Lil Yachty Says ‘Teenage Emotions’ Album Didn’t Sell as Well as Expected Because People Don’t Understand Him
Lil Yachty fans can finally breathe easy, as the Sailing Team captain has officially released his debut album for fans. Teenage Emotions dropped last week (May 26), and the first week sales are in, revealing them to be a bit lower than some may have expected.
While fans are happy to get a bunch of new music from Lil' Boat on the 21-track project, the rapper has responded to the low numbers. His album sold 46,000 total units and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard albums chart.
"Message to all my fans. I just want to thank you for giving me your all. Supporting me and backing me up when I'm not around but am always in spirit. I didn't make this 21 project for the old reviews and bloggers. I made it for real Lil yachty fans who have been dying for new music from me... that's why I put so many songs.. that's why it's mostly just me. Because it's from me to you. I understand first week numbers didn't do what most people expected but that's only because they don't understand me. They don't understand us. I don't expect anybody to. I make it for those who listen. I feel like my brand is so big and blew up so big, it blew up bigger than my actual music. Which isn't the worst situation it could be worse all I have to is make it to where my brand hype and music hype equal out.. I am back in the studio. Working on my next ep. I know what you guys (my fans) liked about the project and didn't like.. I'm putting that into consideration," Lil Yachty wrote.
"It is now time to focus on my tour. Teenage Tour. Which is going to be fucking lit. A fucking experience to the young youth ready to lose there minds!!!!!!!! With this being my last few months of being a teenager I am just living with no regrets having fun and enjoying life. And that's what I did with this album. I'm glad I made it and I personally love it. Think it's awesome. I need to see everybody at the local date on the teenage tour singing there heart out. I need to meet y'all at the meeting greets and I need to know y'all' favorite song and why. Videos coming soon. To my fans. I appreciate you for riding this journey with me. I love you guys always and forever. Fuck the outsiders.. do you. See you on tour," he concluded.
The young Atlanta native's previous mixtapes of last year, Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2, both made waves in the industry, but there were some high expectations going in for the rapper's debut this year.
A majority of Teenage Emotions sees Yachty going solo on the lengthy tracklist, but there were some features included on the project such as Migos, Diplo, YG, Grace and more.
We'll have to wait for more details around Yachty's upcoming EP, but read his full letter to fans below.
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