Lil Yachty recently sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss his new album Let’s Start Here, as well as the success of his 2022 single “Poland” and his relationship with Drake.
Yachty admits he was “really irritated” when “Poland” leaked in October, as he intended for the instantly viral song—which he recorded while making Let’s Start Here—to be on his album.
“That was irritating,” he told Lowe. “I was pissed because I made ‘Poland’ while making this album on a day when they were mixing shit in the other room and I was just bored with the homies, and I would’ve never dropped ‘Poland,’ ever, because I was trying to pivot myself into this. So I was really irritated when it dropped, but I’m so grateful it did. And like I said, I really don’t know what I do next. I don’t know if I’m going to do this again or do more rap shit...I’ll figure it out.”
In the November conversation below, Yachty said he unintentionally played a part in the song leaking:
Elsewhere in the new Lowe interview, Lil Yachty shed more light on his collaborative friendship with Drake. After co-signing Yachty a number of times and appearing on his 2020 single and hilarious music video “Oprah’s Bank Account”, Drizzy enlisted Lil Boat for his and 21 Savage’s 2022 album Her Loss. The hit record included writing credits from Yachty on standout tracks such as “Jumbotron Shit Poppin,” “Pussy & Millions,” and “Privileged Rappers,” among others.
“I love him to death,” Yachty said of Drake. “Yeah, that’s my guy, man…our relationship has just grown. I had a conversation with him after and I was just telling him, ‘Man, this music that you made over this time period has affected so many people.’”
He continued, “I said, ‘Man, I remember there was a point in time when you were about to release music and everyone was like, man, I’m about to call my ex. Like, oh man, I’m finna cry.’ That was a time period. And that’s when people thought when Drake was finna drop, you thought like, oh man, I’m about to get back with my ex-girlfriend. You felt like emotions were about to be pulled out of you. I was like, ‘Man, we got to get back on that. You got to get back on that.’ At this point I feel so close to him. I feel like whatever he does, I did it. If he wins something, I feel like I just won. He’s really, really smart. No matter how much he’ll act like he’s oblivious to his career and the things that he’s done, he knows what certain things and certain moments in his career mean to people.”