Lil Uzi Vert has done it again.
Last year, Lil Uzi burst onto the scene with his debut project Luv Is Rage, which ended up going down as one of the best projects of 2015. Following up a critically acclaimed album is a tough job, but Lil Uzi handled that rather well.
The first bar highlighted the two biggest themes of LUV Vs The World, “I woke up in the morning, brush my teeth smack my bitch ass, damn, all I do is think about the cash.” Lil Uzi has his dream girl and he’s rich, and he makes that known throughout the entire album. Brittany Byrd, Lil Uzi’s pink haired girlfriend, is the girl sitting on top of his head on the album cover and is the inspiration behind the album.
When Uzi gets to talking about Brittany, something happens because the song is always fire. This best displayed on Team Rocket, my personal favorite track off the project. Team Rocket is dedicated to Team Rocket, the fictional couple from Pokémon that Uzi and Brittany resemble. On the song, Uzi uses the chorus to shun all the other girls and sing about his love for his girlfriend “Remember she ain’t want me now she all in my face/ like uh girl you too late/ Yuh, you ain’t got no taste Yuh/… Brittany be my bae, Yaaaaah.” , and uses his verses to show just how wealthy he has become, “I was just playing 2K, losing my money, 2k, but I got all of this cake, It do not matter to me.”
One place this album excelled was in its production. Uzi’s go-to producers Don Cannon and Maaly Raw, are all on this project, having a hand in almost every track. Uzi also collaborated with the biggest producer in the game today and the newly anointed most trusted man in music, Metro Boomin’. He produced Baby Are You Home and the best song on the album, You Was Right . You Was Right is another ode to Brittany. The song opens up with Uzi apologizing to her over the chorus, ” Ya alright, alright, alright, you was right, I was wrong, I should’ve never ever took her home, I should’ve just boned, Fantasy on my phone, *beat drops off*, hit it from the back, watch a nigga bless you”. Excellent work Metro, definitely the catchiest song on the album.
Lil Uzi showed us something different with Scott And Ramona, the final song on the album. The closeout track was one of the most different sounding songs, but that didn’t stop Uzi from ripping it. Uzi was on his full out singing shit as he sings about his girlfriend one more time here. The track was inspired by the two main characters, Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, of the comic and movie, Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Other standout tracks? Of course smash hit Money Longer produced by Maaly Raw and Don Cannon, Grab The Wheel, another song about Brittany( a personal favorite of mine) produced by Don Cannon and CuBeatz, and Hi Roller, which features one of the best choruses on the whole album. Finally, Uzi stumbled on another banger and future crowd favorite with P’s And Q’s. The Don Cannon produced track sees Uzi floating over another smooth and catchy chorus to go along with ad-lib filled verses over an well produced beat.
Lil Uzi’s debut last year was a smash, and he successfully avoided the Sophomore Slump with his latest, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World. Everything he displayed on Luv Is Rage, he show us here and then some. The real debate now is which project is going to go down as the better. I know I said this in my last review of Twenty88 , and if Views lives up to expectations I’ll probably be saying this again next week, but as of right now, Lil Uzi Vert Vs The World is the best drop of 2016. If Lil Uzi keeps dropping albums at this level, what he said on Big Racks might come true after all.