and they’re fresh faces. I want to make sure when we drop this, it’s hot, because they’re fire and it’s fresh. You’re gonna hear some fresh sounds. That’s my next project, in the summertime. 

Shakira Went Through Hell. Now She's Living Her Best Life

Jerry seinfeld mocks a pro-palestinian heckler during set in australia, sabrina carpenter gave us the song of the summer. she’s got a plan for all seasons, trump angrily demanded mike johnson help overturn conviction: report, enchanting, texas star and former 1017 rapper, dead at 26.

Have you always been discerning about how much you put yourself out there? No. I got 1,000 interviews on the internet. I hate it. I was young. I didn’t know nothing. Back then, I was trying to be the spokesman for the new generation because no one else wanted to talk. I felt, “I’m going to stand up. I’m going to speak.” But [now] I don’t speak for nobody but me.

Most Popular

Pat sajak passes 'wheel of fortune' hosting baton to ryan seacrest and tells him: 'you’re never going to find a better job' or 'a better co-host' in vanna white, kenya moore suspended indefinitely from ‘real housewives of atlanta’, prince harry & meghan markle might be going back to their royal exit plan that queen elizabeth nixed, photographer wins ai image contest with real picture, then gets disqualified, you might also like, ‘a little something extra,’ starring actors with disabilities, dethrones ‘dune 2’ at french box office and sparks remake deals, chrissy teigen embraces summer dressing in strapless gingham dress for cannes lions 2024 international festival of creativity, the best yoga mats for any practice, according to instructors, ‘the lineup’ dinner series tells the stories of michelin-starred line cooks for a real-life take on ‘the bear’, wnba team values: las vegas, seattle lead, average hits $96m.

Rolling Stone is a part of Penske Media Corporation. © 2024 Rolling Stone, LLC. All rights reserved.

Verify it's you

Please log in.

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

A woman with brown hair and a blue shirt.

‘Let’s Start Here’ is a reset for Lil Yachty’s sound

Lil Yachty reinvents his sound in “Let’s Start Here,” but his lyrics show that old habits die hard.

An+illustration+of+a+vinyl+record+in+front+of+a+maroon+background.+The+record+features+images+of+seven+people%2C+all+smiling.

Aaliya Luthra

Lil Yachty’s newest psychedelic-rock album features 14 tracks including “the BLACK seminole.” and “The Alchemist.”(Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Sandy Battulga , Music Editor February 2, 2023

Since the release of hit singles “One Night” and “Minnesota,” Lil Yachty has based his lucrative musical career on mumble rap, a genre often defined by its simple rhymes and prevalence on SoundCloud . Lil Yachty — whose real name is Miles Park McCollum — has maintained that being known as a SoundCloud rapper is not enough for him. 

“I’m not a rapper — I’m an artist,” he said to The New York Times in a 2016 interview . “And I’m more than an artist. I’m a brand.” 

In his new album “Let’s Start Here,” Lil Yachty breaks out of the constraints of SoundCloud mumble rap once and for all. Sound-wise, the album is rooted in psychedelic rock. The first track, “the BLACK seminole.,” has a reverberating bass line that sweeps across the entire song, providing a syrupy tone that coats the rest of the album. Lil Yachty has cited Pink Floyd as a major inspiration for this album. This influence is especially evident in “the BLACK seminole.,” which features a virtuosic guitar solo, fast-paced synthesizer melody and epic vocal aria. 

This album experiments with composition and ambient soundscapes in an intriguing way. The fifth track, “:(failure(:,” showcases cavernous drones and guitar chords, over which Lil Yachty speaks, ruminating on failure and what it’s like to be “rich and famous.” The song was written in part by Alex G and Mac DeMarco, so it has a psychedelic and almost spiritual sound. For every serene moment in “Let’s Start Here,” however, “IVE OFFICIALLY LOST ViSiON!!!!” is a track filled with the chaos to match. The song touches on classical music, glitch music, hard rock and R&B — all within its runtime of just over five minutes. The song ends with an air of calm though, with a minute-long recording of a person walking outside, while a string section plays a meditative composition. “Let’s Start Here” leaves no stone unturned, exhibiting varying levels of intensity and pacing that make the album a feast for the ears.

Although the diversity of sound in the album is exciting and original, its lyrical content doesn’t break away from the mumble rap mold nearly as much as it could. Lil Yachty is known for his music’s refreshingly youthful and goofy perspective, but this lyric construction strategy seems out of place amid the more mature and developed sonic environment he established in “Let’s Start Here.” The album has the beginnings of a more introspective and thoughtful reflection on his life compared to his previous work, but Lil Yachty’s muscle memory of writing simple rhymes that revel in adolescence seems to overtake the full realization of a truly contemplative tone. 

“The Alchemist,” for example, is the second to last track, and it depicts two different characters: one cocky and one vulnerable. Lil Yachty returns to his background in mumble rap, energetically delivering lines like, “No need to brag, but I knew that I was built for this / I know now that most men would kill for this / Seamlessly, I walk around infamous” and “Papa made a young pimp, I’m outside / Southside, tote a shank, I’ma up rank / Lemonade pink seats in a fish tank.” These verses ooze the positivity that Lil Yachty is known for, providing a familiar tone to fans that were originally attracted to the artist because of his easy confidence. In between the rapper’s verses, though, R&B singer Fousheé provides a different attitude, softly singing, “It feels good / Don’t need no harm, this for shits and giggles / My taxes in on time” and “​​Up on my cloud / My feet don’t touch the ground / Don’t try to shoot me down / I’m only a human / It’s my first go ’round in this thing.” She articulates sentiments that Lil Yachty doesn’t usually associate himself with such as sensitivity and domesticity. This song offers listeners insight, if brief, into the Lil Yachty behind the curated brand he has built around himself. 

Most of the songs on the album revolve around a boyish infatuation with women, like in “WE SAW THE SUN!” Once again, the instrumentation is what keeps the listener’s attention. A hypnotic guitar introduces the track, and Lil Yachty’s voice is fragmented into a rhythmic accompaniment. The song ends with a snippet of Bob Ross speaking: “Just let your imagination run wild, let your heart be your guide / In the time you sit around worrying about it and trying to plan a painting, you could’ve completed a painting already.” But the lyrics of this track don’t measure up against the complexities of its composition. Lil Yachty’s verses are juvenile, still reflecting his past projects: “Few more drops up on your tongue / At night, too many that can’t be undone / Head spun, meanwhile, you’re done / Had a little too much fun / I cannot stop touching you / This just took my high to the moon.” 

Despite the lack of development in his lyricism, Lil Yachty has showcased incredible dexterity in shaping this album’s sonic landscape. The last track of “Let’s Start Here” indicates that more complex lyrics may be on the way. “REACH THE SUNSHINE” features Daniel Caesar, who starts the song off with an interpolation of Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song.” “Staring in the mirror and what do I see? / A three-eyed man staring back at me / Two for the flesh and one for the soul / But where did man go? I’m tryna fill that hole,” the song drones. The track ends on the fourth note of the scale instead of the tonic, so it leaves the track — and the album — unresolved. The listener walks away craving more, but thankfully — as the title of this album suggests — this new era of Lil Yachty is just getting started.

Contact Sandy Battulga at [email protected] .

  • Let’s Start Here music
  • Let’s Start Here student review
  • lets start here
  • lets start here album
  • lets start here album review
  • lets start here album review 2023
  • lil boat music
  • Lil Yachty 2023
  • Lil Yachty album
  • Lil Yachty album 2023
  • Lil Yachty drop
  • Lil Yachty lets start here
  • Lil Yachty lets start here review
  • Lil Yachty music
  • Lil Yachty music 2023
  • Lil Yachty music drop
  • Lil Yachty musician
  • Lil Yachty new album
  • Lil Yachty new music
  • Lil Yachty new music 2023
  • nyc Lil Yachty
  • nyu Lil Yachty

Photo of Sandy Battulga

Sandy is a sophomore double-majoring in comparative literature and social and cultural analysis. When she's not complaining about her love-hate relationship...

why did lil yachty make minnesota

Comments (0)

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

IMAGES

  1. Watch Lil Yachty’s Entertaining Music Video For “Minnesota"

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

  2. Watch Lil Yachty’s Icy “Minnesota” Video

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

  3. Lil Yachty Performs 'Minnesota,' '1 Night' and More at 2017 Rolling

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

  4. Lil Yachty

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

  5. Lil Yachty

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

  6. Watch Lil Yachty Destroy a Lil Yachty Ice Sculpture in Absurd New

    why did lil yachty make minnesota

VIDEO

  1. Lil Yachty's Music Evolution

  2. lil yachty

  3. Lil Yachty

  4. Did LIL YACHTY know He Was Going To Be A Artist

  5. Lil Yachty Says Lil Wayne Has NEVER SOLD Under 100K 👀💰

  6. Lil Yachty

COMMENTS

  1. Minnesota (song)

    Minnesota (song) " Minnesota " is a song by American rapper Lil Yachty. It was originally released in November 2015 from his Summer Songs EP, before being re-released on March 9, 2016, as a remix featuring American rappers Quavo, Skippa da Flippa and Young Thug as the second single from Yachty's debut mixtape, Lil Boat. [1]

  2. The Meaning Behind The Song: Minnesota by Lil Yachty

    The song became an anthem for resilience and the ability to overcome adversity. Whenever I listened to it, I felt a surge of motivation to keep pushing forward and work towards achieving my goals, just like Lil Yachty did. Furthermore, the catchy beat and infectious chorus of "Minnesota" make it an enjoyable song to listen to, regardless of ...

  3. Lil Yachty

    Cold like Minnesota, it get cold like Minnesota. Need to stay up out them streets if you can't take the heat. You need to stay up out them streets if you can't take the heat. [Verse] 'Cause it get ...

  4. How Lil Yachty Ended Up at His Excellent New Psychedelic Album

    Even when he hued closer to hard-nosed rap on 2018's Lil Boat 2 and Nuthin' 2 Prove, you could feel Yachty desperate to recapture the magic that once came so easily to him. But rap years are ...

  5. Lil Yachty Shares 'Minnesota' Video

    Lil Yachty shared the music video for 'Minnesota' off of his 'Lil Boat' mixtape.

  6. Lil Yachty

    Need to stay up out them streets if you can't take the heat ('Sota) You need to stay up out them streets if you can't take the heat. [Verse 1: Lil Yachty] 'Cause it get cold like Minnesota (Yep ...

  7. Lil Yachty

    Official video for "Minnesota" from the Lil Boat Mixtape - listen + buy https://Yachty.lnk.to/MinnesotaShare GIFS from the video http://www.giphy.com/LilYac...

  8. Lil Yachty

    Lil Yachty closed out the first night of The FADER FORT with lots of love and energy from a great supporting cast: his beloved Sailing Team. After peeling th...

  9. Lil Yachty

    Lil Yachty - Minnesota (Official Audio) Lil Yachty - Minnesota (Official Audio) About ...

  10. Lil Yachty And Quavo Hit The Hockey Rink For The "Minnesota" Video

    In the video, Yachty and The Sailing Team hit the hockey rink. He rides around on a zamboni, gets into a fight on the ice, and hangs out in the penalty box. Quavo and Skippa Da Flippa appear later ...

  11. Rapper and Entrepreneur Lil Yachty

    According to a report from Coinbase, the token sold for $16,050. Early in his career, Yachty met with Quality Control records co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee to map out a vision for his career ...

  12. Lil Yachty: How Rapper Got His Second Act

    How Lil Yachty went from King of the Teens to a multimillion-dollar brand that sometimes makes rap songs. ... Yachty's 2016 hit "Minnesota," which had the treacly energy of a nursery rhyme ...

  13. The Curious Case Of Lil Yachty: From "Minnesota" to Major Impact In 2023

    Lil Yachty, the endearing and enigmatic charachter born Miles Parks McCollum, emerged onto the music scene in 2016 as a vibrant force, leaving an indelible mark with a style that seamlessly blended infectious melodies, playful lyrics, and an unmistakably vibrant personality. From the outset of his career, Yachty displayed a unique musical prowess that set him apart, evident in early hits such ...

  14. Where Lil Yachty should have filmed the "Minnesota" video

    In our opinion, Lil Yachty missed a golden opportunity by choosing to film his video for "Minnesota" at a generic ice rink in the Atlanta suburbs. Here are a few Twin Cities locations that could have brought the video to the next level. 1) Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

  15. The 18 Best Lil Yachty Songs, Ranked By Fans

    Album: Lil Boat 3 Year: 2020 Why It's Great: "Flex Up" showcases a pulsating collaboration of Lil Yachty with Future and Playboi Carti. The track's raw, energetic beats, combined with its flex-heavy lyrics, make it a standout in Yachty's discography. The song captures the trio's lavish lifestyles through catchy hooks and high-octane verses, while its infectious chorus adds an anthemic quality.

  16. Lil Yachty

    Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper and singer.He first gained recognition in August 2015 for his viral hit "One Night" from his debut EP Summer Songs.He then released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in March 2016, and signed a joint venture record deal with Motown, Capitol Records, and Quality Control Music in June of that year.

  17. Minnesota (feat. Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa & Young Thug)

    Listen to Minnesota (feat. Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa & Young Thug) by Lil Yachty. See lyrics and music videos, find Lil Yachty tour dates, buy concert tickets, and more!

  18. Minnesota

    Lil Yachty. 1,220,311 listeners. Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), better known as his stage name Lil Yachty, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Yachty gained recognition for his hit … read more. Play all.

  19. The narrative about Yachty has changed : r/LilYachty

    The narrative about Yachty has changed. DISCUSSION. At one point in the mid to late 2010s, Yachty was the poster boy for mumble rap and was arguably the most hated rapper on the internet. This even caused him to conform his music to the trendy generic trap sound for a good while. But Yachty has developed so much in the last couple of years and ...

  20. Minnesota by Lil Yachty: Listen on Audiomack

    Stream Minnesota song from Lil Yachty. Featuring: Quavo, Skippa Da Flippa, Young Thug Producer: Grand Fero. Album: Lil Boat. Release Date: July 5, 2016.

  21. Lil Yachty Wants to Keep the Mystique Around 'Let's Start Here'

    Mar 16, 2023 10:00 am. I n 2016, a 19-year-old Lil Yachty emerged as a fresh-faced, red-haired maverick eagerly planting Generation Z's flag in hip-hop. Songs like "Minnesota" intrigued many ...

  22. Who produced "Minnesota" by Lil Yachty?

    Genius is the ultimate source of music knowledge, created by scholars like you who share facts and insight about the songs and artists they love. "Minnesota" by Lil Yachty was produced by ...

  23. 'Let's Start Here' is a reset for Lil Yachty's sound

    Lil Yachty reinvents his sound in "Let's Start Here," but his lyrics show that old habits die hard. Lil Yachty's newest psychedelic-rock album features 14 tracks including "the BLACK seminole." and "The Alchemist." (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra) Since the release of hit singles "One Night" and "Minnesota," Lil Yachty ...

  24. Lil Yachty and James Blake link up for Complex's June 2024 ...

    Lil Yachty and James Blake link up for Complex's June 2024 cover story. Ahead of their joint album "Bad Cameo," the two genre-bending artists discuss...