Lil Yachty has the No. 5 album in the country with his debut Teenage Emotions, but the Atlanta rapper says he underperformed expectations.
In a statement to fans, the “Bring It Back” rapper addressed his sales and explained why he believed they weren’t as high as many projected.
“I understand first week numbers didn’t do what most people expected but that’s only because they don’t understand me,” he wrote. “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.”
With that goal in mind, Lil Boat said he is rolling up his sleeves and starting a new project. “I am back in the studio. Working on my next ep,” he added. “I know what you guys (my fans) liked about the project and didn’t like.. I’m putting that into consideration.”
Despite the sales figures, Lil Yachty said he’s excited about the album he’s created. “With this being my last few months of being a teenager I am just living with no regrets having fun and enjoying life,” he wrote. “And that’s what I did with this album. I’m glad I made it and I personally love it. Think it’s awesome.”
Teenage Emotions debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 46,000 equivalent album units. The project was outperformed by Bryson Tiller’s True to Self, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Drake’s More Life.
Up next, Lil Yachty is embarking on the “Teenage Tour,” which is set to run from Aug. 11 through Oct. 20. “It is now time to focus on my tour,” he wrote in his message to fans. “Which is going to be fucking lit. A fucking experience to the young youth ready to lose there minds!!!!!!!!”