Lil Yachty entered the Billboard 200 recently, opening at No. 5 with 46,000 units sold of his debut set, Teenage Emotions. Despite what appears to be solid numbers, the ATL rapper says it underperformed.
Following the news, Yachty took to Instagram with a statement to his fans, addressing criticism and expectations.
“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.”
“I just want to thank you for giving me your all,” Yachty also wrote. “Supporting me and backing me up when I’m not around but am always in spirit. I didn’t make this 21 project for the old reviews and bloggers. I made it for real Lil yachty fans who have been dying for new music from me… that’s why I put so many songs.. that’s why it’s mostly just me. Because it’s from me to you.”
Yachty goes on to say, he’s not stopping and is already working on a new projects. “I am back in the studio. Working on my next ep,” he said. “I know what you guys (my fans) liked about the project and didn’t like.. I’m putting that into consideration.”
Teenage Emotions charted above Bryson Tiller’s True to Self, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN and Drake’s More Life.
While he’s back to work, Yachty is slated to hit the road for the “Teenage Tour,” which is set to run from Aug. 11 through Oct. 20.