Lil Yachty proves ‘nuthin’ on his new record
Despite Yachty’s growing fame and network, he has fallen deep into a hole of predictability and monotony with his latest record.Image By: Photo Courtesy of Pitchfork
Last Friday, Lil Yachty released his third album titled Nuthin’ 2 Prove. The young, Atlanta-born artist found mainstream popularity through social media in 2016 with his hit “Minnesota” and feature on D.R.A.M.’s hit party song “Broccoli.” Dubbing himself as a “bubblegum
A member of Quality Control Music record label, Yachty has various peers with more established fan bases, such as Migos and Cardi B, as well as upcoming rappers like Lil Baby. Commercial success came to Yachty relatively fast — signing deals with Sprite, Target and Chef Boyardee over the past several years. Even non-fans are going to find it difficult to avoid Lil Yachty’s cherry-hued hair among the televised commercials.
Despite Yachty’s growing fame and network, he has fallen deep into a hole of predictability and monotony with his latest record — at 15 songs, this dreary album offers practically nothing in terms of creativity compared to his previous work or that of his contemporaries.
“Gimmie My Respect” starts the album off on a compelling note. Just under two minutes, it’s not necessarily a memorable opener, but it acknowledges that Yachty knows his reputation in the music game. The outro proclaims, “And I’m a 8-figure,
Certainly no one listens to Lil Yachty for his lyrical prowess, so the bar is already set low. Despite a lack of standards, throughout the
The production of the album was nothing memorable: no beat switch-ups or cool samples, just one trap beat after another, and few grabbed my attention. Many tracks depended on gimmicky features and auto-tune rather than actual content. The song “Get Dripped” mindlessly follows the mainstream formula that resembles over half of the songs on the Spotify RapCaviar playlist: a hot feature (
Yachty’s systematic organization allowed the album’s featured artists to overshadow him on nearly every track, displaying an unexpected low of the record itself. In the broody “Forever World,” Trippie Redd at least brings emotion to the love song, opposed to Yachty who comes in with the pitiful bars “Baby know I’m
The track “Who Want the Smoke?” was a high point for the album —- just not for Lil Yachty. He was aggressively out-rapped by Cardi
The theme throughout the album was incredibly stale. Most of the lyrics centered around superficialities: girls, money, clothes, guns
The closing track, “Stoney,” a glimmer of hope for Yachty, touching on fame and drug use with a somber tone, is averse to his usual glamorous way. It is a shame the album ends just when Yachty begins to tap into these issues, but
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this album was what felt like the loss of 2016 Lil Yachty — the Lil Yachty that had a spark of potential to pave his own way and grow on his own terms. He was never strong with the technicalities, but there was something charming about Yachty’s high-pitched voice and quirky personality. However, this album lacks
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