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Yeat Tells All

Yeat Tells All: Upcoming Collabs, Music Secrets and More

In a rare interview with Complex on November 7, Yeat unravels his secrets. Finally the rapper tells the world about himself, after moving in silence following his debut.

Yeat – via Complex

Born Noah Oliver Smith, Yeat is a 22-year-old rapper from Portland, Oregon. The adlib-spewing rap phenom gained recognition in mid-2021 after releasing his mixtape 4L and his debut studio album Up 2 Më. Even more, his tracks including “Gët Busy,” “Monëy,” So Big”, and “Sorry Bout That” became popular on TikTok.

Fans loved his experimental beats and mysterious persona. Instantly, people gravitated to it. In his interview with Complex, he says, “I think that’s a big part of it, keeping it mysterious made people more attracted to it. They want to know about it.” The rapper keeps a lot of his life and himself private, expressing that he doesn’t party, doesn’t like having a lot of friends, and likes “doing shit by myself.” Overall, this privacy just added to his traction.

Yeat’s Potëntial Collabs

Even while staying private, he’s managed to gain so much popularity, receiving co-signs from music artists like Drake and Lil Uzi Vert. Uzi describes Yeat as “…a walking X pill. He sounds like what’s going on outside right now.”

Yeat & Uzi
Yeat & Lil Uzi Vert

Uzi seems to be someone that Yeat really looks up to. In fact, when asked who was the “GOAT” Soundcloud rapper of all time, Yeat subsequently answers “I think Uzi did a lot… he might be one of the people who made it what it is.” When asked how many unreleased songs he has with Uzi, he answers “probably 200.” Evidently, it’s looking like a collaboration tape will be coming soon!

Yeat & Drake at CLB Release Party in Houston

As for Drake, he was one of the first people to support Yeat in his rise to stardom. Actually, in August of 2021, Drake supported Yeat on Instagram by quoting the viral “here’s a bell” lyric from his song “Gët Busy.” In the interview, Yeat quotes “we’re going to have some shit on the way. In the future. Not yet. I want to make it in-person with him. I don’t want to be sending shit.” That’s two collaborations we have to look forward to!

One Man Band

Not only does Yeat not like to be around many people, but he also embraces his alone time by recording his music himself. “I record myself in the house, in my own studio. I don’t like going to studios and having someone else record me. So I mix and engineer everything myself.” He basically lives in the studio-and it’s really paid off.

Moreover, doing everything by himself has his own perks. For example, he can make the music how he wants to. One thing that makes his music so personalized is how he layers his voice into the beats he raps over. He tells Complex, “Yeah, I be adding my voice to the beat. I do my ad-libs first, and sing on it or whatever. Then I rap on it.” In his song “Talk,” the high pitched melody in the center of the beat is Yeat’s own voice pitched up and looped over keys, according to Complex.

The young mystery pushes limits and is his own one-man band, according to BNYX-the Philadelphia producer who’s helped Yeat with his new EP Lyfë. Fans are excited to see what this Portland rapper has coming next. Although his nonchalant personality is hard to read, we can tell something good is coming.

His video interview is below:

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