Lil Yachty's debut album Teenage Emotions was not a hit.
The project did 43K sales plus streaming in its first week, with only 18K of those being traditional album sales.
That's in contrast to the 116K Bryson Tiller's True To Self debuted with this week, and also trails older albums from Drake (More Life) and Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.) and a Beatles reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Lil Yachty addressed the disappointing numbers in an IG post this afternoon, arguing Teenage Emotions didn't do what it was supposed to do because most people don't understand him.
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. 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. 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. 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 am back in the studio. Working on my next ep. I know what you guys (my fans) liked about the project and didn't like.. I'm putting that into consideration. It is now time to focus on my tour. Teenage Tour. Which is going to be fucking lit. A fucking experience to the young youth ready to lose there minds!!!!!!!! With this being my last few months of being a teenager I am just living with no regrets having fun and enjoying life. And that's what I did with this album. I'm glad I made it and I personally love it. Think it's awesome. I need to see everybody at the local date on the teenage tour singing there heart out. I need to meet y'all at the meeting greets and I need to know y'all' favorite song and why. Videos coming soon. To my fans. I appreciate you for riding this journey with me. I love you guys always and forever. Fuck the outsiders.. do you. See you on tour. ⛵️
What do you think of Yachty's words?