Lil Yachty’s friends laughed at his music at first, but he found success after his song was leaked online.
“I wasn’t really doing music for nobody,” the hip-hop artist explained. “I did ‘Minnesota,’ I never put it out because when I first made it, all my friends laughed my face. The producer actually leaked it. I was so mad — why would you put this out, bro? No, take it down. Then it started blowing up. Like keep it up. Thank you.”
“Minnesota” leaked in late 2015. By early 2016, it got a remix featuring Quavo and Young Thug, which landed on Yachty’s 2nd mixtape, “Lil Boat.”
His ‘1Night’ music video also garnered more than 120 million views and he used that momentum to start on his 1st full-length project. He debuted his 2017 album, “Teenage Emotions” — but after going mainstream, it was hard for the rapper to maintain his IDGAF attitude.
“I think being too careful somethings hurts. Back then I didn’t give a f*ck. I say what I wanted to say and made the type of music I wanted to make because that’s just — I was me,” he explained.
Yachty’s care-free persona has definitely helped usher in a new wave of rap music, which has inspired other young talents to take chances on their music.