It's officially here, friends.
Lil Uzi Vert shocked the music world on Friday, March 6, as he emerged from the depths of space to deliver his highly anticipated second studio album, Eternal Atake.
While it was originally rumored that the project was going to come on Friday, March 13, Uzi couldn't contain his excitement and decided to pull the trigger a week early.
Jam-packed with 18 songs all over three minutes long, Uzi's energy on Eternal Atake is palpable. He's exploding out of a neon-colored soda bottle that's been shaken up and left to pop ever since 2017's Luv Is Rage 2.
On "Baby Pluto," the opening track that also doubles as the nickname of Uzi's alternate personality, he interpolates Future's signature flow and taps into a mutual stream of consciousness. "We bought the four-door, had to get ready for war," Uzi bellows, subtly blending the influence with his own style.
This nod is no mistake. Pluto, or in this case, "Adult Pluto," is Future's longtime nickname, so it's fitting that Uzi would want to pay homage. Uzi acknowledged the commonality earlier this week.
Shortly after on "POP," an early standout, Baby Pluto goes straight bonkers with his bars.
Over a twisting synth crafted by Working on Dying, a crew of producers hailing from Uzi's hometown of Philadelphia (they're responsible for 50% of the beats heard on Eternal Atake), Uzi unleashes a cadence that leaves us literally breathless. "Pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop / Let her ass pop, let her ass do the dash / I been runnin' out of gas," he spews, making even the most passive of listeners squint their face in disturbed amazement.
We quickly find out that no matter the song, Uzi is in his bag.
"Celebration Station" contains unrelenting, jubilant raps reminiscent of The Perfect LUV Tape. "P2" is a remix of Uzi's biggest record to date, "XO Tour Llif3," but somehow it still sounds fresh.
Also scattered along the way are several moments in which Uzi is pushing himself outside of his comfort zone and into a semi-obscure ether.
"You Better Move" is filled with laser blasts and the looping sound of an alarm one would hear during a nuclear war. "Homecoming" includes a screeching cat, tires burning out and the "cha-ching!" of a vintage cash register.
Another odd sound is that of Uzi possibly slandering his former twin and frequent collaborator, Playboi Carti. While Uzi has stated before that he's not on good terms with the Atlanta artist, he appears to take a quick swipe at him on "Silly Watch." Referencing the popular refrain, "In New York I Milly Rock," from Carti's breakout hit "Magnolia," Uzi spits, "I'm with my boys, and no, we do not Milly Rock."
As we arrive at "Urgency (feat. Syd)," the only song to embody a feature, Uzi pushes his croons higher than ever before with the help of an airy auto-tune effect. In contrast with the pitch he hits, Uzi reaches deep – if only for a moment – and shares a vulnerable glimpse of his shameless affection. "It's emergency / I hit you up just with that urgency / Know I need your love like you ain't never heard of me / And I know I was dead wrong," he sings.
Meanwhile, on the catchy "I'm Sorry," we hear Uzi's embarrassment after misleading a significant other and getting caught up in his feelings. "And I'm sorry if my words messed with your head, yeah / You think that you're better off dead, yeah / She caught me acting all sad, damn," he sings.
Shortly after the album's release, Uzi confirmed a fan theory that he was channeling three different characters across Eternal Atake, including "Baby Pluto," "Renji" and "Uzi." Each personality created their own six-song set, meant to highlight a certain attitudinal diversity. Renji, author of "I'm Sorry," may be a little bit more empathetic and self-conscious. Uzi, who's responsible for "Urgency (feat. Syd)," prefers to keep it all the way real with limited qualms. Baby Pluto is in his own world.
These six-song sets also play into the larger religious theme that blanketed the album’s rollout. Placed side by side, we see they form the number 666. For those who got tired of Uzi's teasing and shut off his commentary altogether in the weeks leading up to Eternal Atake, he frequently pointed toward cryptic imagery associated with the infamous Heaven’s Gate religious cult.
Now, as Uzi puts the finishing touches on the deluxe version, it's up to the listeners to determine the exact qualities of the characters at hand. Who's the most powerful? The most persuasive? What about the most talented?
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