Eternal Atake By Lil Uzi Vert

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Kamrin Moore, Reporter

Lil Uzi Vert has finally dropped his highly anticipated album “Eternal Atake.” The album that made Uzi a mainstream artist was “Luv is Rage 2” with hits like “XO Tour Llif3,” “Neon Guts ft. Pharrell Williams,” and my personal favorite “The Way Life Goes ft. Oh Wonder.” 

“Luv is Rage 2” was the last album to drop from Uzi, back in 2016. This album date was also the beginning of my high school career and was the soundtrack for many other freshmen. There is a huge connection between this album and high school seniors, which we will get to later.

Lil Uzi’s first song “Money Longer” was the song that started his career. He then started dropping mixtapes and leaked songs to his upcoming mixtape “The Perfect Luv Tape,” which is only known by hardcore fans. 

Prior to his latest album there was a lot of drama behind the scenes. Lil Uzi started making hints about “Eternal Atake” on Twitter in mid-2018 tweeting, “Eternal Atake… Eternal means forever, Atake means 2 overtake.” 

Weeks later Uzi’s Instagram picture changed to Marshall Applewhite, leader of the infamous “Heaven’s Gate Cult.” The album cover at first was using Heaven’s Gate images, but he later was charged for copyright because he didn’t have permission to use the group’s trademarks, but the situation was handled by Uzi’s legal team.

In Sept. 2018, Uzi released a song called “New Patek.” Fans went crazy over the release of this single, but unfortunately fans were disappointed the song wasn’t going to be on the album which made fans feel as the album wasn’t complete. The song “New Patek” talks about a wrist full of watches and a popular anime show called “Naruto.”  

A couple of  months later, Uzi dropped “Sanguine Paradise¨ and “That’s A Rack.¨ 

 In Dec. 2018 Uzi stated at one of his shows “Alright, I’m finally done with that joint, I’ma drop that jawn.” Sadly, that was not the case.

 One reason for this delay was Uzi’s conflict with his record label Generation Now. 

Uzi stated in a song, alongside rapper Shabazz PBG,  “Tryna figure out how I’m gon get out my deal, I’m a bad boy, a reverend, I feel like I’m Ma$e.” 

At the start of 2019 Uzi announced he was done with music and officially retired, which was a sad day for fans that were awaiting the album. 

In March, though, rumors were spread that Uzi was signing with Jay-Z’s label “Roc Nation,” and just a couple of days later, Uzi dropped a song titled “Free Uzi.”

After “Sanguine Paradise¨ and “That’s A Rack.¨  were released fans were back on the roller coaster for the wait of “Eternal Atake.” 

Before the album dropped, Uzi released two new songs: “Futsal Shuffle,” which he created a dance for, and “That Way” inspired by the hit song “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys.

Fans were speculating  that “Eternal Atake¨ was dropping soon when on March 3, Uzi dropped a trailer of the theme of the album. 

Finally, on March 6, Uzi dropped the album. 

Fans were excited and had a lot to say about the 18-track album. 

“God made this album,” said seniors Isaiah Reid and junior Gage McCormick. “This is the best album of 2020.” 

“I feel like ‘Eternal Atake’ was worth the wait,” said junior Rodrick Peak. “Uzi came with a whole different intergalactic beat and vibe that I haven’t heard before. His music is finally taking over as it did in ‘Luv is Rage 2.’”

Lil Uzi does a great job of expressing his diverse music style. 

TM88, the producer of the album, did a great job, but Uzi’s lyrics and style and flow, which consists of rambling, tends to get annoying.

 Overall, Uzi had huge success with “Eternal Atake.” Every song on the album is on the Billboard Top 100.

Although there are many great songs on “Eternal Atake,” there’s one that hits a little different for graduating seniors in high school and in college: “P2.”

When you first hear this song. It brings back so many memories of 2016, which was freshman year for graduating seniors this year. 

“P2,” also known as part two from “XO Tour Llif3,” is a song that boosted and gave hope for Uzi’s career in 2016 and now in 2020 he finally ends the song while students are about to end their senior year. This song gives those specific fans a storybook ending now knowing that life is going to change and that it has been a long and tough ride to the top. 

For Uzi, this song lets fans connect and see the maturity in Uzi. Finally, he is at the top of the music game while also reflecting on his past. For seniors, the only question is: now that you’re at the top, what are you going to do with it?