In honor of his late mentor Nut, YFN Lucci unleashes his nine-track EP. Released on Tuesday (April 4), Long Live Nut is dedicated to the man who helped give the rising MC his start.
“Nut was my big homie, he meant the world to me,” says YFN. “None of my success would be possible without him. He introduced me to Fly, who signed me to his Think Its a Game label. I met Nut 5 years ago through a friend. He was big in the streets—he the type of man you needed to link with when you came to Atlanta.
“He heard my music and said, ‘I’m gonna make sure you get on.’ When he asked who my favorite rappers were,” he added, “I named Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Drake. He said, ‘You’re harder than all of them. I listen to only you and Boosie.’ He started taking me with him to the club every night. He would introduce me to everyone and get my music played. He was killed January 10th, 2015. It was right after I dropped my mixtape in mid-December. He got killed right before I had my first real show.”
YFN remembers Nut on the cover of his EP, too. Accompanied by Nut’s son, Lucci visits his big homie’s gravesite, leaving roses behind for his fallen leader.
The effort also features appearances from Rick Ross, Boosie Badazz, Lil Durk, Dreezy, Trae Pound, and PnB Rock, who guests on the single “Everyday We Lit.”
The Marc Diamond-directed video for the latter is a departure from the album’s somber inspiration. Surrounded by sunshine, palm trees, and gorgeous women on a yacht, Lucci and PnB explain why they stay lit every day.
“The last twelve months of my life has been just like the title of my song,” YFN told The FADER. “Literally, everyday has been lit. PnB and I shot the video in Miami. We was in the hood, we had a yacht, big ass mansion with beautiful women, and we even had a little island. I fuck with that boy PnB, he got the women and I got the streets so with the two of us, it had to be lit.”