Life is good for Miles Parks McCollum. If you haven’t heard that name before you’re not alone…but if you’re a fan of rap and haven’t heard of his stage name, Lil Yachty, then we have some problems.
An impressive career thus far that includes accolades, hit singles and great feature verses just added a North American tour to its résumé.
The Atlanta native is on a roll, and is doing it much differently than the other rappers that have paved the way for him. At first glance, Lil Yachty looks like every other rapper trying to come out of Atlanta, essentially a Young Thug clone that raps about making money, and the lifestyle that a successful rap career provides.
However, Lil Yachty describes his style of music as, “colorful, positive, trap music,” and its unlike anything we’ve heard before. Other than the fact that Yachty has burst on to the scene, and already appeared on tracks with household names like Young Thug, Quavo of Migos, and Chance the Rapper, his style is unique and he’s poised for a take over. It will all start with his North American tour, “The Boat Show,” which will begin in August, and here is why you need to be in attendance.
He’s A Member of the 2016 XXL Freshmen Class
If you’re a young rapper trying to get your name out there, gracing the cover of XXL during their Freshmen of the Year issue is the spot for you. He made the cover with fellow up and coming artists, Lil Dicky, Lil Uzi Vert and Desiigner, and is on his way to being a star.
Most of the rappers that make this list have struggled for a few years and are in their early or mid-20s before they catch enough traction to be on the cover. Lil Yachty is only 18 and has already made his mark on the industry.
The Red Hair
I can’t pull it off, you can’t pull it off, but Lil Yachty can pull it off and that’s all that matters. He’s been rocking the red dreads for over two years now, and doesn’t do it to attract attention or be cool, it’s just a hairstyle he liked and went with it.
Solid First Mixtape
Like any young rapper, their first mix tape is usually the most crucial. A career needs a foundation, and a concert needs a set list. Lil Yachty found both when he released Lil’ Boat earlier this year. Sold out shows will be a trend on this tour as fans will love the chance to see their new favorite rapper on his first tour performing classics from the tape such as “Out Late,” “Minnesota,” featuring a trio of his Atlanta predecessors and of course, “One Night,” the song that is most responsible for the atmospheric ascension that is Lil Yachty’s career so far.
Even Better Features
Lil Yachty is amassing a fan base, there is no doubt about that, but two artists took Lil Yachty to another level by putting them on one of their tracks. He appears on Chance the Rapper’s album, Coloring Book, on a song called “Mixtape,” and his last verse on the track fits the song perfectly. The last line of the verse tells all you need to know about where his confidence level as a rapper is right now, but I’ll let you take a listen yourself. He took the more mainstream approach when he jumped on a song called “Broccoli,” with D.R.A.M., the rapper best known for “Cha, Cha,” a hit song that was all over the radio in the summer of 2015. “Broccoli,” has the same smooth, summer feel, and if Lil Yachty drops his verse from this song while on tour the crowd will go crazy.
Outside of music, Lil Yachty loves everything fashion. He was honored to be a model for the latest extravagant fashion show from Kanye West. He debuted his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line and Lil Yachty, along with one of his mentors Young Thug were chosen to be some of the first people to rock the clothes in the public eye. His own merch is unique, to say the least, so that, paired with the numerous Yeezy outfits he’ll probably rock while on tour will be worth the price of admission alone.
About Those Ticket Prices
One of the hardest things for fans to get over is some of the ticket prices that have skyrocketed to see their favorite artists perform live. Artists like Beyoncé, Drake and Coldplay are household names, and know fans love seeing them perform live no matter the cost. Lil Yachty is a popular artist now, there is no doubting that, but he hasn’t reached the level where he can charge whatever he wants for his ticket prices. An inexpensive show for a rising star in the rap game is a no-brainer for me.
TicketNetwork has your back on this one! Get your Lil Yachty tickets now for The Boat Show tour right here at TicketNetwork. The voyage starts August 6th in Vancouver, British Columbia and it should be smooth sailing for Lil Yachty as the tour culminates in a performance at the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philly on September 4th.