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From Lil Boat to his crazy Bart Simpson chain - everything you need to know about 'King of the Teens' Lil Yachty.
He was born in 1997 and released his first EP in 2015 when he was 17 and his first album at 19. He’s known as the ‘King of the Teens’.
McCollum’s mother was in the army and his father is a photographer. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lil Yacthy’s father, Shannon McCollum, was a photographer in Atlanta and he and his son spent time with acts like OutKast, Goodie Mob and Lil Jon.
While Atlanta is a hotbed of hip-hop talent, Yachty moved to New York to get his break.
“A year ago on My friend Gianni Mora's Floor in New York... Now I Sleep In A Penthouse. #blessingscometrue never give up on any of your dreams”.
‘1 Night’ blew up after Caleon used it for a viral comedy video “When Bad Hits You With ‘So What Are We?’”
After moving to New York he got to know people involved with street fashion, which helped build his name.
Along with the obligatory Jesus piece he’s got a diamond Bart Simpson with braids.
Darnell Boat is described as an uncle to Lil Yachty, while Lil Boat is more confident and aggressive than Lil Yachty. Ok…
Lil Yachty called his music is “bubblegum trap” (although he hates the term now) and samples a lot of computer games and kids TV shows, including Mario Bros. and Rugrats.
Lil Yachty released his first commercial mixtape ‘Lil Boat’ on March 9, 2015. It features Young Thug and Quavo from Migos.
Lil Yachty collaborated on DRAM’s huge hit ‘Broccoli’, which hit number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has had almost 250 million views on YouTube now.
‘Teenage Emotions’ was his first studio album and came out on May 26, 2017. It featured some big names, including Migos and Diplo.
His red braids and outfits are designed to make him stand out as much as possible. He said: “You’ve got to be like a cartoon character.”
He was raised in the suburbs and doesn’t drink or smoke - he does love sweets though (especially cereal).
“I’m promoting positivity, I’m promoting happiness and loving yourself and having fun.”
He hasn’t been around long but his fans are crazy devoted to him - there are a lot of Yachty tattoos out there.
Lil Yachty already has a clothing collaboration with Nautica in the US.
Kanye West cast Lil Yachty to model his clothes for Yeezy Season 3.
He grew up listening to Coldplay obsessively and has posted links to artists like Billy Idol, along with other rappers, on Twitter.
He said he couldn't name more than five Biggie and Tupac songs and that the Notorious BIG was "overrated"!
Social media has played a big part in career. Follow Lil Yachty on Twitter @lilyachty, Instagram @lilyachty and Snapchat lilyachty.