Lil Boat

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Lil Boat
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Mixtape by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)
Recorded2015–2016
Genre
Length45:52
Label
Producer
Lil Yachty chronology
Lil Boat
(2016)
Summer Songs 2
(2016)
Singles from Lil Boat
  1. "One Night"
    Released: August 19, 2015
  2. "Minnesota"
    Released: March 9, 2016

Lil Boat is the debut commercial mixtape by American rapper Lil Yachty. It was released on March 9, 2016,[1][2] by Quality Control Music, Capitol Records and Motown. The mixtape's production was primarily provided by TheGoodPerry, along other record producers such as 1Mind, Earl, Digital Nas and Grandfero; as well as Yachty enlisted the guest appearances from Young Thug, Quavo and Byou, among others.

Background[edit]

Yachty first came to prominence in December 2015 when the SoundCloud version of his song "One Night" was used in a viral comedy video.[3] In February 2016, Yachty debuted as a model in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion line at Madison Square Garden.[4]

The cover was designed by Mihailo Andic, using stock images and some images obtained from Tumblr.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork4.8/10[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5[7]

In a positive review, Nick Henderson of Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that "Lil Boat is the kind of music that does not need to make a case for its own value, only judged on the intangible, absurdist metrics of its self-contained universe."[7] Sheldon Pearce from Pitchfork was more critical and found that the mixtape "makes a grating mess of varying influences."[6]

Complex ranked the mixtape at number 31 on its "Best Albums of 2016" list.[8] Critic Edwin Ortiz wrote that Lil Yachty "carved out his own lane with his debut mixtape" and praised the project for "showcasing his bubble-gum trap approach to hip-hop and his delightfully weird overall individuality."[8] Uproxx ranked the album at number 19 on its "Best Rap Albums of 2016", commenting that "Yachty uses Auto-Tune to polish and blur his sad, vindictive and romantic instincts, steering through choppy waters of adolescence with the same wide-eyed selfishness and wonder of any teenager in America."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Lil Boat[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro / Just Keep Swimming"TheGoodPerry4:12
2."Wanna Be Us" (featuring TheGoodPerry)
  • McCollum
  • Moise
  • Colby Crump
  • TheGoodPerry
  • Crump
2:52
3."Minnesota" (featuring Quavo, Skippa da Flippa and Young Thug)
Grandfero4:28
4."Not My Bro"
  • McCollum
  • Charles Singleton
Ducko McFli2:24
5."Interlude"
  • McCollum
  • Bobby Lowery
Sage1:20
6."Good Day" (featuring Skippa da Flippa)
  • McCollum
  • Purnell
  • Carlos Robinson
Big Los3:18
7."Up Next 2" (featuring Big Brutha Chubba and Byou)
Digital Nas2:58
8."Run / Running"
  • McCollum
  • Isaac Bynum
5:20
9."Never Switch Up"
  • McCollum
  • Lopez Alfredo
1Mind2:42
10."One Night"
  • McCollum
  • Moise
TheGoodPerry4:03
11."Out Late"
  • McCollum
  • Bynum
  • Bennet Pepple
Earl2:40
12."Fucked Over"
  • McCollum
  • Singleton
Ducko McFli2:55
13."I'm Sorry" (featuring TheGoodPerry)
  • McCollum
  • Moise
TheGoodPerry3:13
14."We Did It (Positivity Song)"
  • McCollum
  • Moise
TheGoodPerry3:27
Total length:45:52

Notes

  • [a] signifies an uncredited co-producer

Sample credits

  • "Intro / Just Keep Swimming" contains a sample of "Just Keep Swimming" from Finding Nemo.
  • "Not My Bro" contains a sample of "Killing You", performed by Broods.
  • "Good Day" contains a sample of "かけてあげる", performed by Daoko.
  • "Run / Running" contains a sample of "File Select" from Super Mario 64.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 106

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weinstein, Max (March 9, 2016). "Lil Yachty Releases Debut Mixtape 'Lil Boat' Featuring Young Thug and Quavo". XXL. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lil Yachty – Lil Boat Mixtape". DatPiff. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (November 30, 2016). "From Lil Yachty to DRAM, 2016's best hip-hop is all about black joy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rapper debuted 'The Life of Pablo' and Yeezy Season 3 fashion line at Madison Square Garden". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Here's the Story Behind Lil Yachty's Amazing Mixtape Cover – Green Label". Green Label. March 17, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Pearce, Sheldon (March 17, 2016). "Lil Yachty: Lil Boat". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Henderson, Nick. "Lil Yachty – Lil Boat". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Ortiz, Edwin. "50 Best Albums of 2016". Complex. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  9. ^ White, Caitlin. "The Best Rap Albums of 2016". Uproxx. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lil' Boat on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Lil Yachty Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.