Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Lil Uzi Vert is one of this generation's most popular rappers due to his undeniable personal style. If you hear a Lil Uzi Vert song, you no doubt know that it is him due to his uniqueness. In his previous albums Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World, The Perfect LUV Tape, and Luv Is Rage 2, we heard a lot of versatility and influential style that gave us high expectations for a long awaited Eternal Atake. But, did Eternal Atake meet our high expectations?
As usual, Lil Uzi Vert kept his unique, rock and roll, and futuristic sound. He kept this sound so much that a lot of the songs sound fairly similar at first listen. The fact that a lot of the songs do sound fairly similar makes the album feel repetitive and hard to listen to from track 1-18 all at once. You may not be able to determine a difference between the last track and the one you are listening to. Being able to hear a sound and determine what artist it belongs to right away is very valuable when it comes to artist branding, but it is not always the best for the sound of a whole album. Uzi has definitely mastered his personal branding, but he did a lot better on his previous albums with being more versatile from song to song. Despite the negative, the sound of the whole album is extremely creative and rare for a hip-hop/rap album. The production includes Japanese ad-libs, alien/space-like noises, and more. On our Intersect 1-10 rating scale, the sound would get a 7/10 because although the sound is very unique, creative, and personal to Lil Uzi Vert, the album sounds repetitive when you listen to it from song to song.
Lil Uzi Vert has straight bars. I dare anyone to challenge that. His word play is phenomenal, his voice infliction is undeniable, and he has mastered both rapping fast and slow. There was never a song on this album where Uzi did not sound good on the beat. Each beat definitely matches his tone and words. Whether it is slow and relaxed like "Secure the Bag", or fast and smooth like "Silly Watch", Uzi rapped phenomenally. The best part about Uzi's words on this album were the lyrics that you definitely relate to and make you want to say "aye". For example, Uzi says, "She look good, but she in Fashion Nova." That is one of those lines that makes modern day rap listeners smile because there is literally a fashion nova plague on Instagram. Because of how relatable, fitting, and smooth Uzi's rapping is on this album, the rapping would get a 10/10 on our Intersect Rating Scale.
THE ART BEHIND THE ALBUM
Eternal Atake is a work of art. Lil Uzi Vert is very into the numbers "666" and devil worshipping. That is a big part of his rock and roll rapper brand. Because of this, Lil Uzi Vert picked three different alter-egos and made six songs per alter-ego. The first six songs are influenced by his "Baby Pluto" personality. The next six songs are influenced by his "Renji" personality. And, the final six songs, are influenced by his Uzi personality. When listening to the album you can hear the difference in sound and vibe with each different alter-ego. The thought process that was applied in order to separate the album in such a way is no doubt creative. Because of this unique division of the album, the art behind the album would get a 10/10 on our Intersect Rating Scale.
MY TOP TRACKS ON ALBUM
Secure the Bag & Homecoming
APPLE MUSIC's TOP TRACKS ON ALBUM
Baby Pluto, Lo Mein, Silly Watch, Pop, Homecoming
I would recommend listening to Lil Uzi Vert's "Eternal Atake", but not all at the same time. Listen to the album in three different parts. First listen to the first six songs, then the second six another time, and the final six another time. This way you will be able to truly listen past the similar sound that flows through the album and stuff will be less repetitive. The overall Intersect rating for "Eternal Atake" is a 9/10. Listen to the album below.