Yeat, whose real name is Noah Olivier Smith, is a rapper from Portland, Oregon, of Mexican and Romanian descent, most notably known for his singles Gët Busy, Fukit, Sorry Bout That, and Mad Bout That. He began to go viral online with a clip from the music video to Gët Busy where Yeat raps “this song already was turnt but here’s a bell” followed by a sample of a church bell, which can be heard throughout many of Yeats newer songs.
Yeat’s Gët Busy and its viral line went on to be referenced by rappers like Lil Yachty and Drake, who invited Yeat and frequent collaborator KanKan to the Certified Lover Boy release party in Houston, Texas. Gët Busy, along with many of Yeat’s other recent releases, was accompanied by a music video shot by Moshpit and Jack Rottier, two incredible videographers who’ve directed videos for Convolk, Sickboyrari, and many more.
But even before this, Yeat began to get some serious buzz with his Trëndi EP, which featured four songs—Mad Bout That, the follow up to his underground hit Sorry Bout That, Fukit, Insidë out (feat. SeptembersRich), and Tonka 2, the follow up to his single Tonka. Yeat released his latest full-length album Up 2 Më on September 10, 2021 and received positive acclaim from critics in the Hip Hop scene and out of it. “Yeat’s irreverence on Up 2 Më is intoxicating.” HipHopDX wrote. Chris Richards of The Washington Post commented that Yeat “visits nearly every corner of his lungs, throat, mouth, and sinuses” on the song Turban, and Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork gave the album a 6.7/10.
Yeat is an interesting artist and will surely be here for the long run—Rolling Store listed him as artist 296 on the 2020 Roll Stone Artist 500 list. We expect more videos and more music in 2022. With cosigns from artists like Lil Yachty and Drake, we’re hoping for some big collaborations on the horizon. Check out Yeat’s full discography on Spotify or wherever you listen to music.