Born in Mableton, Georgia, Lil Yachty worked at McDonald’s, where he met a lot of producers and rappers. He attended the Alabama State University for two months before he dropped out to pursue his musical career.
He was influenced by numerous artists and different types of music, thanks to his father. From a very early age, he liked music that didn’t follow the norms, which he found very inspiring. That enticed him to try his luck in the world of music, so he moved from Georgia to New York City.
Upon moving to NYC, Lil Yachty started networking and teamed up with producer Burberry Perry and K$supreme. Soon followed the release of his Minnesota and One Night singles, the latter of which instantly went viral.
His following mixtapes, Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2, were also huge successes. His collaboration with D.R.A.M. resulted in a chart-topping hit Broccoli, which reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 2017, Lil Yachty released his debut studio album Teenage Emotions, which features plenty of world-renowned artists and gave way to several huge hits. The following album, Lil Boat 2, continued his successful streak.
In the News
Lil Yachty’s life is no stranger to controversy. In 2015, he was arrested for credit card fraud in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. After posting a bail bond of $11,000, he was released.
Another headline was the infamous Lil Yachty Soulja Boy beef. Lil Yachty and rapper Soulja Boy began to very publicly argue on social media about a particular leaked videotape. The argument ended with Soulja Boy actually punching Lil Yachty in the face, which led to Yachty only gaining more followers.
These days, Yachty is dipping his toes in the film industry. He’s preparing for a role in the upcoming MTV movie How High 2, the long-awaited sequel of the 2001 comedy How High.
Before you see him on the big screen, stay tuned with The Shade Room to keep up with all things Lil Yachty!