BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Lil Yachty’s ascension continues with his cover boy status on the upcoming summer music issue of The Fader.
The upstart Atlanta rapper, who turns 20 next month, exhibits his buoyancy in the in-depth story, whether discussing the first tape he ever owned (Kriss Kross) or taping an episode of “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” with the business icon and rap kingpin.
Reporter Rembert Browne spent five days with Yachty shortly before the May release of his first studio album, “Teenage Emotions.” Browne noted that Yachty would prefer Domino’s, soda and Fruit by the Foot to weed and liquor and that in their time spent together, the colorful young MC was rarely alone.
“I hate being alone. That’s why I like being with my friends: we’ve got energy, we’re social as hell. I’m not 30 or anything – I’m 19,” Yachty said.
He also confirmed that he and Lil Uzi Vert are not friends (“It’s just competition”) and talked about his relationship with Atlanta manager Kevin “Coach K” Lee of Quality Control Music.
“It makes things pretty one-sided sometimes. Like, technically the manager works for the artist. What the artist says goes,” Yachty said. “But I know Coach always has the best intentions, so sometimes he just tells me what to do. And I don’t really have any say. I mean, I have a say so, but for the most part I don’t really care to say anything.”
Check out the online version of the story here. The print edition will be available July 25.