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Lil Yachty’s ‘Michigan Boy Boat’ Pays Tribute to the Hottest Rap Scene in the Country

By Danny Schwartz

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There is no regional music scene that has flourished the past two years like Michigan rap. And there is no bigger fan of Michigan rap than Lil Yachty . During this period, Yachty has spent a disproportionate amount of time hanging out in the recording studios and gas station parking lots of Detroit and Flint, ingratiating himself amongst the state’s premier street rappers and doing as the locals do — acting playful and dead-serious at the same time, rapping loose on fast beats, forgoing hooks, and stringing together verses out of darkly funny one-liners. Yachty has become a staple of Michigan posse cuts, appearing on tracks like “Flintana” and “Run Down” ; on “Royal Rumble,” from February, Flint bruiser RMC Mike proclaimed, “Me, Yachty, [Louie] Ray, [Krispy Life] Kidd, and Rio the Fab Five,” thus consecrating Lil Boat forever in Michigan lore.

Yachty’s love affair with Michigan rap culminates with Michigan Boy Boat , a 14-track mixtape that features a dozen-odd Michigan rappers, including Sada Baby, Tee Grizzley, Rio Da Yung OG, and YN Jay. Aside from the excellent “G.I. Joe,” an upbeat riff on Lil Boat 3 standout “Split,” the mixtape fully embraces the Michigan aesthetic. (And despite dropping five days ago, it’s not even Yachty’s most recent Michigan collab.) Michigan Boy Boat primarily succeeds as a celebration of Yachty’s passion for Michigan rap and the long-distance bromance and musical chemistry that he’s developed with his Midwestern counterparts. He fits naturally in this scene in part because the imperative to incorporate a heavy dose of humor gives him the opportunity to evolve his whimsical origins as the “King of the Teens.”

Yachty is a great ambassador for Michigan rap, but as Michigan Boy Boat illustrates, he’s far from the best practitioner of the style. He is the protagonist of the mixtape, but he isn’t its anchor. Solo joints “Final Form” and “Concrete Goonies” and the Swae Lee collab “Never Did Coke” feel unmoored without the grounding presence of a Michigander. At the same time, other tracks feel like the JV team going up against the varsity in an intrasquad scrimmage. Sada Baby outraps Yachty on “SB 2021,” a battle of libidos, but then again, whomst amongst us matches up well against Sada’s swashbuckling charm and knowledge of global cuisine (“ Brazilian bitch gon’ eat the dick like feijoada”). As the song ends, Yachty sounds distracted and hurried, as though the studio manager is urging him to leave the booth and wrap up his session. Similarly, on “Ghetto Boy Shit,” Yachty pales in comparison to RMC Mike’s burly charisma. To flow outside the beat is to superimpose a pocket, and on this track, Yachty fails to develop one. 

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The most exciting moments on Michigan Boy Boat come when Yachty fades to the middle ground and becomes just another one of the boys circled up in a cypher. On “Plastic,” he begins and ends his verse with a nod to Icewear Vezzo, rapping “ the way that Vezzo drive his Wraith, could tell he ain’t rent it” before seamlessly handing Vezzo the mic. Mixtape closer “This That One” feels like an old-school jazz cutting contest — six rappers hurtling forward together at breakneck speed, each one trying to sound more depraved than his counterparts. In this high-speed, communal environment, Yachty sounds at home.

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Lil Yachty — the Atlanta rapper who came to fame with what he called “bubblegum trap”, a brightly hued version of the southern rap genre — used to double as an inadvertent investment aid. Whenever he released an album or mixtape, the S&P 500 would plummet. The wilder fringes of financial analysis took note. “Market is doomed, new Lil Yachty album just dropped,” a Reddit thread warned last year when Let’s Start Here came out.

But Yachty’s latest bucked the trend. The S&P 500 has thrived since its arrival. And Yachty’s reputation has climbed too. Where once he was viewed as something of a novelty act, all red braided hair and hyper-jaunty tunes, now terms such as “ambitious left-turn” and “spectacular” have been turning up in notices. An unexpected stylistic swerve was the reason why — for Let’s Start Here is Lil Yachty’s psychedelic rock album.

The rapper, real name Miles Parks McCollum, opened his Wembley show lining up alongside an all-women backing band. Hallucinatory visuals with magic mushrooms and LSD imagery unfolded on a screen behind them. Such trippiness isn’t unusual in hip-hop: there have been a number of lysergically influenced acid-rap records over the years, including mainstream hits such as Travis Scott’s Astroworld . But Yachty’s plunge into psych-rock is singular. Among the inspirations is Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon , a “whoa” moment for the rapper when he first heard it. Another is Tame Impala.

Fairly smooth and laid-back on record, his brand of psychedelia acquired a more frantic character live. Forceful drumming and guitar action turned songs into battering rams at the doors of perception. Two backing singers did wordless vocal runs like gale-force versions of Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky”. Meanwhile Yachty sang with a gruff holler, which was given a fluting quality by audio processing.

A half-empty venue suggested that not all his fans have signed up for the ride. However, those present made up for the shortfall with a boisterous display of energy. They were rewarded with a long section of straight-up rap tracks featuring his Concrete Boys crew, a quartet of MCs. Booming snare drums and skittering hi-hats rang out. The catchy sound of his early “bubblegum trap” style was absent: Yachty has disavowed the label (and also ditched his red braids).

Made gruffer by what he called “a battle with a spring allergy”, his voice suited the no-nonsense beats. Moshpits opened up in the audience. Then it was back to rock songs with his band, brashly loud affairs in which Yachty cried “Can you feel it?” amid crashing drums and riffs and fusillades of flashing lights. It was messy and unsubtle, but also entertaining and fully committed. The gimmicky rapper of old is now a buy. 

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The Cyber Crime division of Kolkata Police on Monday sent a notice to two social media users for posting a video which was "offensive, malicious, and inciting". The video in question was an AI spoof of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, showing her dancing on a stage.

The police warned two X users -- @SoldierSaffron7 and @Shalendervoice -- for sharing the spoof video of Mamata Banerjee.

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WHAT DID THE SPOOF VIDEO SHOW?

The video, first shared on X handle @SoldierSaffron7, shows an AI version of Mamata Banerjee dancing as she walks on a stage.

The original video shows American rapper Lil Yachty making a stage entrance. The video, which was posted on YouTube Jun 21, 2022, has become a popular meme template with people using Sora AI to replace Lil Yachty with renowned figures, including Hitler and DC supervillain Joker.

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X user @SoldierSaffron7 reacted to the police notice and said, "Kolkata Police is giving notices just for posting memes on Mamata Banerjee. Those who say there is no democracy under BJP government in India they should sometimes visit West Bengal. So much Freedom of Speech in Bengal."

Social media users also wondered why the police sent a notice over a spoof video.

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In another clip, he gives his opinion on who won or lost, and as of right now, Yachty has it as a draw because the cards were stacked against the Toronto rapper. “Drake dropped great records. But also, let’s be fair: Drake was deemed a loser in this battle before it started because people don’t like him and haven’t,” he said after suggesting Kendrick’s apparent “animosity.” He continued by admitting he thinks Drake will be fine: “I don’t think people are gonna stop listening to Drake and Drake’s career is gonna flush.”

Boat then said he told Drake “I don’t feel like you won or lost” before adding, “Rappers have lost, and then lost everything. But this hasn’t happened to Drake. He will still be in everybody’s Spotify Wrapped at the end of the year and he’ll still drop hits and control the summer. I think Kendrick made very smart moves and I don’t think Drake would disagree.”

Lil Yachty speaking on the Kendrick Lamar & Drake rap battle "Drake was deemed a loser in this battle before it started, cause people don't like him and havent… I think he still sits on top of the throne… I told Drake I don't feel like you won or lost" via @ASafePlacePod pic.twitter.com/YYhM7Ir8vX — SOUND (@itsavibe) May 17, 2024

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