" I didn't ask for respect (uh). All I care 'bout is my check (who)." - Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty, also known as "Lil Boat," is a bubblegum trap artist who isn't known for his lyrical prowess. In the wake of a recent quarrel with Joe "can't be happy every day" Budden, Yachty has also become an antagonist of sorts for those that revere older hip-hop artists. Taking it as a given that Yachty is just trying to have a good time and isn't concerned with dazzling wordplay, I decided to examine his recent album Teenage Emotions through a uniquely rigorous critical lens: "Catchy or Nah." Below, I go through each song in the album to see if they're catchy or nah.
· Like A Star: Nah. I don’t like the way he says “star.”
· DN Freestyle: Nah. Notable quote: “Just looked up in the mirror and I’m getting fat, fuck, it’s time to practice.”
· Peek A Boo: Catchy. Deeply silly chorus, but catchy. Good beat.
· Dirty Mouth: Nah. Notable quote: “I don’t care about respect. I all care about is my checks.”
· Harley: Nah, this is terrible. At least there’s a Stephen Colbert shoutout?
· All Around Me: Catchy. Reminds me of Fetty Wop.
· Say My Name: Nah. Feels like filler.
· All You Had To Say: Nah. A little mopey.
· Better: Catchy. Gives an insight into what Lil’ Yachty would be like as a motivational speaker.
· Forever Young: Nah. I sort of forgot what the song was about seconds after it ended.
· Lady In Yellow: Nah. What does “we zoning” mean?
· Moments in Time: Nah. Almost lulled me to sleep.
· Otha Shit: Nah. Just an interlude.
· X Men: Nah, but the pickup after in energy is appreciated.
· Bring It Back: Catchy, with a surprise saxophone appearance! Would be a good fit for the soundtrack for an unnecessary but probably inevitable reboot of The Breakfast Club.
· Running With A Ghost: Nah. The guest singer was pretty good, though.
· FYI (Know Now): Nah. The word “yah” appears a lot.
· Priorities: Kind of. The chorus feels like a parody of what parents worry about their kids listening to as they grow up.
· No More: Nah. The Singapore stuff is memorably weird.
· Made Of Glass: Nah. There’s plenty of other people out there, Lil’ Yachty. Don’t give up!
· Momma: Catchy. Strong opening and very heartfelt.
Given all of this, Teenage Emotions gets a “Nah” overall, but I actually liked parts of it more than I thought I would. Put out a shorter, less messy album with more songs like “Bring it Back” and I’d probably be interested.