Lil Yachty is fondly known as the fun-loving, red-haired rapper who ruled SoundCloud during the mid-2010s. The ‘One Night’ singer developed a cult following on the music streaming platform aged only 18 while he was still in college. Utilising the production abilities of his dorm room friend (Burberry Perry), the Atlanta act has admitted he recorded his breakout single in a garage. Akin to his Atlanta counterpart, 21 Savage, the rapper (real name Miles McCollum) was a member of XXL’s 2016 class. Many old-school figures considered the group as an abomination to hip-hop, and the culture ended up dubbing it the “slow class”.
However, this didn’t phase McCollum in the slightest. Instead, he simply focused on bringing good vibes and flair to the culture. However, the artist (often referred to as Lil Boat) angered many older figures who perceived him as a nonchalant act who didn’t take his craft seriously. But one emcee and personality who was exceedingly critical of McCollum was ‘Pump It Up’ rapper Joe Budden, who aggressively confronted Yachty on one occasion.
During a 2017 appearance on the YouTube series Everyday Struggle hosted by Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis, McCollum was grilled by Budden. Ahead of his debut album Teenage Emotions, the rapper released artwork which depicted the rapper sitting alongside an albino female, a punk, a gay couple and a young lady with vitiligo. However, as a representative of the old-school, Budden felt like it went against everything that hip-hop had previously stood for, insinuating McCollum ought to take into account the culture’s concrete stance on homosexuality and, more broadly, white America. The Atlanta artist explained to Budden, “I’m the outcast the hip-hop game, these are all outcasts on this cover and all I’m basically saying is you can be yourself and still be okay with that.”
However, Budden was still angry and “I would like to ask you what you want from hip-hop and what you’re willing to exchange for it?! You come off as a bit dismissive and I’m like….if you feel like that bout about this culture that saved my life saved, your life, saved so many people’s lives and your so arrogant about it, then f*ck you!” This did seem to impact McCollum. However, he didn’t stop releasing music and the following year released his second album, Lil Boat 2.
Last year Lil Boat went viral following a leak of his track ‘Poland’. Amidst an influx and resurgence of his international success, McCollum even received a personal invitation to Poland from their Prime Minister. Following a Breakfast Club interview with G Herbo in which he claimed Chief Keef was a pioneer, McCollum took to Twitter to name his top ten rappers. You can see Yachty’s pick in the list below.
Lil Yachty’s top 10 rappers of all time:
- Young Thug
- Lil Wayne
- Kanye West
- Chief Keef
- Nicki Minaj
- Biggie Smalls
You can see the rapper’s Everyday Struggle interview in the video below.