Lil Yachty is a popular rapper, singer, and songwriter who was well known for his 2015 hit singles “One Night” and “Minnesota” which was part of his debut EP “Summer Songs”.
His real name is actually Miles Parks McCollum and he’s also had several pseudonyms such as “Nautica Boat Boy” and “King Boat”.
Currently, Lil Yachty has a joint venture record deal with the record labels “Quality Control Music”, “Capital Records”, and “Motown Records”.
He gained more popularity with the release of his mixtapes in 2016 called “Summer Songs 2” and “Lil Boat”. Yachty has also collaborated with several well-known rappers such as Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M., and many more.
Aside from rapping, he also has his own official website where he sells his own merchandise and shows updates on his personal life and upcoming performances.
He’s currently one of the most trending rappers in the world and has gained huge popularity with his style of rapping.
Celebrity Name: Lil Yachty
Real Name: Mile Parks McCollum
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birthday: August 23, 1997
Birthplace: Mableton, Georgia, United States
Age: 22 years old
Status: In a Relationship
Girlfriend: Megan Denise
Weight: 73 kg
Profession: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter,
Net Worth: $8 million
Miles Parks McCollum or more popularly known as Lil Yachty was born on the 23rd of August 1997 in Mableton, Georgia. While growing up, he was inspired by his father’s taste in an assortment of music which made him listen to genres that broke the norms.
He went to Pebblebrook Highschool while also working at McDonald’s to support himself. While still in school, it was reported that he routinely harassed, bullied, and teased which made his highschool life quite difficult.
Although, during that time, he was able to meet various aspiring rappers and producers in the music scene. Trying to earn a degree, he went to Alabama State University but eventually dropped out after just two months.
He then moved from Atlanta to New York to start his career and also built up his Instagram followers. While he was still slowly rising up, he was staying at a friend’s house who knew a multitude of online influencers.
Yachty’s father is Shannon McCollum, who is also a bit of a celebrity himself and is currently working as a professional photographer.
He also has a younger sister named Kodie Shane who’s currently working as a singer and was also part of Lil Yachty’s group “The Sailing Team”.
Although the rapper isn’t currently married, there have been rumors going on that he’s currently dating the Instagram model Megan Denise. In 2016, he also previously dated another Instagram model named India Love.
Career as a Rapper
The rapper rose to fame in 2015 when his song on Soundcloud called “One Night” was used in a viral comedy video.
His style in music was called “Bubblegum Trap” where he takes sample sounds from games and shows like “Super Mario”, “Rugrats”, “Cotton candy”, and also several Picar Films.
Yachty then released his debut mixtape in 2016 with the title “Lil Boat”. A few months later, he was able to make a joint-record contract with the record labels “Capitol Records”, “Motown Records”, and “Quality Control Music”
During the same year, the rapper D.R.A.M. collaborated with Yachty to create the song “Broccoli” which made it to 5th place in the “Billboard Hot 100”. He also released his next mixtape “Summer Songs 2” which managed to get in the “Billboard 200”.
Yachty was also featured in several songs like Kyle’s “iSpy” and Tee Grizzley’s “From D to A”. In 2017, his first studio album “Teenage Emotions” was released and it featured the lead single “Peek A Boo”. It helped the album reach the 5th place on the “US Billboard 200”.
By 2018, he then released his second studio album “Lil Boat 2” which reached the second spot on the “Billboard 200”.
Fashion and Endorsements
Aside from his rap career, Lil Yachty has also done some modeling and brand endorsements. Recently he was one of the models of Kanye West’s fashion line “Yeezy Season 3”.
He’s also made an appearance in a Sprite commercial alongside the NBA plate LeBron James and he became the new face of Urban Outfitter’s collection and Nautica.
Awards and Nominations
The rapper currently doesn’t have any awards on him yet but he has already been nominated for multiple awards.
His song with D.R.A.M. called “Broccoli” was nominated for the “Billboard Music Awards” for “Top Rap Song” and “Top Rap Collaboration”.
MTV Video Music Awards also nominated it for “Best Hip Hop Video” and “Best Collaboration”. And it also got nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”.
Total Net Worth
With the large success that Lil Yachty has gained during his career as a rapper, he’s been able to have a total net worth of over $8 million dollars.
Several Controversies and Scandals
Although Lil Yachty’s career is still currently growing, he’s been involved in several controversies throughout his career. In 2015, he and another person were arrested in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida due to credit card fraud.
The rapper was released with a bail bond of $11,000 and Lil Yachty stated that the charges were later expunged.
The cover in his 2017 debut album “Teenage Emotions” also gained a bit of controversy due to a gay couple on the picture were spotted to be kissing.
His latest album “Lil Boat 3” also gained a bit of attention when the rapper decided to wear a dress in the album’s mini-movie “Oprah’s Bank Account”.
A few people accused him of being sexist for wearing the dress and other people suggested that it meant Lil Yachty was actually a homosexual. The rapper later stated that it was just supposed to be for entertainment purposes without any deeper meaning to it.