Lil Yachty performs during 2024 Dreamville Music Festival
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Is Lil Yachty Ghostwriting Your Favorite Rapper's Bars? Here's the Truth

Drake was slammed for having Lil Yachty as a co-writer on his tracks – but Yachty has ghostwritten for several artists, and his pen is unmatched.


Apr. 23 2024, Published 6:20 p.m. ET

Few rappers are as versatile as Lil Yachty. The “Say Ya Grace” hitmaker is a successful rapper and performer.

His journey into the spotlight began with the release of his debut mixtape, Lil Boat, in 2015. Following the success of the project, Yachty quickly became a household name in the rap scene. His debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, was released in 2017, further exacerbating his star power.

It has come to light that Yachty may have written for fellow artists, crafting memorable verses and hooks for some of the biggest names in hip-hop. This revelation highlights Yachty's versatility and creative prowess, solidifying his position as a leader of modern hip-hop.

Here is the truth about Yachty’s writing credits, which include some of the biggest hits of recent years.

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) Lil Yachty performs at the Mojave Tent during the 2024 Coachella Valley.

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Lil Yachty is a ghostwriter for some of the biggest rappers in the game!

In 2019, Yachty revealed that he wrote “Act Up,” the breakout single from City Girls. In an interview with Kerwin Frost, Yachty explained that he was commissioned to write the track, which was included on the group’s debut studio album.

"[People] said, 'He might have said one thing in the studio and they credit him.' I wrote the whole song, except J.T.'s last verse," Yachty said. "I know them personally, and I know what women like to hear. What's some like, raunchy shit? I just started saying it, and before I went in the booth, I said, 'No homo, y'all,' because all my boys was in the room."

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Lil Yachty, Pierre 'Pee' Thomas, City Girls and Quavo attend Pierre 'Pee' Thomas Birthday Celebration.

The song was a huge success. It topped the Billboard Rhythmic chart while peaking at No. 26 on the Hot 100. Additionally, the single sold more than three million units and was certified 3x platinum – per RIAA.

Yachty has received some flak for writing the female-centered anthem, but he’s proud of his work. “That was an eight-figure check and it's still coming—I'm sorry. 7,” he wrote in response to a fan’s disparaging comments (per Complex).

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Did Lil Yachty write for Drake? Here's the truth!

Yachty famously co-wrote several tracks from Drake’s Her Loss album. Yachty openly discussed working with Drake on the massively successful album, but his level of involvement was not clear.

On April 15, a “Jumbotron S**t Poppin” reference track was leaked online, and fans began slamming Drake. Critics suggest that the leaked track sounds almost identical to the version released on Her Loss, leaving many to believe that Yachty is behind Drake’s success.

“When I first heard Drake's version, I said that this was a Yachty song, and look,” one person tweeted.

Another added: “This shouldn't be a surprise; the whole song sounds like Yachty. And Drake said Yachty damn near helped produce the whole album.”

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Drake and Lil Yachty attend 21 Savage's Freaknik22: The Sequel.

Rick Ross also got in on the fun. The Maybach Music founder took to Instagram on April 16 to instigate the drama surrounding Drake.

"Yacht put ya phone on silent lil bro," Rick wrote in a message shared to his Instagram Story (per HipHop DX). "#BBLDRIZZY calling again. Yacht AKA the pen."

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