Lil Yachty tends to steer clear of conflict and doesn’t have too many ops who come in the way of his music — but that doesn’t mean he’s passive either.
On Wednesday (June 28), the Atlanta rapper premiered the inaugural episode of A Safe Space, his new podcast with co-host MitchGoneMad. The theme for their debut was “The Art of Hate.”
During a discussion about diminishing relevance, Mitch brought up artists like Sean Paul and Shaggy falling off. In response, Yachty said: “Nobody ever said Sean Paul fell off. They just stopped making music. I don’t think they’re still dropping music.”
He then added: “By the way, fuck Sean Paul. I want to make that very clear, I don’t fuck with Sean Paul. Sean Paul once dissed me in a radio interview.”
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The insult in question is from a 2016 interview on The Breakfast Club in which Paul singled out the trap star while criticizing younger rappers. This occurred soon after Yachty came under fire for saying he “couldn’t name five songs” by 2Pac and Biggie.
“If it was really about talent in the Hip Hop industry, you wouldn’t have some of these younger cats talking that,” the dancehall star said. “The Lil Yachty dem. The boat boy. I mean, I don’t know much of the dude’s music either.
“I don’t like his comments. Those are artists I revere. I understand that probably kids don’t care about writing right now. I understand they don’t know where Hip Hop started …”
Yachty has since grown as an artist and also expanded his repertoire. Earlier this year, he endeavored into psychedelic rock on his album, Let’s Start Here.
He then dipped his toes into the media business when he interviewed Drake on the beaches of Turks & Caicos in February, which was dubbed “A Moody Conversation” in promotion of Yachty’s FutureMood sunglasses line.
Drawing rave reviews from fans for his conversation skills and ability to connect with Drizzy, he got the Toronto superstar to open up about an array of topics he wouldn’t have otherwise. Given the success of their on-camera conversation, it only makes sense that the 25-year-old has now launched his own podcast.