Back flipping out onto the scene with a cute, but flaunting standing ovation; Lil Uzi Vert became a hero to most with his blockbuster single “XO TOUR Llif3”. An iconic tagline pushing the dead friends and careless motives made Uzi a quick star in the limelight of current hip-hop. With his 2017 full-length studio release Luv Is Rage 2, Uzi made years of work seem effortless in one of the best releases of energy stemming from a record in a long time.
“Two®” is the opening track to the circus of sounds coming from Uzi, a turn-up Mozart of the modern age. The booming production and the autotuned singing is one of the methods that propelled his sound into an audience of millions in such a short time. It was the Philadelphia attitude and the overlord status that takes over on Luv Is Rage 2, allowing Uzi to capture this pride behind his approaches. “I really really wanna let you know that I really don’t give a fuck what nobody say about me. ‘Cause you know I’m the one, yes I’m the one that really started all this” Uzi describes through this tainted, almost fogged instrumental. He is in full control however as the next jump into the raging beast of “444+222”.
“Breathe in, breathe in, breathe out, shake that ass, speed up, go fast, slow down, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, Million on me Jay-Z, Count off, fuck nigga, pay me!” is the sudden workings of the 808 bass that powers the animal of devilish intent. “444+222” is the first track on Luv Is Rage 2 that abandons the relaxed method and latches onto the intense and sudden punches. Uzi brags “Rockstar, that’s of course, white girl like Lorde. She don’t really get too impressed Honda Accord, long as she get her beauty rest then I’m aboard.”
Suddenly, Uzi then jumps into the waters of “Sauce It Up”, an important athletic display of his lyrical cleverness and the methodology behind his work. With the iconic instrumental with enough swing to get a church choir dancing, the production from DJ Don Cannon adds an immense weightlessness to the record. “Cash shower, make it rain no game, Atari. Ride me like a Harley, only boy in the party. I was on the phone, yeah with Playboi Carti, Comme des Garçons, Hearts all on my cardi” is one of the memorable lines that stems from the witty, driving anthem of indulgence.
With a solid mix of both fast dance heavy tracks and the more melodic, heartfelt Uzi; there is enough to take away from Luv Is Rage 2 as it makes Uzi standout as a monolith in rap. Whether this style is hated or loved personally, there is astounding amount of effort that goes into Lil Uzi Vert’s sound and the production is just as crisp today as it will be in ten years. Not only is the product an interesting and engaged look at Philadelphia’s risen star, but it is fun as hell too.