Hip Hop History: Lil Yachty Doesn’t Know What A Cello Is
Following the summer 2017 release of his debut album Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty sat down with Genius to break down the meaning of what seemed to be a very simple song: “Peek A Boo”. It turned out to be a lot more entertaining than I assume they expected it would.
It all started when Yachty hit the line “My new bitch yellow… She blow that dick like a cello” and Lil Boat accidentally admitted that he has absolutely no knowledge of musical instruments at all.
Lil Yachty pauses at that line to say “Before you come at me, I’ma let you know. I’ma blame my A&R. Because he listened to that song many times and he allowed me to say that. I guess for a second I thought a cello was a woodwind instrument and it is not. And nobody ever said shit. … Nobody ever pulled up a pic and said, “Hey man. I don’t know if you know what this is, but it ain’t that.” … I fucked up. I thought Squidward played the cello. He don’t. That’s a flute. I fucked up.”
Of course Twitter in general had an absolute heyday with this quote and SpongeBob stans were quick correct Lil Yachty and inform him that Squidward in fact plays a clarinet. It’s been almost a year and I’m still so confused at how no one stopped this and how anyone anywhere close to my age doesn’t know what instrument Squidward plays.
The whole thing, which has been dubbed as “cello-gate”, only revealed that Lil Yachty needs better management and the American Public School System needs better music education.