Five years ago, Lil yachty caught the internet heat because of his comments on Tupac Shakur and The notorious BIG Boat recently revealed just how bad the vitriol on his statements has been during an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1.
The Atlanta rapper cut it off with Lowe to support his new album, Michigan Boy Boat, in an interview published on Friday April 23. Yachty spoke of his growth as an artist since his debut, specifically referring to the time he said he couldn’t name five Tupac or Biggie songs in an interview and later called Big was overrated. “I never meant to be disrespectful,” Yachty explained around 10 minutes into the interview. “I was just honest. I had no media training, right? All I knew was to be an honest person.”
He continued, “I didn’t say it was garbage or nothing. You know, in my opinion, opinions are … come on bro, rap is opinionated. These days it’s like if opinions were so accepted now as if another artist decided to do it Say what they think no one would care about anymore I was 19, 18, 19 I had never done I’ve never been hated like that in my life. People hated me after that, like death threats. I think that’s what really sparked this hatred for me. “
Yachty said the fans turning on him at the time taught him a lesson and helped shape him. “So many people were automatically trying to overtake me like he was crazy, he was cheesy or whatever,” he added. “But it taught me a lot. It built my character and made me so strong and so close to putting a shell around me. Like at some point I got into so much shit that I didn’t. don’t care about anything now. I’m grateful for that because my emotions can’t hear it. They can say whatever they want to say, I don’t care and I’ve been through it. I don’t care. You know what I’m saying? And I did. I went through it and I still succeed. And I’m still here to this day, it’s five years later, I did. “
Michigan-themed Yachty’s new LP features guest appearances from Tee Grizzley, Sada Baby, Swae Lee and more. Check out his full interview with Zane Lowe here.
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