He’s sitting in the conference room of his Toronto hotel, his unmistakable red braids running down from the top of his head. Behind him, a confusing and surreal art piece of white lines, criss-crossing each other on a black background. The Simpsons’ family is pressed onto the front of his BAPE sweater, around his neck is an iced out Bart Simpson chain. Lil Boat was not too stimulated by the interviewers before sitting down with MONTREALITY, and could barely keep his yawns from sprouting out. But now he’s much more enthusiastic, “damn… that’s a good ass question,” he says.
He begins to read a slick verse off of his phone, one he wrote for Swizz Beatz. The realest sh*t he ever wrote according to him. “I killed that sh*t, straight up”, he says with a huge smile, “that ain’t even out yet.”
Yachty has been creating ripples throughout the industry for some time now for his unique style and effort in innovating hip-hop. Undoubtedly a voice for the newer generation, his ability to create distinct melodies and pair them with creative lyricism has put him on the forefront. However he still looks to all the other artists currently making noise for inspiration and guidance. “Kendrick Lamar is just talented bro, and he understands all eras.
Kendrick dominates what he does, but he understands other lanes. [..] Most rappers who spit are one-sided, they spit, they don't f*** with the other s***. If I could get in that studio with him that'd be amazing .."
He goes on to reflect on his relationship with the A$AP MOB as well. "A$AP Rocky just showed so much love, let me come into his house and sleep and hang around, took me to Kanye's studio when he was working on Life Of Pablo. Rocky still shows love to this day, he checks on me, texts me.”
Despite his massive success and support from those inside the industry, Yachty has experienced a lot of hate and misunderstanding towards his creative vision and vibe, no matter though for the Teenage Emotions creator as he knows how to keep his head above it all, “F*** the haters cause n***as be hating. N***as are going to hate, they may not hate on you like they hate on me, cause they f***ing hate me. You can't let that get in the way of your vision.”