Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions Album Review

by Joseph Bonney

 The King of the Teens has dropped his long awaited Teenage Emotions Album.  Lil Boat is known for making fun party tracks as well as the poster child for the new wave of mumble rap.  I tried my best to go into this album without a biased view.  Listening to this album is like taking a glimpse into Yachty’s soul.

The project opens up with an intro from an uncle of Yachty’s to welcome you to this album.  But after a while he comes in with the usual auto-tuned whaling he is known for.  The “DN freestyle” takes an unexpected turn into a rapid incoherent rap.  He doesn’t let rhymes dictate his thought process, it’s a burst of thoughts  spilling onto a song.  “Peek A Boo” is the first track that feels planned, if that makes sense.  It follows the traditional chorus, verse, chorus that you hear on the radio.  The “Blow my dick like a cello” line, which Yachty has addressed, as ridiculous as it sounds doesn’t take away too much considering the track is a euphemism for playing with female genitalia (though not one of Yachty’s people recognizing that a cello isn’t blown is quite disturbing).

The next stand out track of the album “All Around Me”, is something I can see none Yachty fans listening to.  It’s catchy, fun and not as absurd as his other tracks.  Kamaiyah and YG’s addition to the track also give the track direction and the radio flare we’re looking for.  The following four tracks center around his newfound fame at a young age:  “Say My Name” wants people to chant for him while in the next track Yachty asks about the lack of attention he gets.  After that, the next songs are about living life to the fullest, enjoying oneself, and being free. He dips into a dancehall vibe with “Better”, reminiscent of Drake’s recent sound.

“Running with a Ghost” is the song that hit me the strongest out of the whole album because it’s a generic pop rap track, which isn’t bad at all.  I’m not sure how receptive the masses will be to the tune, but this song has heavy potential to blow up.  Grace sultry vocals serenading the hook on a bubblegum trap beat with Yachty at the forefront is an algorithm for a hit.  Tracks like ”Lady in the Yellow” and “X Men” are straight to the point but they take different directions.  Lady in the Yellow is Yachty crooning about a woman he loves, while “X Men” is the the cliche money, cars, clothes, women track.  It’s a confident entertaining track.

The last two tracks are a decrescendo to this album.  “Made of Glass” discusses unrequited love and being seen through or non existent to his love one.  The outro is the closure of his world with the assistance of his mother, who lists how much she loves her son. A sweet touch.  It ties up the raw emotion and angst that Yachty feels, as if to say, all over the place.  But you’ve done a lot and everything will be okay.    

This album isn’t going to convert you into a Yachty fan.  This album is like Flo-Rida or Pitbull when they drop an album.  It has the radio songs that do what they’re suppose to do; generate a song that people will play at almost every club or house party.  But at the end of the day, most are not fiending for this album.  You won’t see facebook statuses from your friends claiming how excited or ‘fire’ the album is.  Which is fine.  This album represents a moment in time, a phase our society is at right now.  Boat will gain momentum off this album, but it will really take his future music to decide how to feel about him.  Otherwise don’t go into this album expecting to be swayed.  Yachty’s entire persona is the basis of this album, what you see is what you get.


Joseph Bonney is a writer, artist, hip-hop enthusiast, and gamer currently living in San Marcos,Texas.  A recent English graduate with an Art/Design minor, when he's not working, he's usually doing 1 of the 4, or eating.  You can find his Instagram page here.