On His Latest Single, Lil Uzi Vert Samples... The Backstreet Boys?

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Lil Uzi Vert performs on stage as SoundCloud celebrates What's New, Now and Next in Music at The Good Room on December 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for SoundCloud)

Fans have been begging Lil Uzi Vert to release Eternal Atake, his highly mysterious upcoming album, for months on end.

We know the Philadelphia-bred rapper has been listening to artists like Deuce Deuce and Lil Tecca in the meantime, but it appears Uzi has been tapping into another source of *unlikely* inspiration: The Backstreet Boys.

You read that right. On his latest single, "That Way," Lil Uzi samples the popular refrain from The Backstreet Boys' 1999 hit "I Want It That Way." It's his first single of 2020 and follows the success of the glittering "Futsal Shuffle 2020" released a few months back, which sparked a viral dance craze.

Produced by Yung Lan, Felipe S and Supah Mario, Uzi croons, "I want it that way," over rising, back-to-back-to-back 808s. He also references a few of his adventures with women (even though he says he's celibate), as well as his impressive car collection, which has been sparking chatter on social media recently. According to Genius, Uzi shouts out his customized Bentley Bentayga and a Rolls-Royce Wraith that his manager, Mean, bought.

Adding to the buzz around Eternal Atake, Uzi hopped on Instagram Live recently and seemingly shouted "Eternal Atake! Two weeks!" as he whips his car to 94 MPH with Future's "Feed Me Dope" playing in the background.

Of course, it's far from the first time Uzi has teased the project.

In January, he posted cryptic photos of four women dressed in purple, referencing the infamous Heaven's Gate religious cult that sparked a mass suicide in 1997. And last week, he responded to a hungry fan on Twitter who asked him to drop before Rihanna.

As we continue to wait for updates on Eternal Atake, check out these hilarious reactions to "That Way" below.