Old heads don't like Lil Yachty. It makes sense—for the people that prize lyricism, or anything resembling the standards of golden age hip-hop, the red-headed “King of the Teens” flies in the face of traditionalism with glee. His verses are freeform constructions, aiming for melody over rhythm, and vibes over coherence. He has, in 2016, become the poster child for “mumble rap,” attracting critics and fans in droves. The thing about Yachty is, he doesn't need rap, he's working on something different and new. But, every now and then, he proves himself more than capable of dropping a good verse. These are five of the best of them.
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