Lil Yachty Opens Up About Writing ‘Act Up’ for City Girls

Lil Yachty at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards (Photo credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

Lil Yachty achieved a life long goal of co-writing for another writer. The Lil Boat emcee revealed he co-wrote a large portion of the popular City Girls single “Act Up,” during an interview with Kerwin Frost.

Explaining how the song came about, Yachty said, “One day I was in the studio with my best friend Earl and he played the beat and said ‘write something for City Girls’ and I was like ‘okay.’ And I just did,” he continued.

The How High 2 star shut down critics who questioned the role he played in the song’s creation. “[People] said ‘he might have said one thing in the studio and they credit him.’ I wrote the whole song, except J.T.’s last verse,” he said.

Opening up about the recording process, Yachty added, “I know them personally, and I know what women like to hear. What’s some like, raunchy s**t? I just started saying it, and before I went in the booth I said, ‘no homo, y’all’ because all my boys was in the room.”

The single resonated with fans and spawned the hilarious #ActUp challenge on social media.

Proud of his experience, he concluded, “I always wanted to write for somebody, and when I did, and it blew up, it felt so good.”

Check out his interview below.