Miles McCollum aka Lil Yachty sailed onto the scene earlier this year with his premiere mixtape Lil Boat , and has continued to build on his success this summer.
The young Atlanta artist has just dropped his second project titled Summer Songs 2 via Apple Music along — with a short film thatpresented by Fader.
The project had been hinted at by Yachty before on numerous occasions including on his social media platforms along with in an interview with The Breakfest Club. He wouldn’t go into to much detail other than the fact that the tape was coming extremely soon. And he was right, Summer Songs 2 dropped a week later, and will go down as his second project to be released in 2016.
The project is unorthodox like most of Yachty’s music and is filled with head-nod educing production. He proves he can rap on the track “For Hot 97” where he absolutely goes in on a classic beat. His rhymes come out fast and strong — and although he’s admitted to freestyles not being his thing — Lil Boat throws down flames in this fast paced song. The track was named because when asked to freestyle on a recent interview with Hot 97, Yachty’s skills came into questions.
He slows it down in tracks like “Why (Interlude)” and “Idk” but he keeps his signature autotune sound through out the release. Most of the songs touch on Yachty’s rise to fame, and how he deals with all the distractions that come with it.
Yachty has become a master of singing without really singing. His voice cuts through the beat and provides another element to the music. This is most clearly shown in the last song on the tape, “So Many People.”
Yachty didn’t just stop at making new music, he teamed up with Canadian photographer Petra Collins to create a short film called Keep Sailing. The video talks about his beginnings and rise to fame. It takes fans through a day in the life of the teenage artist and his crew — the Sailing Team. It’s a creative effort with silly skits and interviews from past co-workers, friends, and even his mama. Viwers also get a glimpse into how Yachty managed to rise from internet fame into mainstream recognition. Thanks to The Fader.
Trailer for ” Just Keep Sailing ” Screening In New York @ 9:30p ET Regal Union Square Stadium – 850 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 9:45 pm ATL – Department Store, 467 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta LA – 9pm PT film screening in Capitol Tower parking lot (LA) 1750 Vine St. Hollywood, CA & @ 10pm in LA @ Supreme Store, 439 N. Fairfax Ave, LA & Online On thefader.com Directed by @petrafcollins For @thefader
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“I always had dreams of, like, walking red carpets with flashing lights, and just being a superstar,” Lil Boat says in the film’s trailer. “I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be known. I wanted to be remembered.”
Yachty has proven that he isn’t going away anytime soon and with joint mixtapes in the works with iLoveMakonnen as well as Soulja Boy and Lil B, Lil Boat seems to be doing everything a young artist should be doing. His collaboration potential is endless, with his distinctive sound being the perfect addition for any hook, everyone should be excited for the future of Lil Yachty.