Artist: Lil Yachty
Album: Lil Boat 2
Genre: Hip Hop
Style: Trap, Pop Rap
Exactly two years prior to the release of Lil Boat 2, Lil Yachty catapulted himself into rap industry prominence with his debut mixtape Lil Boat. The mixtape albeit unorthodox was a unique take on the trap production style that has saturated the rap scene as of late. The bubblegum trap Yachty and producer TheGoodPerry created stylistically was an instant hit within the industry, and the Lil Boat mixtape helped Yachty reach new found success. This period of time earned him plenty of features and radio play directly after the release of Lil Boat.
Yachty’s quirky flow and lyrics became synonymous with his rapping style on Lil Boat, and his first album Teenage Emotions. However, Lil Boat 2 strays away from this successful formula, and delivers an end product that is stylistically different from it’s predecessor. The bubblegum trap beats that were previously prominent on a Yachty tape have been traded for a heavier and darker sound. Yachty’s often times goofy lyricism and upbeat flow has been swapped for a more aggressive and in your face braggadocios tone as well. This change is immediately noticeable throughout the opening songs on the album. Barring three songs on this album, most of the beats contain heavy trap style bass and snare kits that are accompanied by almost sci-fi sounding overtones. This production change does not do well to compliment Yachty’s unique flow and lyricism. At times it certainly feels that most of features are better suited stylistically for the production. I think this is most notable with Lil Pump’s feature on “BABY DADDY.” The beat and heavier production noticeably compliment Lil Pump’s verse as opposed to Yachty’s verses on the track. In regards to Pump’s style, there are also a few songs on this album that contain choruses that consist of single words being repeated over and over. The most notable culprit of this is Boom! These choruses feel downright lazy, and don’t mesh well with Yachty’s tone and voice. The added ad-libs on this track also tend to be quite distracting to the verses as well, and makes the track feel messy and unpolished at times.
The production change also doesn’t help create a unique atmosphere throughout the seventeen tracks on this album. Most of the verses, features, and beats on this album feel very much like a cookie cutter trap song. This is most noticeable in a few of the features present throughout this album. The features sometimes feel like throwaway verses from the artists, especially the Migos verses, and don’t really add anything unique to the overall sound on this album. The production change also stands out poorly due to the length of this album as well. Although the overall length is quite short for 17 tracks, only 45 minutes long, some sections on the album can really drag due to the similar production style throughout.
While the stylistic change on this album can be disappointing, Yacthy does shine in a few tracks that are more akin to his past production style. She Ready, NBAyoungBoat, and 66 are a few songs that encapsulate old elements of Yachty’s style. The beats get away from the heavy trap style that plagues this album, and trades them for a more upbeat and fun atmosphere. The features also compliment the tracks well, and the parts contributed by Trippie Redd and PNB Rock really add some much needed depth to the choruses on this album as well. On NBAYoungBoat the swapping of bars between the two rappers was enjoyable, and the high energy between the two definitely could be felt throughout the song. Even the short and goofy love song felt more enjoyable and something on par with past Yachty projects.
While an artist can never be faulted for trying something new, the stylistic change on this album doesn’t feel very suited to Lil Yachty. The production on this album can definitely be expanded upon, and due to the similarity of the production in songs, the length of the album hinders the overall impact of this new sound. Preferably, it would have been nice to see Yachty expand on this new production style in more unique ways. In the end, while this album is supposed to be the successor to the Lil Boat series, it is vastly different than the original.
Overal Score: 3/10