On the eve of the release of his debut album Teenage Emotions>, Lil Yachty sat down for the requisite, extended interview with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe on Apple Music. In the 20-minute plus conversation, the pair touched on a number of different topics in regards to the new album. One of the more interesting tidbits is about why it took so long for the project to drop in the first place.
“My album was supposed to come out originally on Christmas last year,” he told Lowe. “I was on tour with Rae Sremmurd, so I was supposed to record with them, but I lost my voice for like two months. If I would have dropped it on Christmas it would have been nothing like it is now. It’s a completely different vibe, I didn’t even know I was going to make an album like this.”
Despite their past differences, which were made very public over social media last year, Yachty also went out of his way to credit Soulja Boy for teaching him how to cultivate a fervent audience. “I feel like Soulja Boy was one of the smartest when it came to connecting with your fans, and taking that to another level,” he said. “That’s how you get the real love. Someone will love you, but if they feel like they know you or they can relate to you, it’s a real genuine, solid love, even when you’re down. As opposed to, ‘Oh yeah, you got a hot song, man I like this song, this song’s dope.'”
You can watch Yachty’s entire interview with Zane Lowe in the video above.