Lil Uzi Vert goes to another planet on “Eternal Atake”

Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert's "Eternal Atake" brings in early 2000's nostalgia to his other-worldly plotline. 

“Eternal Atake” is a ride through Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s weird world of hip hop that has been evolving since he broke into the scene in 2015.

On “Eternal Atake,” Lil Uzi expands his hitmaking formula that brought fans songs like “XO Tour Llif3” and “Now I Do What I Want.” Jumping between bars and melodies, rapping over glossy, futuristic synths with mind-numbing drums, there’s an undeniable reason why his music is so popular: it’s fun.

Lil Uzi’s raps are blur of high fashion, counting money and breaking hearts mixed with cartoons and cereal. On “You Better Move,” a song held together by sounds from the Windows XP ‘Space Cadet 3D Pinball’ game and booming drums, Uzi raps about watching PBS’s early 2000s show, “Zoom,” before he had cable and playing his best Yu-Gi-Oh card in the midst of references to his cars, clothes and diamonds.

This comes natural to Uzi, who turned 25 in July. His effortless blending of early 2000s nostalgia with modern trap music themes creates a childish and joyous vibe that carries throughout the entire project. It is also the charisma exuded by Uzi that pushes his lyrics further, his raw confidence in everything he says can be felt on each track.

The production on “Eternal Atake” is not to be forgotten. From the aforementioned pinball sample to the incredibly hard Chief Keef produced “Chrome Heart Tags,” every sound on this project elevates Lil Uzi through any speaker.

Throughout the project, short interludes allude to Uzi coming in contact with something other-worldly. While the plotline is never fully revealed, the skits help flesh out the concepts of “Eternal Atake,” and more specifically Lil Uzi Vert, being not of this Earth.

The peak of production on this album comes about halfway through on the song “Prices.” Featuring a sample of Travis Scott’s 2016 “way back,” the haunting harmonization builds up to a countdown from Uzi before exploding into an early contender for beat of the year, as Lil Uzi hits his falsetto pocket of ‘I just went up in my price!’

“Eternal Atake” showcases Lil Uzi’s vocal versatility better than any project of his has before. According to HipHopNumbers, “Eternal Atake” finds Uzi switching flows 151 times and changes his vocal pitch 110 times. His ability to switch up flows and voices so effortlessly is reminiscent of rap legends like Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne, who have made this a staple in their music.

Despite the many voices and flows Lil Uzi vert employs on “Eternal Atake” making it sound like 10 different people are rapping, there is only one feature: Syd. Syd is the lead singer from Odd Future spinoff, The Internet, and provides a smoldering R&B verse on “Urgency.”

Uzi has hinted at more music coming, specifically a deluxe version of “Eternal Atake” full of features including Future and Young Thug. For now, “Eternal Atake” is the best look into the strange world of Lil Uzi Vert.

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