Lil Yachty in 2016
|Miles Parks McCollum|
August 23, 1996 |
Mableton, Georgia, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1996), known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper and singer. Yachty first gained recognition in August 2015 for his singles "One Night" and "Minnesota" from his debut EP Summer Songs. He released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in March 2016. On June 10, 2016, Yachty announced that he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Capitol Records, and Motown Records. His mixtapes Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2 were released in 2016 and his debut studio album Teenage Emotions in 2017.
Miles Parks McCollum was born in Mableton, Georgia. In 2015, he adopted the nautical stage name "Yachty" and moved from his hometown of Atlanta to New York City to launch his career. He stayed with a friend and networked with online street fashion personalities, while he built up his own Instagram following. Yachty first came to prominence in December 2015 when the SoundCloud version of his song "One Night" was used in a viral comedy video.
In April 2016, Yachty collaborated with DRAM on the hit song "Broccoli", which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He featured on Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book mixtape, released in May 2016. On June 10, 2016 he announced he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Capitol Records, and Motown Records. Yachty released his second mixtape Summer Songs 2 in July 2016.
On May 26, 2017, Lil Yachty released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. It features guest appearances from Migos, Diplo, Evander Griiim, Grace, Stefflon Don and YG, among others. Three promotion singles were released to co-incide with the track. The album's first promotional single, "Harley", produced by K Swisha, was released on April 14, 2017. The second promotional single, "Bring It Back", produced by Free School, was released on May 4, 2017. The third promotional single, "X Men", produced by 30 Roc and Tillie and featuring a guest appearance from American rapper Evander Griiim, was released on May 18, 2017. He featured in a remix of "With My Team" by Creek Boyz, released December 15, 2017.
Lil Yachty calls his style "bubblegum trap." His songs have sampled sounds ranging from Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the theme from Rugrats, and the startup sound of a GameCube console. Other themes in his works include clouds, cotton candy, the Super Nintendo, and scenes from Pixar films. His friend TheGoodPerry is heavily involved in the production of his songs. Yachty's style has also been described as mumble rap.
Rolling Stone described his music as "catchy, intentionally dinky-sounding tunes packed with off-color boasts delivered in a proudly amateurish singsong."The Guardian called his music "fun, hook-first pop rap oblivious to songcraft and structure that doesn't take itself too seriously, with very little interest in legacy and even less in rap canon."
Yachty made a guest appearance in a Sprite commercial with LeBron James, where he is seen in an ice cave playing the piano. Lil Yachty was picked to be the face of the new Nautica and UrbanOutfitter collection. Yachty also appeared in the "It Takes Two" video with Carly Rae Jepsen for Target.
On September 1, 2015, Yachty and one other man were arrested at a mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for credit card fraud, Yachty was released after posting a bail bond of $11,000. According to Yachty, the charges were later expunged.
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration||"Broccoli" (with DRAM)||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Video||"iSpy" (with Kyle)||Nominated|