The most interesting thing Lil Yachty had accomplished up until Lil Boat 2, for me, was my respect. Here’s this joke of a nineteen-year-old kid flailing his autotune wildly around over Super Mario 64 samples on a boat-themed mixtape, and it was getting millions of listens. When he followed the mixtape, Lil Boat, with Teenage Emotions, it was well produced, well thought out, and held a decent EP’s worth of material that really shined a light on what made Yachty so unique. Songs such as “Better” and “Forever Young” showcased his bright, young, teenage pop, and “All You Had to Say” was the perfect amount of dark to Yachty’s light. It was his true and proper debut into what I thought he would become and craft as an artist, and it outlined a lane for one of music’s rising stars.
Little did we know however, that just one track on Teenage Emotions would begin to encapsulate his career moving on, and just one line to send him back down the rabbit hole. Enter Teenage Emotions track 3: “Peek A Boo.” Besides the cringe-inducing chorus that compares a woman’s vagina to a children’s game, or as Yachty stretches to describe it as “gentle…like peekaboo!,” the track also includes a feature from Migos, and Yachty saying the line “she blow that dick like a cello.”
Now I know the internet’s already gone off about Yachty not knowing what a cello was, and him saying “I guess for a second, I thought a cello was a woodwind instrument and it is not… I fucked up. I thought Squidward played the cello. He don’t. That’s a flute. I fucked up. But it do sound good,” which brought even further mockery since Squidward plays the clarinet and not a flute, but I’m not here to make fun of Yachty for that. If anything, the craziest part of the whole thing is that in 2018, we can have Grammy Award nominated artists who don’t know anything about real instruments. Nonetheless, I’m not here to talk about a song from last year, I’m here to talk about the song’s impact on his next record, Lil Boat 2.
When Yachty and the rest of Quality Control, a.k.a. Migos, put out their Quality Control mixtape, it was essentially a joint Migos and Lil Yachty record with the occasional feature. Thus, like Migos, Yachty’s material began to get stale. Not in a way that Yachty still didn’t sound entertaining and fun, but in a way that the lyrics and melodies accompanying his vocal style began to feel tired and almost half-assed.
Just like Migos’ relentless stream of similar-sounding content, the rap trio’s connection and partnership with Yachty seems to have rubbed off on him. Like Migos’ Culture II, Yachty’s sequel to the Lil Boat tape that made him famous has about two decent tracks out of seventeen. The best track, “She Ready,” is more akin to his work on Teenage Emotions, a lane I hope he keeps developing post Lil Boat 2, and a care-free trap sound that isn’t muffled by monotony.
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