by Carla Bynum
Yachty has been making his rounds on the music scene since the release of his debut single, “One Night” on August 19, 2015. The song has since gone platinum. He’s made appearances in some of your favorite songs such as D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” and “ISpy” by Kyle and he shows no signs of slowing down.
He released his debut mixtape Lil Boat and the follow-up Summer Songs 2 in 2016. In June of that year he announced that he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Motown Records, and Capitol Records.
On May 26th, he released his debut studio album Teenage Emotions. The album was supported by the promotional singles “Harley,” “Bring it Back,” and “X Men.” The album’s lead single “Peek a Boo” was released on April 14th.
Yachty freestyles over a DigitalNas beat on the album’s second track “DN Freestyle.”
“Peek a Boo” was first teased in a snipped on Yachty’s Instagram page on February 28th. The song features the Migos.
Lil Boat shows his more aggressive side on the track “Dirty Mouth” about all the women he has and the dirty things he will do to them.
Yachty raps about how his girl rides him like a “Harley” on the next track.
“Say My Name” is a song about Lil Yachty’s newfound fame. The past year have been crazy for him and he wants his naysayers to say his name now.
On the next track “All You Had to Say” he sings about the fake friends in his life. He tells his so-called friends that if they weren’t really there for him that’s all they had to say. The song is a standout on the album.
“Better” is a different sound than what we have previously heard from Yachty. The feel good song has reggae vibes and an inspirational message. Even if things in life are good, they could always be better. The song contains a feature by Stefflon Don.
On the track “Forever Young” featuring Diplo, Yachty is feeling in love and wants to spend forever with a special someone.
Yachty is trying to put the moves on the “Lady in Yellow” who he has his eyes on. She plays a lot of games but he wants her to spend some time with him.
On the track “Moments in Time,” Yachty wants to live life in slow motion with his lady because he doesn’t want to share. He sings about how freaky they get together and how she’s his favorite freak.
Yachty raps over Playboi Carti’s song “Lame Niggaz” on the interlude “Otha S**t.” The interlude is followed by the track “X Men,” which is the hardest song on the album. The song features Evander Griiim.
Yachty strays away from his usual sound on the track “Bring it Back” which features an old school sound. He is experiencing heartbreak and just wishes he could get his lady back.
Australian singer Grace opens the song “Running with a Ghost” as she remembers a past lover, which is the premise of the entire song.
On the track “FYI (Know Now),” Yachty raps about how he has been doing his thing for a while now and he’s surprised most people don’t know who he is yet.
He realizes his priorities are messed up on the track “Priorities.” He says f**k the rules because he’s going to do whatever he wants regardless.
Yachty can’t take “No More” of people using him. He keeps finding himself surrounded by women who only want him for his money. He remembers a time when he was sleeping on the floor and barely had any money but now he has women all over the world.
There comes a time in most teenagers’ lives when they find themselves chasing someone who isn’t interested in them. That is exactly what Yachty is dealing with on the track “Made of Glass.” He has his sights on one girl but she doesn’t even know he exists and it’s driving him crazy.
The album closes with the outro “Momma” featuring Sonyae Elise. As the title suggest, the song is dedicated to his favorite girl and best friend, his mother. She sacrificed so much to raise him and he will honor her forever.
I will admit that the new strain of rappers coming out these days are not my cup of tea, however, I admire that they have remained true to themselves amidst the backlash they’ve received. Lil Yachty has embraced his uniqueness and it has paid off for him, I mean, he is Grammy-nominated. While Teenage Emotions wasn’t necessarily made for my age group, it did feature themes that I did experience in my teenage years. A younger audience will likely be able to relate and appreciate the album more than I did.
Recommended Tracks: “Momma,” “Better,” “Forever Young,” “All You Had to Say,” “Running with a Ghost”