Lil Yachty Says He Was Bullied for His Hairstyle In School
Lil Yachty might be on top of the world right now when it comes to reaching major milestones in the music and entertainment world, but he had to go through a lot to get here. The “Peak A Boo” rapper sat down with Zane Lowe for an interview on Beats 1 Radio, where he spoke about the humble beginnings and moments of struggle that led him to where he is now.
While he talks about his upcoming Teenage Emotions album that’s due out tomorrow, the Sailing Team captain also dives into other topics surrounding his hairstyle, being bullied in school as well and what happened when he decided to drop out of college at the age of 18.
Towards the beginning of their conversation, Yachty speaks candidly about his unique appearance, confessing that he was bullied at school for his hair.
“If anybody would’ve went through what I went through at that school, you would instantly cut your hair off,” Yachty admits to Lowe in the interview.
The entertainer says he’s had his signature red hair since he was in 11th grade after his mom told him to cut his braids off to get his job at McDonald’s. After seeing that everyone at his job had braids and colored hair, his mom recommended that he dye his hair red, and it’s been that color ever since.
“I was on my way to work at McDonald’s. I had braids before. They were real long and they were black, but my mom made me cut them for the McDonald’s job. Then when I got the job, everybody had long braids and colored hair. So I was going to work one day and my mom said, ‘You should dye your hair red.’ And a light bulb went off in my head. I did it and then my hair grew back and I’ve had it since,” Yachty recalled of his signature hairstyle.
Lil Boat also details what was going through his mind when he decided he was going to drop out of college, leading him to pursue his now-successful music career.
“People used to always laugh at my hair and stuff like that. I just remember being in social studies, or world geography, and the teacher was talking. I was in the back and the lights was off and it just felt like, ‘Wom, wom, wom, wom.’ People were asleep, people were texting and I was just like, ‘This is doing nothing. What am I doing?’ I was dumb broke. I was so broke and I remember walking home and I called up my friend, and I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to be here.’ I went back to my room. I packed up everything I could take. I left my TV. I had a brand new like 40-inch flat-screen… I left,” Yachty recalls.
Throughout the interview, the “Broccoli” hitmaker also speaks on his first taste of success with his music, his unique sound and what we can expect from his debut album.
Watch the full interview with Lil Yachty and Zane Lowe below.
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