Lil Yachty Told Us He Hates Open Water, Loves Gushers & Wishes He Could Teleport

5 minutes, 15 questions, 1 mind blown.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

There was so much to see when I first met Lil Yachty—from his head-to-toe nautical look, double-stacked diamond necklaces, and bejeweled fingers thumbing through a bag of Gushers—that it actually took a minute for my eyes to adjust.

Those Gushers were the dessert to his pizza entrée—fitting fuel for the 19-year-old rapper about to take the stage at SamsungForbes’ Stop At Nothing panel. If it wasn’t for his culinary proclivities, it would be easy to forget that Yachty is only two years into the game. He’s already a Forbes Under 30 inductee—credit to his “brand” more than his music (a self-proclamation, not this editor’s opinion). We cornered him, and had just five minutes to ask 15 questions (challenge accepted!). Here’s what we learned.

 

Q: What’s the last thing you screenshot?

Lil Yachty:Umm… let me check my phone. My tour flyer. I’m really lazy. I knew it was in my photos, but I had to scroll up, so I just screenshot it so it would be at the bottom.”

 

Q: Who were you most excited to meet at the Met Gala?

Yachty: “It’s between P Diddy, Pharrell, and Rih...I had met Rihanna…kind of. Yeah, I had met Rihanna.”

 

...What do you mean “kind of”?

Yachty: “I can’t remember. I think I did. Yeah, I did. I met her at Coachella.”

 

Q: What’s the weirdest thing on your rider?

Yachty:  “I’m really pretty normal. I’ve got Gushers, some snacks and juice.”

 

Q: Your ultimate meal?

Yachty: “Chicken nuggets, corn dogs, pepperoni pizza.”

 

...In the same meal?

Yachty: “Yeah. I have, many times.”

 

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Yachty: “Teleporting.”

 

Q: What was your eBay username?

Yachty: “Honestly, I used to do a lot of illegal things. So, I have a shit ton of eBays—like ten. I just think of the craziest names.”

 

Q: If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Yachty: “Honestly, I don’t know. I had a good time. I enjoyed high school.”

 

Q: Do you have a sailboat?

Yachty: “I hate water.”

 

Q: Now that you have a Yachty Simpson, what’s the next thing you’d make into jewelry?

Yachty: “I’ve got Yachty Christ on the way. I put my hair on Jesus. I gave him a gold grill.”

 

Q: How do you respond to criticism from other rappers?

Yachty: “I’m sometimes appalled by it, y’know? Especially when you know who the person is. You gotta just take it and push it to the side. Sometimes I feel appalled, like the nerve...”

 

Q: What would you say about the criticisms of your album cover, because I know some people..?

Yachty: “Pft, some… Honestly, I can’t… I don’t know or really give a fuck. Y’know?”

 

Q: How would you describe your brand in three words?

Yachty: “Positive. Big. Futuristic.”

 

Q: If a fork was made of gold, would it still be considered silverware?

Yachty: “Shit, that’s mind-blowing. That’s next-level. You really fucked me up with that one! I don’t know. I would have to sit and have a glass of tea (that I wouldn’t drink) and think about that one by the firestones. You got me there.”

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