MUSIC REVIEW: Lil Uzi Vert drops two versions of Eternal Atake, and both are amazing

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Lil Uzi Vert's latest album, Eternal Atake, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Eternal Atake has finally arrived! Lil Uzi Vert’s long awaited studio album is available to fans on all platforms and has received fantastic judgement from many so far.

Fans have been waiting for around two years for the project, and after record label drama and other shenanigans, the wait is officially over.

The album is nothing short of amazing. The work Uzi gives to fans simply proves that he is on the journey to be one of the greatest artists of his genre ever.

The album is supported by two bonus tracks that were released prior to the album’s official release. While “Futsal Shuffle 2020” and “That Way” are both different in style, they both pack a punch in delivering catchy songs. “Futsal Shuffle 2020” has an electric dance type beat, which is accompanied by a dance routine, recreated by many others across different social media platforms. “That Way” features Uzi inserting the hook of the famous Backstreet Boys song “I Want It That Way.” With this track, Uzi displays his diversity in music, ranging from straight rap to melodic singing.

Apart from the two bonus tracks, 16 other songs occupy the release. Pretty much every song makes its case for a magnificent touch to the album’s success, so it is difficult to pinpoint a single outstanding song.

“Baby Pluto,” the first song on the album and Uzi’s self-appointed nickname, contains alternating sections wherein some sections are a slower style, which build up to other fast paced verses. Former Uzi friend and collaborator Playboi Carti’s highly begged for project Whole Lotta Red is mentioned, and many have speculated whether it’s a diss or a call to regain friendship: “Yeah, whole lot of, whole lot of red rubies on my neck.”

“P2” is one of the most memorable songs on the album as it is a follow-up to Lil Uzi’s 2017 hit song “XO TOUR Llif3.” The sequel features a similar beat, flow, and hook to the precursor, which enables fans to feel a bit nostalgic for times where Uzi was continually dropping music. Now that he is back, they may feel similar emotions.

Another phenomenal feature of the project is the dazzling transitions between songs wherein the end of one song transitions perfectly into the beginning of the next song in the album. This occurs from “Lo Mein” to “Silly Watch,” “POP” to “You Better Move,” and “Bust Me” to “Prices” and to “Urgency.” Roddy Ricch, Pierre Bourne, and Metro Boomin are also common utilizers of this effective aspect of music projects. This also makes the music sound much better if one were to listen to the album in order rather than on shuffle. Many people who thought the album was “bland” or “storyless” listened on shuffle, which explains their opinions.

Eternal Atake’s different songs also contain samples from other musical works that spice up everything about the tracks. Uzi uses a Space Cadet sound effect from Matt Ridgeway on “You Better Move.” Ariana Grande’s “raindrops (an angel cried)” is used in the background of “Celebration Station.” Other samples exist; however, the most notable and popular one is Travis Scott’s “way back” on “Prices,” which has made the song one of the hottest songs on the new project.

Uzi has clearly blessed the hip-hop world with Eternal Atake. With such a release, fans shouldn’t expect another album very soon. Pause. Only a week after the initial release, Uzi  released the deluxe version of the project. Titled Eternal Atake (Deluxe)- LUV vs. The World 2. Once again, Uzi proves he isn’t the normal artist as he dropped another full length album within a week of the initial release.

The deluxe version introduces 14 new tracks, and the title serves as the sequel to his Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World. Unlike the first half of Eternal Atake, the deluxe is filled with feature artists, ranging from NAV, 21 Savage, and Young Thug.

“Myron” and “Bean (Kobe)” featuring Chief Keef were the two most anticipated songs on the initial release. Fans were disappointed to find that those two songs were not on the original album until Lil Uzi tweeted that they would be on the deluxe release. Both songs deserve the hype as they both display Uzi’s amazing skill set as a rapper, all while honoring the late Kobe Bryant on the latter track. 

Other common collaborators show out on the deluxe. Young Thug appears on two tracks, “Strawberry Peels,” along with Gunna, and “Got The Guap.” The first track packs a quick punch in under two minutes with each of the three artists quickly delivering powerful verses. 

21 Savage and NAV play their part unbelievably well on “Yessirskiii” and “Leaders,”  repectively. 21 wasn’t on the track list as he doesn’t appear as a feature but as the artist alongside Uzi. His appearance surprised fans the morning of the release. His hook and verse complement Uzi’s verse, making the track one of the best on the entire project. 

NAV and Uzi linking up on “Leaders” reminds fans of their collaborations of the past and what has been missed over the past year. NAV’s album was supposed to include Uzi; however, problems with his label kept that track from releasing. The current release is another amazing song that is highlighted by NAV’s unreal melodies in the chorus and his verse. 

It would be reasonable to say that after a 32 song release, another project shouldn’t be expected to release anytime soon. Last time fans thought this, one of the greatest artists of the era proved everyone wrong with the deluxe release. 

Overall, the album, initial and deluxe, were worth the wait as features, unique styles, and simply Uzi made every song its own diverse “hit.” The album has everything fans will want, which is why it has a very good chance of being the album of the year. With each listen, the songs seem to continue to improve. So, fans that don’t care for a track on the first listen, should hit replay and try it again. Lil Uzi Vert has done it again.

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