Rapper Lil Yachty isn’t known for his lyricism in hip-hop, so when it comes to rap feuds, the rapper tries his best to avoid them. But when Yachty’s career began to take off, old tweets directed at some of rap’s stars surfaced, and Yachty has done his best to downplay them.
During a recent interview with radio station 106 KMEL, the Atlanta rapper, who has been called a hip-hop “oddball,” said none of the disses in his tweets were serious, and he was only “trolling.”
The 18-year-old rapper was asked about one particular tweet from 2011 which stated, “F--- JCOLE.” According to Yachty, who was around 14 or 15 years old at the time, he never thought the tweets would come back into the public.
“Back in the day, I was heavy on saying ‘F--- J. Cole.’ I don’t know why. His music is so lyrical — let me clear this up. These tweets keep surfacing,” the “1 Night” rapper said. “I deleted them but like, they’re still there. First of all, this is from 2011. I was in f---in’ 10th grade I think, or 9th grade.”
But if you think a beef between J. Cole and Lil Yachty is brewing, the rapper said no and gave props to J. Cole. “I f--- with J. Cole as a person. I don’t listen to J. Cole. But I have nothing against J. Cole. I was young, and I was just talking s---, trolling. I never thought I would be a rapper. I have no issues with J. Cole or his music.”
In an interview earlier this month with Nardwaur, Yachty echoed his comments about trolling artists on social media. “I said some of the wildest s--- about certain rappers... I was a kid. I liked to have fun. I didn’t care. I never thought I would blow up.”
Lil Yachty also revealed that trolling got him blocked by Miley Cyrus on Instagram. The rapper said he used to post vulgar comments on the singer’s page.
"Miley Cyrus blocked me on Instagram a long time ago," he said. "I don’t know, I was trolling her. I'm wild, I'm telling you when I was young, I was crazy in the head on social media. I was like one of her first comments, she posted a picture and maybe in half a second I commented... then she blocked me. I was trolling."
Lil Yachty's goofball persona should come as no surprise as the artist has previously said he doesn't even take his own genre seriosuly. During a Hot 97 interview, Yachty was asked if he took hip-hop serious, to which he replied, “I honestly don’t. I’m an artist. I’m not a rock star.”