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Lil Yachty, Desiigner, G-Eazy and More Land on 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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Two members of the 2016 XXL Freshman class have secured spots on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Lil Yachty and Desiigner are among the artists featured in the music category of Forbes’ annual list. G-Eazy, Logic, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, Jeremih and Soulection co-founder Joe Lay have also been named to the 2017 edition.

When it came to finalizing the music aspect of the list, judges included singers Jason Derulo and Halsey in addition to Anthony Saleh, manager to Future and Nas. Now in its sixth year, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 showcases the movers and shakers across 600 industries.

Lil Yachty’s rise has been met with a lot of resistance from hip-hop veterans thanks to his style and attitude towards standard-bearers of the genre. Despite older heads’ negative response, Lil Boat found a surprising ally in Talib Kweli. The Black Star member said artists could learn from guys like Lil Yachty.

“Older artists, traditional artists, legacy artists have to learn from newer artists,” Kweli said. “Learn from the 21 Savages and Lil Yachtys and the Ugly Gods, I guess that I just heard about just now. People get confused by thinking you gotta like the music, you gotta relate to the music… Music is emotional so people respond to music emotionally, and if it’s not something they grew up on, or something that’s not speaking their language that they relate to, they’re automatically dismissive of it without understanding the movement. They dismiss the movement along with the music. And you can’t dismiss the movement, because you gotta respect an artist getting their shit out there. You gotta respect it.”

Whatever one may think of Lil Yachty’s music, there is no denying his movement. The self-proclaimed “king of the youth” has shown his reach by receiving recognition from Forbes.

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