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Lil Yachty performs at the Rolling Loud music festival held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the National Orange Show Events Center, in San Bernardino, California.

Hip-hop has a way of constantly creating a plethora of personalities.

Among the most colorful of rappers today, former self-dubbed “King of the Youth,” Lil Yachty shows why his age does not matter when tackling the rap game head on.

Outlandish, descriptive and somewhat silly, Yachty's style is not one universally loved.

On his rise to fame, hip-hop has outright criticized Yatchy's egotistic nature, as well as his lazy and somewhat robotic tone in his songs.

Yachty argues that this style is the future, and it is his unique cadence and bright sounds that makes the Atlanta rapper a refreshing standout in a genre with a reoccurring filter.

With hit tracks such as “1Night” and “Minnesota” from his debut mixtape “Lil Boat,” Yachty continues to capitalize on his success, more recently signing with Quality Control Music alongside cultural connoisseurs Migos.

After a stellar 2017 with the success of songs such as “Ice Tray" and “Menace” as well as dropping a debut album in “Teenage Emotions,” Yachty turns up the heat right before summer in his latest album “Lil Boat 2.”

Now, the self-proclaimed “King of the Youth” has something to prove. A sequel to the chart-topping “Lil Boat,” “Lil Boat 2” forces the listener to accept Yachty on his terms as the leader of the new era in hip-hop.

A rap heavy album, Yachty pulls away with some of his best technical performances on record. It is obvious that not only has he cleaned up the nitty gritty details of his profession, but does it in a way where he does not lose sight of his vision.

Poised and mature, the "King of the Youth" delivers some of the best bars of his young career. Accompanied by refreshing yet hard hitting trap beats, the production is served best in the sun with a hint of lemon.

Mixing of both heavy and light sounds, the trap game hears a new voice in Yachty as he steps up to the plate with a whole new approach.

He is uncanny, yet strongly consistent in his delivery. He does triplet flow, freestyle and keeps his infamous candy-coated melodies at an all-time low.

Yachty trades in his bittersweet melodies for a bar-heavy and gravity defiant album that works as an underground vision of his Atlanta roots.

On tracks such as “BOOM!” and “OOPS," Yachty — alongside rappers Ugly God and 2 Chainz — sets the tone early on for the rest of the album. Deep 808’s and strong kicks guide the majority of the album’s character and this is where Yachty lays his foundation.

With the help of Ugly God, Lil Pump, 2 Chainz, Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Tee Grizzley, Quavo and Offset, Yachty still seems to outshine some of hip-hops best on “Lil Boat 2.”

On songs such as “Mickey” and “FWM,” the trap-infused production takes center stage as Yachty and crew continue to pump out more the culture. He is unapologetic, witty and most of all ruthless. Taking each beat head on, one can obviously see the progress Yachty has made as an effort for people to notice.

This album is a 3.5 out of 5. The fact that this is a sneakily good album is only more of a reason that it will be pushed aside and slept on from an audience not used to the grimier side of Yachty.

He surprises in his vocals as maturity seems to be a key player in his cultural process. Although apparently lazy in his songwriting, it is obvious to see Yachty’s personality has not outshone his rapping capability.

Rather than playing into the bright and sweet melodies that has made him a household name, a misdirection of this proportion only creates more noise for him.

Like him or not, he dares you to hate him. “Lil Boat 2” takes the listener through a cultural wavelength of Lil Yachty's process to immortality at only 20 years old.

Sailing away on his “Lil Boat,” Lil Yachty produces some major fire that even the water below cannot put out.

JONATHAN BARLAS is a Features and Sports reporter for The Vidette. He can be reached at jgbarla@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas.

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