AOTY 2019

Teenage Emotions

Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #678 / 725
User Score
Based on 271 ratings
2017 Ratings: #785
May 26, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Quality Control, Capitol, Motown / Label
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The Guardian
Like the cupcake frosting on which Yachty almost certainly lives, you couldn’t eat it exclusively, but the nerve-jangling, even psychedelic sweetness is a bold, new flavour in rap, one that shows the genre is more creatively varied than ever.
The album is an imperfect, sometimes strange record that can’t be graded on a traditional rap rubric. Instead, it feels like the beginning of a new genre altogether and, five years down the line, even the likes of Budden will probably call Yachty a pioneer.
Crack Magazine

Teenage Emotions is a bold and distinctive artistic statement, but the excessive 21-song tracklist is overwhelming.

Rolling Stone
Love him or hate him, he is probably going to change the world.
What results is an album that’s half fun, half struggle—loosening one minute then tightening up the next, but always dilly dallying.
Consequence of Sound

On his major label debut, Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty expands upon the sounds and styles that made his previous mixtapes such divisive earworms. If the listener is on board with the Yachty persona, it’s an extremely fun listen.

Pretty Much Amazing

Much of Teenage Emotions feels unnaturally serious, as if he has something to prove. Which he does.

Part of what makes Yachty so infectious is his positive attitude. That positivity seeps into his music and can make those who don’t even like him smile a bit. On this album though, those grins will almost surely be replaced with cringed-induced half-smiles due to some of the tracks that lie on this project.
The Line of Best Fit
This album proves that a great (or at least very good) Lil Yachty record is achievable, but that when it comes it will have as little rapping on it as possible.
Lil Yachty’s official debut proves he’s having fun making music that he likes despite the criticism he’s faced. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and actually manages to successfully put together an album with a decent theme and purpose.

Yachty’s loose rudder on Teenage Emotions causes him to lose his bearings as he only half-commits to “capturing all aspects of teenagers” while the other half boasts of a life unrelatable to most.


In the album's best moments, Teenage Emotions feels like a bit of a misnomer, but it's a little too apt at others, given Yachty's juvenilia throughout.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Lil Yachty’s biggest goof on Teenage Emotions is forgetting to have fun, as he rides the rollercoaster of making it into the mainstream.

A.V. Club
After all, the actual music is, at best, fine. Yachty can be grating, and he can be catchy, but—strictly musically speaking—neither mode merits the amount of debate he’s provoked.

Much of Teenage Emotions contains the gleefully slapdash spirit that characterized the preceding EPs and commercial mixtapes, but there are -- for better and worse -- signs that the rapper might evade binary characterization as a delightful reveler or one-dimensional prankster.

The Needle Drop

Lil Yachty's debut album is a horrific disappointment.

I really respect Lil Yachty. He brought his own style to hip hop and has, in barely over a year, changed the sound of the genre drastically, influencing countless others. He's 19 and has done more in the past year than lots of people will in a lifetime. I enjoyed his first mixtape plenty, and his second was okay, but wasn't anything special like the first was.
However, on his first full-length album, Lil Yachty released an hour and 10 minutes of all the worst parts of his music. Overdone ... read more
The hook on Forever Young makes me feel like i'm being molested

Edit: Pitchfork just named 'Forever Young' best new track.. what the actual fuck are they smoking over there
If this were my major-label debut LP, I would definitely kill myself.
(10/24/18 edit: I will probably write another review for this when I get around to it, but I like this album...)
This is an interesting project. I feel the sounds and ideas on this project are just off, I would compare it to 'Trout Mask Replica' as in the sound is unique yet doesn't exactly sound that good; but that would piss people off and I think what Captain Beefheart was doing was intentional. I also think they sounded fairly good and I respect that album as a piece of art. So, then this ... read more
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Track List

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  2. DN Freestyle
  3. Peek a Boo (feat. Migos)
  4. Dirty Mouth
  5. Harley
  6. All Around Me (feat. YG & Kamaiyah)
  7. Say My Name
  8. All You Had To Say
  9. Better (feat. Stefflon Don)
  10. Forever Young (feat. Diplo)
  11. Lady In Yellow
  12. Moments in Time
  13. Otha Shit
  14. X Men (feat. Evander Griiim)
  15. Bring It Back
  16. Running With a Ghost (feat. Grace)
  17. FYI (Know Now)
  18. Priorities
  19. No More
  20. Made of Glass
  21. Momma (feat. Sonyae Elise)
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