If you have been on TikTok lately, you have probably heard of a rapper named Yeat. Noah Olivier Smith, or Yeat, is a rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer.
Born on February 26, 2000, Yeat has gained popularity in such a short time. Born from a Romanian descent mom and a Mexican dad, Yeat has been making music since 2016.
Yeat's dad was also a musician; when he was, it was said that there were guitars and pianos all around the house. However, he didn't take a passion for playing instruments but later developed a love for making his own music.
As he grew up, Yeat started to gain some musical influence, which included some huge artists. Those artists were Young Thug and Future, but there was one more that Yeat's mother actually put him on. His most significant influence was T-Pain.
In an interview with Our Generation Music, Yeat said, "I feel like that's why I be singing and shit. I don't be singing, but I feel like that's where I got that inspiration from." "He's really the GOAT of Auto-Tune."
The Beginning Of His Music
Since the late 2016s and early 2017s, it was revealed that Yeat has been putting out music since those times. However, most of them consisted of singles and a few Eps.
He has attributed that his early drug use was the reason that helped him get into music. It was also the factor that made him think of his stage name. But then, he did LSD, which stimulated his mind to think differently, and he made up his name while he was high.
"I really think it helped open my mind and think about shit differently. It didn't make me rap, but it kind of gave me the idea, like, I could just do whatever I put my mind to."
"I'm not going to lie, it was really like some high shit," he said during an interview with Our Generation Music. "I just wanted to do something like one word, and just make it simple and kind of relatable. People hear my name, they feel like they already heard of me." For a while, he was known as Lil Yeat, but he eventually dropped the "Lil."
As Yeat progressed in his music career, he wanted to find something that was unique to him. That's why he started to make up his own language in his raps. He briefly explains its origins, saying, "It started when I was out in New York."
In his songs, you can hear many different words that no one can recognize, but they all have a meaning that Yeat has created. Some of these words are "Twizzy," "luh geeky," "SHMUNKIT," etc. Afterward, he explains how he took this after his dad said, "I think I got it from my dad because he be making up words for shit all the time," he said. "So I just do that."
Furthermore, he explained how he doesn't think his style fits into a class or box. Instead, it is all about adaptability, and that's why Young Thug and Future inspired him because of them experimenting with different sounds.
"I feel like my style isn't really set on one thing," he explains. "I be having mad different vibes, mad different styles. The way I even my voice on different songs, I feel like I got that from listening to a lot of Thug shit."
As stated earlier, a lot of people discovered Yeat through TikTok. A couple of his songs became huge on the platform and were the sound everyone used in their video. Another significant aspect of his music is the famous bell that can be heard in the instrumental.
His song "Sorry Bout That" and "Talk" were Yeat's two most used sounds. In addition, "Sorry Bout That" was his breakout song for him. The 2021 single was from his "4L" project and is currently his most viral song to date.
This is what he had to say about that single "spur-of-the-moment." "I really just be living my raps, and be talking about whatever I'm going through at the moment. All my music is like that. It's just about whatever is on my mind. I don't be writing or none of that."
Music director Cole Bennett became involved as his popularity grew and helped Yeat skyrocket his career by producing a music video for him. If you know anything about Lyrical Lemonade, then you know they always help out growing musicians.
Currently, with "Out thë way," "Poppin," and "Still Countin" on the Lyrical Lemonade channel, they all accumulate to 47.7 million views.
Cole Bennett spoke briefly about Yeat and said, "Yeat is the breakout artist of the year" back in 2022.
Yeat, in the past couple of years, has dropped seven albums since 2021, which was the start of his popularity. These albums include, "Aftërlyfe," "Lyfë," "2 Alivë (Gëëk Pack)", "2 Alivë", "Up 2 Më", "4L", and "Alivë."
He has also been meant with a lot of praise from the generational artist. These include Drake, the Weeknd, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Young Thug, and more.
Yeat continues to push out music as he just released his most recent album, "Aftërlyfe," on February 24, 2023. Be on the lookout for more of Yeat, as his label boss Zack Bia had this to say about him on Complex,
"Yeat is an all-around "visionary artist." "in terms of creating a whole lingo, having a very unique style of music, and building a whole world around it." "He's created something so unique that people can really buy into, so I don't want to take credit for any of it. It's all Yeat, and I'm just here to plug in the plays behind the scenes, and help facilitate all the relationships. I'm here to make sure the music is packaged right and handle all the things that a label executive should."