Andrés Cárdenas

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🎵 Listened to Let's Start Here. by Lil Yachty

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Let's Start Here.

Lil Yachty

2023 · neo-psych

I first became aware of Lil Yachty most recent album on r/LetsTalkMusic all I read into it was “rapper goes rock” and I wasn’t very interested, then Fantano’s review showed up in my feeds and I still didn’t bother to watch it really, it was until read J. Hubner’s blog post that I became interested. Here’s a snippet:

So when my 19-year old daughter texted me over the weekend and asked if I’d heard the new Lil Yachty album, my initial reaction was “Huh?” But instead, I replied “Well, I’ve heard of him.” So she proceeded to tell me to give it a listen as she thought I’d like it. Given that I’ve bestowed many musical recommendations to my kids over the last few years(with many even sticking) I figured I’d at least give it a cursory spin just to say I listened. What I found, to my surprise, was that Lil Yachty’s new album Let’s Start Here. is pretty great.

Complex Distractions.

To get it right out of the way: it uses a bit too much Auto-Tune for my liking, that’s my biggest complaint of the album and the one aspect that makes the second part of the record exhausting to get through.

A comment I’ve seen thrown around a couple of times is that the opening track “the BLACK seminole.” is the sequel to The Great Gig in the Sky and that is a perfect description. I also mentioned it’s the kind of song Waters wishes he’d come up with these days.

Lil Yachty has crafted a tremendous homage to the bands of yore with an amazing blend of Rock and Rap that appeals to music fans across 3 generations. With everything being niche nowadays that’s a win anywhere.

It comes as a (non) surprise that Mac DeMarco and MGMT’s Benjamin Goldwasser are part of a long list of collaborators for this project, particularly in “drive ME crazy!” where the pair brought in their psych pop baggage adding to the many flavours of Let’s Start Here.

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