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Lil Yachty shares long-teased ‘Strike (Holster)’

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Who knew Lil Yachty’s off-handed stock photo tweet of a holstered gun would be the precursor for a new single?

Strike (Holster),” which released on Friday (April 7), sees the Let’s Start Here rapper-turned-artist continue an undeniable run stemming from his viral hit “POLAND.” Reasserting his takeover in 2023, the Atlanta native is doubling down on new music at the height of his power — whether you’re a fan of him or not.

Shedding his strictly-rapper persona on his experimental 14-track LP in January, the 25-year-old artist’s long-awaited track was first teased by Cole Bennett on Instagram, setting the stage for the pair’s third Lyrical Lemonade visual together (“YAE ENERGY” and “POLAND”).

In the track, Boat’s now-signature underwater vocals float over an atmosperhic trap-infused bounce — ultimately melding his recent sonic shift with his roots in rap. The track was initially thought to be a part two of his viral hit “POLAND” with F1LTHY, however, Yachty’s strikes on his own terms. “Strike (Holdter)” also came packaged with LSH highlights in “drive ME crazy” and “the BLACK seminole,” offering a playlist to the new effort’s curation.

Let’s Start Here not only introduced Yachty’s undoubted creative evolution, but wowed longtime fans and critics with his left-field, psych-rock approach. Featuring contributions from Teezo Touchdown, Fousheé, Diana Gordon and more, the rapper-singer performed new songs off the record for the first time at Rolling Loud California and most recently on Saturday Night Live (April 1).

His 2021 single “Love Music” was the first indicator of his foray into a broader creative space. Boat’s trajectory, foreshadowed by his prolific Lil Boat album series, Michigan Boy Boat and production credits on his best friend Drake’s Her Loss and new single “Search & Rescue,” has lifted him to an entirely new level.

With “STRIKE (HOLSTER)” finally here, it’s clear that Lil Yachty looks to keep feeding fans all year long, despite the amount of energy he poured into Let’s Start Here.

Listen to “STRIKE (HOLSTER)” below!

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