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Lil’ Yachty Reflects On His 2Pac & Biggie “Diss” Controversy

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 28: Rapper Lil Yachty attends Lakeyah Birthday celebration at Little Alley Steak on February 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

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ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 28: Rapper Lil Yachty attends Lakeyah Birthday celebration at Little Alley Steak on February 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Lil Yachty Says He Listened To 2Pac & Biggie After 2016 Controversy For “30 Seconds”.

The music industry is known to revere its arts who break ground and pave the way for future artists. However, in the rap world traditions are made to be broken due to hip hop’s roots being an art-form where youth rebelled against the traditional industry taking what was old and making it new with samples of classic soul and r & b hits.

The rappers have also been known to be disrespectful in songs at times due to the nature of hip hop beefs that main aim is to win a war of words at sometimes any cost. Lil Yachthy’s comments in 2016 caused a stir when he admitted in an interview with Billboard that he “honestly couldn’t name five songs” by Tupac or The Notorious B.I.G.

He didn’t help his cause when just mere months later he called the Hip Hop legends “overrated” while on Pitchfork.

In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lower, had addressed the controversy again by admitting he never meant to offend anyone with his comments.

“I never meant to disrespect,” he said. “I was just being honest. I didn’t have no media training, right? All I knew was to be an honest person. So someone asked me about whether it’s a Hip Hop lesson guide.

“My cousin would be honest. I’m going to tell the truth. I’m not like Biggie, Tupac, you’re going to say this every time, I didn’t listen to them but I didn’t say they were trash,” in his explanation.

He also admitted he didn’t mean to upset anyone with his comments.

For many hip-hop enthusiasts, any sign of disrespect to pioneers in the genre is not taken lightly. Young Thug and Lil Yachty are examples of two emcees who had to learn this the hard way. Yachty was met with a healthy amount of backlash back in 2016 when he admitted in an interview with Billboard that he “honestly couldn’t name five songs” by 2Pac or The Notorious B.I.G.

A few months later, he followed up those comments by calling the Hip Hop legends “overrated” while on Pitchfork. In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lower, he opened up about the situation, admitting he never meant to offend anyone with his comments.

“I never meant to disrespect,” he said. “I was just being honest. I didn’t have no media training, right? All I knew was to be an honest person. So someone asked me about whether it’s a Hip Hop lesson guide.

“My cousin would be honest. I’m going to tell the truth. I’m not like Biggie, Tupac, you’re going to say this every time, I didn’t listen to them but I didn’t say they were trash,” he reasoned.

In a new interview with HipHopDX, however, it seems like Yachty never really took the situation that seriously. When asked about if he revised Biggie and Pac’s catalog after the backlash, he answered, “I wouldn’t say study up, but I definitely went back and listened for about … 30 seconds. I’m good. If you’re good at what you’re doing then … art is art. Do you need to study Picasso to learn how to paint? No. If you care then yes, but if not, who cares?”

He once again reiterated that he is being honest with his thoughts. “I’m sorry but I refuse to lie. If I don’t listen to biggie or think he is as big as everybody else why is that a problem lol who cares bro,” wrote the rapper. “I speak my mind. I might be the only new age artist speaking his mind.”