Lil Yachty, born Miles Parks McCollum on August 23, 1997, is a rapper and songwriter who first came to national prominence in December 2015 when his song “One Night” went viral. It reached No. 30 on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and later went platinum. In the same year, Lil Yachty also appeared on Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which later took the Grammy award for Best Rap Album.
He has referred to his style of music as “bubblegum trap,” but his sound continued to evolve with follow-up releases. He also tallied hits as a collaborator, particularly on “iSpy” alongside Kyle and “Broccoli” with DRAM. His debut album Teenage Emotions featured artists like Migos, YG and Diplo, peaking in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart. Yachty returned the following March with Lil Boat 2, featuring artists like PnB Rock, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and Trippie Redd.
In March 2020, Lil Yachty released the lead single for Lil Boat 3, “Oprah’s Bank Account,” featuring DaBaby and Drake. The album was later released in May 2020, and hit No. 14 on the Billboard 200 list.
Aside from rap, Lil Yachty launched his own cryptocurrency, YachtyCoin, which sold out in 21 minutes after it was listed on Fyooz in December 2020. The rapper is also in the midst of developing his own nail polish brand and action movie based on the card game Uno.