Lil Yachty Takes A Chance On New Album "Let's Start Here"

Lil Yachty takes an unexpected leap on his new project, "Let's Start Here."

BYAron A.
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Lil Yachty showcases his versatility more than ever on his latest project, Let’s Start Here.

In the last few months, the narrative surrounding Lil Yachty’s artistry has shifted exponentially. From the release of the viral single, “Poland” to his contributions on Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss, Yachty’s undoubtedly grown as an artist. However, even then, critics and fans considered him a part of the mumble rap pack.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 18: Lil Yachty attends a concert after party at Onyx Nightclub on October 18, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Let’s Start Here is a leap in a new direction for Lil Yachty. His latest project veers away from rap entirely for a psychedelic rock-influenced effort. The project boasts 14 songs in total with an array of uncredited features. Teezo Touchdown, Baby K, Foushée, Justine Skye, and more contribute to Let’s Start Here. On the production side, Yachty claims credit on 12 out of the 14 songs. Additionally, SADPONY, Justin Raisen, and Patrick Wembley heavily contribute to the tracklist.

Last night, Lil Yachty hosted an album listening party in New Jersey with Drake and Offset in attendance. He explained that the ambitious sound was a result of people counting him out as an artist over the years.

“I think I created this just because I really ​​wanted to be taken serious as an artist. Not just some Soundcloud rapper, not just some mumble rapper, not some guy that made one hit. You know, I wanted to be taken serious because music is like everything to me. I respect all walks of music. Not just rap and hip-hop but everything,” Lil Yachty said. “If we gon’ be honest, there’s just a lot of n***as started copying the swag. And I felt like, cool, well, if everyone can do this then that’s fine but I’m going to show you what y’all can’t do.”

Check out Lil Yachty’s new project below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.