Cobb rapper Lil Yachty surprises Georgia State journalism class
Credit: Chris Daniel, GSU professor
Cobb's Lil Yachty (second from the left) poses with his father, photojournalist Shannon McCollum (far left), Georgia State University professor Christopher Daniel (center) and music journalists Branden Peters and Maurice Garland (far right). The rapper surprised a GSU music journalism class on Oct. 9, 2017.
Daniel has known Yachty’s father, Shannon McCollum, for a decade through the industry; Daniel as a music writer and McCollum as a photographer.
The older McCollum posted about the experience on Instagram: "The professor at #gsuhad been hitting my inbox and whenever he saw me out he would say it would be so awesome if you and @lilyachty could speak with my students. The time finally presented itself. Miles was off tour and to be honest he needed to relax but he was open to speaking. It meant a lot to the students cuz no one knew."
Along with Yachty and his father, Daniel had local music journalists Branden Peters and Maurice Garland in the class. He said the room of aspiring music writers took as many pictures with the supernova rapper as they did with Peters and Garland.
Daniel said Yachty spoke with the students about a variety of topics: his travels, his relationships with stars like Kanye West and Erykah Badu, an upcoming film, a Reebok deal.
“He’s very real, he’s not trying to be too hard, he’s not over the top … he knows where he fits, he’s not afraid to be melodic or emotional on a record,” Daniel said.
A sappy, proud father took a second in his Instagram post to reflect on the experience: "I for the first time got to sit back and watch my son be a mature funny smart well spoken young man. Awesome honor for me as a Dad. I was low key beaming on the inside."
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