Lil Yachty says that he received death threats following his Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. comments five years ago.
In 2016, the Quality Control star told Billboard that he could not name five records by Tupac or Biggie. His comment angered fans of the two rap legends, who felt that the young rapper was disrespectful. In a recent sit down with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, he opened up about how detrimental those past comments were.
“I never meant to disrespect,” Yachty explained. “I was just being honest. I didn’t have any media training, right? All I knew was to be an honest person.” He went on to add, “I didn’t say they were trash or nothing.”
I was like 19, 18, 19,” Yachty, discussing the backlash he received, explained to Lowe. “I had never in my life, I had never been hated like that. People hated me after that, like death threats, just a lot. You know what I’m saying? I think that’s what really started that hate for me. I, with so many people just automatically trying to dump me like he’s whack, he’s corny, or whatever the case may be, you know what I’m saying? But it taught me a lot. It built my character up and made me so strong.”
The “Michigan Boy Boat” believes that the past interview sparked much of the hate he still gets today.
Nevertheless, Yachty said that the backlash, particularly that from his own fans, built his character and made him detached emotionally from criticism.
“I made it through that. I made it through that, and I’m still successful. And I’m still here to this day. It’s five years later. I did it.”