After years of delays and label complications, Lil Uzi Vert shocked his fans with a surprise drop of “Eternal Atake” on March 6th. Uzi followed up the long-awaited “Eternal Atake” with a deluxe version just a week later. Dubbing the deluxe version “Eternal Atake (Deluxe) – LUV vs. The World 2,” the album is considered the sequel to Uzi’s 2016 tape “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World.” Despite teasing countless songs on Instagram live, none of those snippets were featured on “Eternal Atake” or the deluxe version. Uzi dropped a total of four singles, two of which ended up on the final project — “That Way” and “Futsal Shuffle.” Uzi showcases his signature melodic trap, designer references and ethereal production on “Eternal Atake (Deluxe) – LUV vs. the World 2.”
Unsurprisingly, this track embodies Uzi’s Baby Pluto persona, which is a side of Uzi that is more hard-hitting than his other personas, Orenji and Uzi, whose flows are more melodic or emo. Uzi starts “Eternal Atake” off with “Baby Pluto,” and the song kicks off with a robotic voice that says, “Welcome to Eternal Atake,” making the outer-space theme obvious from the jump. “Baby Pluto” is a high-energy track and Uzi effortlessly switches from singing to a fast-pace flow. The high energy on this track makes it a good way to start the album.
“Lo Mein” is the second song on “Eternal Atake,” and features Lil Uzi rapping effortlessly on the track in his typical confident style. Although Uzi raps about the same topics that are common in many rap songs, his use of imagery and metaphors make his lyrics special. He raps “Chopstick came with a large lo mein,” playing on the words chopper and stick — which is slang for an automatic rifle. In the post-chorus, Uzi enthusiastically raps “Up up uppity” which adds to the catchiness of the song. “Lo Mein” is produced by Bugz Ronin and Brandon Finessin of Working on Dying.
Chrome Heart Tags
It’s no secret that Chief Keef self-produces many of his records, however, this time around the Chicago-native lends some production to Lil Uzi for “Chrome Heart Tags.” The song has an eerie and suspenseful start but quickly evolves into a banger fully equipped with a chopped up choir singing “oohs” and “oooh yeah.” Keef’s masterfully creates a lush, gorgeous canvas for Uzi to be the rockstar he truly is.
Urgency (feat. Syd)
Uzi harmonizes over twangy space-age production on “Urgency” featuring Syd. Syd helps create a tender moment on the record by adding a hook that adds a layer of juxtaposition over Uzi’s scratchy vocal tone. If you wanted to hear a left-field feature from Syd, then this track is for you.
Lil Uzi Vert & 21 Savage – Yessirskii
It feels like we haven’t heard from 21 Savage for some time now. However, the Atlanta-native links up with Uzi for a stellar two-verse contribution to “Yessirskiii.” The song is rumored to be a part of 21’s “I Am > I Was” sessions, which explains why he dominates the record with two verses and a hook. Lil Uzi doesn’t shy away though, filling the song with enough quotables to last you the rest of this quarantine. Also, anything produced by Pi’erre Bourne is always a plus.