After Lil Yachty's debut Teenage Emotions entered the Billboard 200 at No. 5 with 46,000 units, the Atlanta rapper took to Instagram on Monday (June 5) to share a personal message to his fans and shake off both the criticism and expectations.
"Message to all my fans. I just want to thank you for giving me your all. Supporting me and backing me up when I'm not around but am always in spirit," he began. "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."
Lil Boat -- whose previously released mixtapes Lil’ Boat and Summer Songs 2 charted in 2016 -- continued, "I understand first week numbers didn't do what most people expected but that's only because they don't understand me. 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."