…But It Do Sound Good
WRITTEN BY CHARLES ODUGBESAN
So Lil Yachty this past week released his album Teenage Emotions. Last month he gave us a preview of the album by dropping his Migos collab song ‘Peek A Boo’. As anticipated, a partnership between two of the biggest acts in hip hop today and label mates at Quality Control Music was necessary and sure enough made its way on to Lil Boat’s new project.
Now Yachty has already proven to be an eccentric yet highly creative and business savvy individual. In terms of the album cover for Teenage Emotion, I believe he exhibits all three of these qualities perfectly. Some feel as though album cover art is a lost trade amongst the current generation of musicians but it is clear to see that Yachty is not bereft of this. I believe his album cover to be a direct portrayal of his standing in hip hop today. Everything from Yachty’s appearance right down to his lyrics in his music make him a polarising character. But despite receiving as much (if not more) backlash as he does praise, he is comfortable with who he is and encourages those who are also deemed as ‘outcasts’ in society to embrace their differences wholeheartedly.
Okay so that’s enough praise – let me revisit the song ‘Peek A Boo’ now and talk and how dumb this guy is!!
My personal problem with Yachty (or in fact any other musician) is that I shouldn’t be able to feel as though I can so easily replicate or even better the quality of his lyrics in any given song. Musicians, if anything, are often very eloquent beings, graduating from spoken word, poetry or otherwise to live, teach and create impact through the lyrics in their work. Now granted, Yachty’s style of music is not one that requires or produces thought provoking lyrics with dual meanings and intricate wordplay, but if you insist on simplicity, at least say things that are LOGICAL. Yachty was asked to address a particular lyric in ‘Peek A Boo’ which, to a sharp ear sparked confusion bordering on outrage. Have a look at this:
This here is exactly why Lil Yachty is so polarising to hip hop fans. Barring a select few who keep us mentally switched on, the most ‘relevant’ artists of the modern day are more concerned with a more melodic than a lyrical style of music. That can’t be begrudged – it pays testament to a genre nearing 50 years in existence. Simple lyrics are fine, but lyrics that genuinely don’t make any sense?! A generation will grow up on artists such as Yachty and that is worrying. Despite him being as talented as he is, things like this make you question his intelligence and to me, an artist without intelligence cannot be a very credible one. Moreover, he clearly isn’t a real Spongebob fan, neither has he been playing the cello properly this whole time! Never can I take seriously an artist who sacrifices logic in a song because ‘it do sound good’. Talk about all the cars, guns, hoes and clothes that you want if it sounds good, but please just sprinkle a little bit of I.Q in the song’s makeup… pleaseee!! In any case, here’s praying that my son/daughter prefers the Kendrick Lamar’s and the J Cole’s of this time.
I might listen to his new album, so I might have more to say. I don’t hate Yachty. I just don’t need him melting away my brain cells with dumb lyrics!!!