Lil Yachty | Lincoln Hall | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. 2016

With his second mixtape, July’s Summer Songs 2, Atlanta rapper Miles McCollum (aka Lil Yachty), self-proclaimed “King of Teens,” helped rewrite the definition of “mixtape,” which until recently had denoted hip-hop full-lengths available for free download. Not only did Summer Songs 2 come out on a major label (Capitol and Motown), it was at first only streamable through Apple Music. Yachty has been ruffling other feathers along the way. He’s the latest lightning rod to create a divide between hip-hop fans—those who “don’t get him” are often victims of ridicule by his fans due to their older age. On Summer Songs 2, as with his previous work, Yachty purees rap styles that have been in vogue—the unpredictable flow of Keef, the molten melody of Young Thug, the out-of-step pop tunefulness of Makonnen—into tracks that are merely serviceable. But there’s something to just being OK, and by nudging rap’s odder strains towards the middle Yachty has built something resembling a gold mine. Occasionally he’s capable of producing gold too: the melancholic “Life Goes On” thrums with a quixotic sense of triumph.

Leor Galil

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