Rapper Lil’ Uzi Vert is interesting in all aspects. From his unique sound in music, to his pseudo emo fashion and ever growing amount of facial piercings, he’s interesting.
Even those who don’t know who he is are fascinated by him whether they know it or not. We live in a world where not being able to put a face to his bizarre name is becoming harder and harder to do.
He’s all over the place. He’s on TV winning awards, on social media posting pictures, on Instagram to his 4.4 million followers and on the BillBoard Hot 100 dominating positions with his multiple platinum hits such as XO tour lif3.
Uzi’s new album “Luv is Rage 2” debuted at #1 only a few weeks ago on the 25th of Aug. As you should be able to tell from the albums name, it’s a sequel. Many credit Luv is Rage 1 as the thing that finally pushed uzi into the realm of fame.
Uzi had been bubbling in the underground scene for some time, it was just a matter of when he would finally blow up.
After Luv is Rage 1 uzi sought to cement his place in the music industry, which he did through a series of stellar mixtapes and stand alone single. The mixtapes after are when you begin to hear a change in his style. Each one building on his borrowed sound of melodic, mumbling sing rapping.
Through his earlier projects, he proved his ability to craft hits and propelled himself into the realm of stardom.
After having a catalog of phenomenal mixtapes under his belt came it time to craft a phenomenal, if not better album. What better idea for an album then to build on the project that first got you national notoriety?
And thus, the greatest disappointed in the past 5 years of rap music was created. Luv is Rage 2 feels more like a compilation of lackluster lyrics over mediocre production than a proper album.
I gave the project multiple listens to see if it would grow on me, but it never did; the songs were just too horrible. Songs like “Early 20 Rager” and “444+222” are the epitome of edgy trash.
He tries too hard to be dark and cool, while pushing the idea of death and satan in your face as if it were cool because it goes against the grain. Not everything that’s weird is groundbreaking and monumental.
His yearning to be different is counter actively making him more like everyone else. His music sounds more like a blend of Young Thug and the Gothboiclique collective than like his own.
The only songs on the album actually worth listening to are “Sauce It Up”, “No Sleep Leak”, and “Neon Guts”.
This is album isn’t worth listening to if you’re not a die hard fan, and it is definitely not worth buying. I’d call this effort a fail, it’s just horrible.