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Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert
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Lil Uzi Vert in 2016
Background information
Symere Woods
Born (1994-07-31) July 31, 1994 (age 23)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Genres
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
2013-present
Labels
Website liluziofficial.com

Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, "Money Longer", and several mixtapes, including Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, and The Perfect Luv Tape. Lil Uzi Vert has also collaborated with Migos on "Bad and Boujee", which became Lil Uzi Vert's first US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single.[2] In August 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released his debut studio album Luv Is Rage 2, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.[3]

Music career

2014-16: Breakthrough mixtapes

Uzi Vert's rapping skills were noticed by Don Cannon, who heard one of Uzi's songs being played on the radio by DJ Diamond Kuts.[4][5] Uzi later signed a record deal with DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Leighton Morrison's record label Generation Now, and Atlantic Records.[6] Uzi gained attention after being featured on Carnage's single "WDYW" with ASAP Ferg and Rich The Kid in 2015.[7]

Uzi then released his third mixtape Luv Is Rage on December 18, 2015, with production from Don Cannon, FKi, Sonny Digital, TM88, DP Beats, Maaly Raw and more, and guest features from Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug. On April 15, 2016, Uzi released his fourth mixtape Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World with production from Don Cannon, Metro Boomin, WondaGurl, M-TRAX, Smatt Sertified and more, with the cover art designed by Fvrris.[8] He was named as one of the ten 2016 XXL Freshmen on June 13, 2016.[9] On July 31, 2016, Uzi released his fifth mixtape The Perfect Luv Tape on his 22nd birthday, featuring Future in the song "Seven Million."[10]

2017-present: Luv Is Rage 2

Uzi collaborated with the rap group Migos in October 2016 on the single "Bad and Boujee" which in January 2017 reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Uzi Vert's first number 1 single as a featured artist, and his highest charting single.[2] On March 24, 2017, Uzi released the song "XO TOUR Llif3" as a single, off of his EP Luv Is Rage 1.5. The single has since become Uzi's highest charting song as a lead artist, reaching a number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]

On August 25, 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released his heavily-delayed debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2, which included his hit single, "XO TOUR Llif3" as the lead single.[12] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with 135,000 album-equivalent units.[3]

Lil Uzi Vert was featured along with Kanye West on Travis Scott's song, "Watch", which was released on May 3, 2018.[13]

Musical style

Complex called Uzi "one of those names to pay attention to in 2016,"[14] and Spin wrote "the 22-year-old has solidified his spot as one to watch...[with] his signature rapid delivery."[15]Noisey called him "articularly charismatic", a "natural entertainer" who is "for better or for worse, yanking people into the future."[16]

Lil Uzi Vert's style of rap has been compared to rock,[17] as well as being labeled with the term emo rap.[1] He has also been described as a lo-fi rapper.[18]

Influences

Lil Uzi Vert calls Marilyn Manson "his greatest inspiration."[19] He is also a fan of the band Paramore, specifically citing frontwoman Hayley Williams as an influence.[20] In an interview with Complex, Lil Uzi Vert cited ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and the Ying Yang Twins as influences.[6]

Controversies

Feuds

In early 2018, Uzi had tweeted about how he was unhappy at DJ Drama's label, Generation Now. In response, fellow Rapper Rich The Kid had replied saying that had Uzi signed to his label, Rich Forever Music, he would have never had that problem. Uzi responded by saying "Boy I'm not signing for 20racks" ($20,000) Rich then replied that it would have been worth accepting the offer either way. Soon enough, things escalated with disses on Instagram and Twitter between the two.[21]

In March 2018, Rich the Kid released a diss track on Uzi, titled "Dead Friends", a play on words of Uzi's catchphrase in his hit single, "XO Tour Llif3"[22][23]

Discography

Studio albums

Commercial mixtapes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Billboard Music Awards Himself Top New Artist Nominated [24]
"Bad and Boujee" (with Migos) Top Rap Song Nominated
Top Rap Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated [25]
"XO Tour Llif3" Song of the Summer Won
2018 Grammy Awards Himself Best New Artist Nominated [26]
"Bad and Boujee" (with Migos) Best Rap Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Hip-Hop Song of the Year Nominated [27]
Himself Best New Hip-Hop Artist Nominated

References

  1. ^ a b Corrigan B. "Lil Uzi Vert-Luv Is Rage 2 Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Trust, Gary (9 January 2017). "Migos' 'Bad and Boujee,' Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tops Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (3 September 2017). "Lil Uzi Vert's 'Luv Is Rage 2' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ C.M., Emmanuel (27 March 2015). "The Break Presents: Lil Uzi Vert". XXL. 
  5. ^ Kramer, Kyle (2 March 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert Is Living in the Future of Rap". Vice. 
  6. ^ a b Diep, Eric (20 January 2016). "Next Wave: Meet Lil Uzi Vert, the Next Phenom in Rap". Complex. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ "Carnage, A$AP Ferg, Rich The Kid, And Lil Uzi Vert Turn Up On "WDYW"". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Lilah, Rose (15 April 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert - Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World". HotNewHipHop. 
  9. ^ Schwartz, Danny (13 June 2016). "XXL Freshman Class Of 2016 Revealed". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ Walker, Angus (31 July 2016). "Stream Lil Uzi Vert's "The Perfect Luv Tape," Featuring Future & More". HotNewHipHop. 
  11. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert XO TOUR Llif3 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Sturari, Lucca. "Album Review: LUV Is Rage 2". Underground Flux. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "Travis Scott, Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert drop new single 'Watch'". NME. 2018-05-04. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Diep, Eric (January 20, 2016). "An exclusive interview with rising rapper Lil Uzi Vert". 
  15. ^ Bradley, Megan (April 18, 2016). "Go south young man: How Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert won over Atlanta". Spin. 
  16. ^ Kramer, Kyle (March 2, 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert is living in the future of RnB". Noisey. 
  17. ^ Destefano, Mike (June 28, 2017). "Lil Uzi Vert's Rock-Star Style Is Shaking Up the Rap World". Complex UK. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Vanderhoof, Erin (April 19, 2018). "Can the Weeknd Recapture the Mystery?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018. 
  19. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (9 June 2017). "Artists to Watch In 2017: Lil Uzi Vert, Rap's Tradition-Bucking, Marilyn Manson-Loving Star". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Credits Hayley Williams As His Biggest Musical Inspiration". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert and DJ Drama Go Back and Forth on Twitter". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Rich the Kid Follows Up Lil Uzi Vert Feud With a Diss Song". Complex. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "Rich The Kid Previews Lil Uzi Vert Diss Track - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. April 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  25. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2017 MTV VMAs". Billboard. August 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  26. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  27. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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