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Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty

American rapper, singer and songwriter
Lil Yachty
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American rapper, singer and songwriter
Is Rapper Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 23 August 1997, Mableton, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Age 23 years
Star sign Virgo
Alabama State University
Hip hop music
Trap music
Mumble rap
The details


Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Yachty first gained recognition in August 2015 for his singles "One Night" and "Minnesota" from his debut EP Summer Songs. He released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in March 2016. On June 10, 2016, Yachty announced that he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Capitol Records, and Motown Records. His mixtapes Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2 were released in 2016 and his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions in 2017. His second studio album, Lil Boat 2, was released on March 9, 2018. His third studio album, Nuthin' 2 Prove, was released on October 19, 2018. His fourth studio album, Lil Boat 3, was released on May 29, 2020.

Early life

McCollum was born in Mableton, Georgia. In 2015, he adopted the stage name "Yachty" and moved from his hometown of Atlanta to New York City to launch his career. He stayed with a friend and networked with online street fashion personalities, while he built up his own Instagram following. He worked at McDonald's.


2015–2017: "One Night", Lil Boat, and Teenage Emotions

Yachty first came to prominence in December 2015 when the SoundCloud version of his song "One Night" was used in a viral comedy video.

In February 2016, Yachty debuted as a model in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion line at Madison Square Garden. Yachty's debut mixtape Lil Boat was released in March 2016.

In April 2016, Yachty collaborated with DRAM on the hit song "Broccoli", which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He featured on Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book mixtape, released in May 2016. On June 10, 2016 he announced he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Capitol Records, and Motown Records. Yachty released his second mixtape Summer Songs 2 in July 2016.

In December 2016, he was featured on the hip hop single "iSpy" by Kyle. He was featured in Tee Grizzley's single "From the D to the A", released in March 2017.

On May 26, 2017, Lil Yachty released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. It features guest appearances from Migos, Diplo, Evander Griiim, Grace, Stefflon Don and YG, among others. Three promotional singles were released to co-incide with the album. The first promotional single, "Harley", produced by K Swisha, was released on April 14, 2017. The second promotional single, "Bring It Back", produced by Free School, was released on May 4, 2017. The third promotional single, "X Men", produced by 30 Roc and Tillie and featuring a guest appearance from American rapper Evander Griiim, was released on May 18, 2017. He featured in a remix of "With My Team" by Creek Boyz, released December 15, 2017.

2018–present: Lil Boat 2, Nuthin' 2 Prove, and A-Team

Lil Yachty announced on February 20, 2018, that his album Lil Boat 2 would be released on March 9, 2018. It was confirmed earlier, on January 21, 2018, that Lil Yachty and Takeoff have collaborated on an album that is yet to be released.

He was featured on the Ocean Park Standoff single "If You Were Mine", released on April 27, 2018. He joined FaZe Clan in December 2018 as "FaZe Boat".

On February 28, 2020, Lil Yachty released a collaborative project named A-Team with rappers Lil Keed and Lil Gotit as well as producer Zaytoven. The album featured 10 tracks and was preceded by the singles "Accomplishments" (with Lil Yachty, Lil Keed, and Zaytoven), "A-Team (You Ain't Safe)" (with Lil Yachty, Lil Keed, and Zaytoven), "Drip Jacker" (with Lil Yachty, Lil Keed, and Zaytoven), and "Hightop Shoes" (with Lil Yachty, Lil Keed, and Zaytoven). Following this, on March 9, 2020, Lil Yachty released the lead single from Lil Boat 3, titled "Oprah's Bank Account" with features by Drake and DaBaby. Lil Boat 3 was released on May 29, 2020. Lil Yachty said he also plans to release another project, titled End of the Summer, in August 2020.

Musical style

Lil Yachty has called his style "bubblegum trap." His songs have sampled sounds from Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the theme from Rugrats, the startup sound of a GameCube console, as well as J-pop singer Daoko. Other themes in his works include clouds, cotton candy, the Super Nintendo, and scenes from Pixar films. His friend TheGoodPerry is heavily involved in the production of his songs. Yachty's style has also been described as mumble rap.

Rolling Stone described his music as "catchy, intentionally dinky-sounding tunes packed with off-color boasts delivered in a proudly amateurish singsong." The Guardian called his music "fun, hook-first pop rap oblivious to songcraft and structure that doesn't take itself too seriously, with very little interest in legacy and even less in rap canon."

Yachty grew up listening to Canadian rapper Drake.

Personal life

Yachty attended Alabama State University in fall 2015 but dropped out to pursue his musical career.

In a 2016 interview for CNN, Yachty expressed support for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election, and praised Sanders in his work during the civil rights movement.

Yachty made a guest appearance in a Sprite commercial with LeBron James, where he is seen in an ice cave playing the piano. Lil Yachty was picked to be the face of the new Nautica and Urban Outfitters collection. Yachty also appeared in the "It Takes Two" video with Carly Rae Jepsen for Target.

In 2018, Yachty worked with Donny Osmond to create a theme song for Chef Boyardee titled "Start the Par-dee".

2015 mugshot of Yachty

On September 1, 2015, Yachty and one other man were arrested at a mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for credit card fraud, Yachty was released after posting a bail bond of $11,000. According to Yachty, his records were expunged.


Year Film Role Notes
2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Green Lantern Voice role
2018 Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve The Beatboxer
2019 Long Shot Himself
2019 How High 2 Roger Television film


  • Teenage Emotions (2017)
  • Lil Boat 2 (2018)
  • Nuthin' 2 Prove (2018)
  • Lil Boat 3 (2020)

Awards and nominations

Billboard Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 "Broccoli" Top Rap Collaboration Nominated
Top Rap Song Nominated
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 "Broccoli" Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
"iSpy" Best Visual Effects Nominated

Other awards

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 Grammy Awards Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Broccoli" Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Best New International Artist Himself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Video "iSpy" (with Kyle) Nominated
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 27 Sep 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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