Lil Yachty Drops Trippy Skit Ahead Of New Album

Welcome to the "Department of Mental Tranquility," which seems like anything but in Yachty's new vid.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Lil Yachty just dropped a skit titled “Department of Mental Tranquility” on social media to promote his upcoming album, Let’s Start Here. Moreover, the skit contains him entering a mysterious office of some kind, with wacky characters, jarring cinematography, and eerie narration. Overall, it seems like a brash and expressive statement from one of hip-hop’s most curious creatives.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 19: Lil Yachty performs during Wicked (Spelhouse Homecoming Concert) Featuring 21 Savage at Forbes Arena at Morehouse College on October 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

“At the end of this hallway is the edge of oblivion,” Yachty opens with narration. He walks into an office titled the “Department of Mental Tranquility” or DMT. Maybe this will be the psychedelic and trippy indie album we never knew we needed from Yachty. Nevertheless, he continues. “Whilst the man you are watching may not know it yet, this moment will mark the first step on the journey of the rest of his life.

“A man arrives at the precipice,” another version of Yachty says in the video. “He simply asks a question.” As Lil Boat arrives at the sweltering office, he’s greeted by an enthusiastic woman at the front desk. After asking if this is where he gets treatment, she asks him a barrage of personal and sometimes funny questions. She even asks Boat if he’s sexually active, which he affirms despite recent IRL comments.

Overall, the video has a kind of jittery and overwhelmed feeling, as Yachty’s eyes dart between trippy decorations, sweaty patrons, and the front desk lady’s exhaustive questions. Finally, he shuts all the madness out and simply asks for them to get on with it.

Then, Yachty walks towards “Room 10” and enters a light-filled room. Afterwards, the door closes, and “Let’s Start Here” pops up on screen. In fact, the Atlanta native even teased us with a taste of the upcoming album via a music snippet.

Moreover, it sounds quite psychedelic, definitely more rock or indie-inspired, and very unlike his recent catalog. However, considering his collaborations with the likes of Tame Impala and his previous teases, this seems like an exciting new direction.

Still, what did you think of Yachty's trippy new skit to promote his upcoming album, Let's Start Here? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments and check it out for yourself down below. Also, as always, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest on Lil Yachty's curious new album cycle.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.