Lil Yachty
Lil Boat


4.0
excellent

Review

by Turbo virgin USER (22 Reviews)
May 27th, 2017 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you need to stay up out them streets if you can't take the heat

As with many pop artists, Lil Yachty is greatly concerned with maintaining his image--which is as fleshed-out as his music. Lil Yachty's reaction to the fury of Joe Budden, who interviewed him for Complex, perfectly encapsulates this. As a response to Yachty's disregard for Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (both of whom were killed before Yachty was born), Budden's tirade rebuked Yachty for ignoring the "roots" of the genre. Yachty flashed his signature goofy smile and told him to chill, with a little laugh. While it's true that Yachty and many of his contemporaries don't care about the artists typically heralded as rap royalty, they don't have to. Although hip-hop "conservatives" like Budden may wince at the success of the red-haired teenager and others, he has carved a niche in the pop/trap scene, and nowhere is his positivity and songwriting as infectious as on his debut mixtape.

While Lil Yachty's trademark sound is nothing wholly original--he owes, as he has stated himself, elements of his sound to artists like Soulja Boy and Lil B--his bubbly, optimistic persona sets him apart from other artists in the trap music scene today. Accompanying him are upbeat melodies, glossy synths, and often childlike melodies. The self-proclaimed "King of the Teens" eschews many of hip-hop's most ubiquitous traditions, and not only because of his indifference towards critics' favorite rappers. By doing so, Lil Yachty successfully appeals to a younger fanbase who are not as interested in seeking out the music of yesteryear. For the same reason, however, critics like Joe Budden see Yachty as the downfall of the genre. The idea that Yachty for some reason has to idolize hip-hop's forefathers is a vacuous one, and an example of the age-old adage that older generations will reject the cultural and artistic expressions of the younger ones.

It's easy to see why Lil Yachty has been catapulted into fame by Lil Boat: throughout its runtime, his charming character serves as an excellent vehicle for his exuberant Autotune-drenched songs. Yachty is best at his most playful, since that is what differentiates him most from artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Kodak Black. The intro to the album, starting with a "Finding Nemo" sample, exhibits his two personalities, Lil Yachty and Lil Boat. While it's maybe not the most thought-provoking duality, it does allow him to show off his rapping on the first half, and his heavily embellished vocals in the second half. The intro serves as an apt introduction to Lil Yachty--it is childish, somewhat ridiculous, and almost laughable at times--but if the listener decides to accept all of this as part of Yachty's allure, it's fun as hell.

And fun is what Lil Yachty thrives on. "Minnesota," perhaps the best individual cut on the mixtape, is even more absurd than the opening track, with its incredibly simple piano melody backed by throbbing bass, and a fucking stupid hook to boot. The features are almost overkill since Yachty is the best-equipped artist for the beat, but the contrast between the "posse cut" aspect and the preposterous instrumental makes it all the more entertaining. It shows Lil Yachty doing what Lil Yachty does best--enjoying himself, singing in a dopey voice, laying down bars about eating pork and rinds with a bitch from New York Times. Of course, traditionally "good" lyricism is nowhere to be found on the mixtape, but most of the time his voice is simply used as another instrument to add another melody and another dimension. The criterion of lyricism is relatively obsolete in mainstream pop and trap music criticism since artists like Lil Yachty rarely exert themselves lyrically. This is yet another example of hip-hop straying from its progenitors, who valued lyricism greatly as a key component to their music. Much to the ire of hip-hop conservatives, lyricism is no longer valued like this to mainstream music listeners, and Lil Yachty's popularity shows this.

While "Minnesota" shows Yachty at his weirdest, there are a number of more low-key tracks, which often don't suit him as well. "I'm Sorry," for example, is Yachty's take at an introspective, emotional song, but it doesn't feel right. The sorrowful lyrics is a poor fit for Yachty's personality, not to mention the lazy vocal melody. The best "love song" is his hit song "One Night." It's cheesy as hell, but excellent for the same reasons as Minnesota--just a little toned down and more commercially viable. Lil Yachty's producer and close friend TheGoodPerry does an excellent job on the beat, exactly the sort of instrumental Yachty can use best--fun, a little wacky, but ultimately very memorable.

With his Sprite commercial with LeBron James, his collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen for Target, and a new debut album featuring a hit single with Migos, it seems that Lil Yachty is here to stay. His musical style, dictated by his persona, is somewhat limiting and can only carry him so far. However, Lil Yachty will ride specific sound for as far as it will take him, and he should. Lil Yachty's brand is fascinating, and the way in which it manifests itself in his music is often very charming. There are, of course, a few hiccoughs--songs like "Good Day" and "We Did It" are a little overbearing--but Lil Boat is a joyous statement from a very young artist. He'll keep on being Lil Yachty, no matter what you think of him.



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Ryus
May 27th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cant review for shit but this needed one

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Drifter
May 27th 2017


15373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Correct rating

ShitsofRain
May 27th 2017


8119 Comments


old but true

Ryus
May 27th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cold like minnesota





cold like minnesota

Ryus
May 27th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so many 1s lol

Kurisu
May 27th 2017


537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review



Better than the album

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2017


2621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This didn't do much for me, but this review is well done. I disagree that lyrics aren't important to the album, as rappers who use goofy lyrics use them as a tool for furthering the fun feel of the album. That is my only major complaint with this review and I think you did a good job of explaining Yachty's intent for this project.

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ianblxdsoe
May 27th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid ass review damn, agree for the most part

TheSpaceMan
May 27th 2017


11910 Comments


nice review ryus, pos

TheSpaceMan
May 27th 2017


11910 Comments


damn undeserved neg there bro

hal1ax
May 27th 2017


13470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ya good review bruh

Ryus
May 27th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gimme some feedback if yall are gonna neg





thanks guys

Ryus
May 27th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh wait its cuz verm is here lol



shoutout to verm for inspiring me to write this

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2017


11679 Comments


Me likey

tommygun
May 27th 2017


26852 Comments


sup verm

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2017


11679 Comments


This is def in the so bad it's good category for me. Thought it was awful at first but it's pretty endearing if you give it some time.

guitarded_chuck
May 27th 2017


17346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

?

TheMrAlexK
May 27th 2017


10848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Posd

Ryus
May 28th 2017


17381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I disagree that lyrics aren't important to the album, as rappers who use goofy lyrics use them as a tool for furthering the fun feel of the album."



in some instances perhaps, but i think overall the lyrics don't contribute so much to the vibe of the album and instead fall under the category of stuff like:

"What's poppin'? It's Lil Yachty, I'm in the party

I need three thotties to come suck on my posse"



"?"

yeah i pretty much feel the same way about verm's anger lol



hal1ax
May 28th 2017


13470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so much friction over lyrics in this type of music

lyrics are only as important as you want them to be. they don't have any intrinsic value or role to play. if you are assessing trap based on how eloquent and lofty the wordsmithery is, then you are confused.



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