New York, NY – Quality Control’s latest signee Lil Yachty doesn’t consider himself to be a rapper.
He opts to label himself as an artist instead. “I’m just here,” Yachty continues. “I’m not a rock star. You would think I’m a rock star by my shows, but I don’t want [it] that way.”
The 19-year-old who says he’s made more money in the past four months than he’s ever made in his life, considers Chris Martin, Andre 3000, Lil B and Soulja Boy to be his biggest influences.
Towards the end of the interview (at the 23-minute mark) the crew put the pressure on Yachty to spit a mean freestyle despite his I’m-not-a-rapper protest. He spits a few bars and as the hosts hyped him up, he politely asks them not to do that all while laughing and not taking the freestyle seriously.
“I’m not a rapper,” he ends his freestyle with.
Peter Rosenberg and Ebro agree that when it comes to listening to Lil Yachty, they’re not looking for top-level lyricism a la Kendrick Lamar and Rakim. Sometimes you simply want good vibes.
“I’m not RZA,” Yachty says in agreement.