Lil Yachty Explains Why He Believes Hip-Hop is In a ‘Terrible Place’

The Atlanta rapper says the current circumstances of the music business and its consumption plays a big role in his opinion.

Lil Yachty usually lets people know what he’s thinking even if it can ruffle some feathers, and perhaps that’s why he created his podcast A Safe Place.

As a part of Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians event in Brooklyn on Friday night (November 10), the Atlanta rapper explained why he believes hip-hop isn’t in its best state currently and provided his reasons why.

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“Hip-hop is in a terrible place. The state of hip-hop right now is a lot of imitation,” he said on the panel, which included Tierra Whack and journalist Delisa Shannon. “It’s a lot of quick, low-quality music being put out. It’s a lot less risk-taking, it’s a lot less originality… People are too safe now. Everyone is so safe. I rather take the risk than take the L.”

That said, Yachty lauded the talent of his co-panelist, who discussed her music video “Chanel Pit,” and J.I.D, who was mentioned. “J.I.D is such a beautiful person,” he added. “He has the spirit of, like, a real Atlanta Negro, and he’s such a good, kind person, and he just always embraced me with open arms. So, I got nothing but respect for J.I.D. I never heard a bad verse from J.I.D ever.”

Also during the discussion, the Let’s Start Here artist expressed his displeasure over being snubbed for a Grammy nomination, claiming he had one of the best albums of the year. “I just worked really hard from start to finish,” he said. “I just don’t know. I handled it way better than I thought I did. Like, I thought I was gonna be like throwing s**t around like mad as hell, but I didn’t care.”

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