Lil Yachty’s debut album Teenage Emotions isn’t good. We all knew that from the day Yachty announced it himself and even said that he doesn’t expect anyone to like it. As someone who listens to music every solitary day of my life and even writes my opinions about albums here, I have to be honest with myself. When I first heard Lil Boat, Lil Yachty’s breakout tape, I loved it. It was a complete escape from the normal trap rap that was and still is sweeping the Billboard Hot 100. Sweet, blissful songs about the little things in life and exploiting hip hop’s worst cliches. From the beautiful album art to the stripped back ethereal beats, it fell into heavy rotation on my phone. So naturally, I was anticipating his debut studio album, although his Summer Songs 2 mixtape was aimless and overall annoying. I was curious to see what Yachty would bring to the table in a full, LP format with a huge budget.
Clocking in at a ridiculous 21 tracks, this album was destined to be a disappointment, solely based off of length. It starts with an exact replica of the opener of Lil Boat, which was a fresh take of rap’s classic double personality cliche. Now, in this new song, it sounds tired and old with no sign of the free flying freakiness of Lil Boat. In fact, this is consistent throughout the entire album, save for a couple of tracks. It seems like absolutely nothing was left from the studio, and all the producers were so bored by the end recording they had no choice but to put everything on the album. Tracks like Lady In Yellow, the 50 second Otha Shit interlude, Made of Glass, and Running With A Ghost have little to no redeemable qualities about them. Even when an interesting producer hops on for the DN Freestyle, Yachty can barely stay on beat. It doesn’t help either when the beat sounds really expensive and great, therefore wasting a good instrumental. The only tracks that stack up to Yachty’s goofiness and overall aesthetic are Better, a fun reggae inspired song with a catchy hook, Say My Name, a decent ballad, and X Men and Peek A Boo, which both sound like continuations of the Up Next series. Even the song with YG falls right on it’s face, which is makes sense considering that both rappers sounds are completely different. This album is not good, but we knew that, and now that it’s out, we can laugh at it, hate it, and watch it be on the Billboard 200.