Eternal Atake: Is it worth the hype?

Ben Burton, Writer

Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert released his fifth studio album Eternal Atake this Friday, March 6th. This new album has been a long awaited release for Uzi’s fans, he first began teasing the LP in July 2018, then later saying it was finished in December 2018. Fans were itching for this album after his last album LUV Is Rage 2, a sequel to his 2015 release of LUV Is Rage

 

On July 31, 2018, Uzi released the supposed cover art for Eternal Atake, which clearly was a nod to the peculiar cult “Heaven’s Gate.” This did not go over too well with the cult, who soon after threatened a lawsuit against Lil Uzi Vert. Uzi went off the grid for quite a while, rarely posting on social media. 

 

Fans began to feel uneasy for the rapper when he posted on his Instagram Story in April 2019 saying “I wanna take the time out to thank each and every one of my supporters but I’m done with music I deleted everything I wanna be normal…” This sparked concerns for Uzi’s mental health and he then went completely silent for a few months.

 

After Lil Uzi Vert’s short hiatus he returned to the rap scene, releasing two singles, Sanguine Paradise and New Patek. Both songs were an instant hit, with Sanguine Paradise peaking at #28 on the billboard charts and That’s a Rack peaking at #24. One month later, Uzi claimed he had finished the album. Fans quickly pushed this aside, due to his past antics surrounding this album. 

 

Fans began to almost forget about Lil Uzi Vert. But when everyone lost hope, Uzi prevailed. He began to have more of a social media presence, which sparked fans to question if the Philly rapper would finally release the allusive album Eternal Atake. On December 13, 2019, Lil Uzi Vert released yet another single Futsal Shuffle 2020. 

 

The recent single took the world by storm, becoming a popular song on the social media app “Tik Tok.” Fans posted to Tik Tok short videos of them dancing to the newly dubbed dance “The Futsal Shuffle.”

 

As fans began to get more and more eager Lil Uzi Vert’s LP, On January 4th Lil Uzi Vert posted four separate photos of four women, each dressed in an all purple gown, flowers in their hair and a rope wrapped around their waist with a key on the rope. This was clearly a nod to the Heavens Gate cult, as this is what the cult members wore during their infamous group suicide, where 39 members believed they would be picked up by an extraterrestrial aircraft to brought to a new planet if they commited suicide.

 

On March 1st, Lil Uzi Vert released another single, That Way. This new single samples the Backstreet Boys hit song “I Want It That Way.” Fans began to wonder yet again if Lil Uzi Vert will release this album. 

 

Then, finally, Uzi formally declared the album would be released, with a visual for the album. The video shows Lil Uzi Vert working at an office job, where he is interrupted by an alien attack, and then is abducted and taken to a spaceship. Uzi also posted a track list for the album, showing there will be 17 songs including Futsal Shuffle 2020 and That Way, as well as a feature from the rapper Syd. Fans began to reignite their excitement for the LP. 

 

On March 6th, 2020 Lil Uzi Vert released Eternal Atake by a shock release. The internet exploded with excitement as Uzi finally released the LP. The album is just over an hour long with over 17 songs. 

 

The album is exactly what fans expected. Uzi started out the album with the song Baby Pluto where he raps over a plinking sample, the first words in the song are said by an unknown voice saying “Welcome, to Eternal Atake.” One of the most notable songs on the album is “Lo Mein.” This song starts with a quiet verse then moving into yet another galaxy-like sample. “Silly Watch” is definitely my favorite from this LP. It features a piano sample that sounds like it’s right out of a Mortal Kombat game, accompanied by an 808 beat. Uzi’s energetic and arrogant attitude on this song and his high-pitched voice gives me a LUV Is Rage 2 feeling.

 

The long awaited album has had fans asking this question: Is it worth the hype? In my opinion it is not. Over the years, Lil Uzi Vert has continued to make fans more and more frustrated with him, to the point where many fans have written him off. After three years, many fans would expect a major album, with each song varying from the next. Many songs on the album blend together, but not in a good way. While listening, I often checked my phone, not realizing the song has changed three times. Many of the songs sound very similar. 

 

Yes, I understand this is a slightly above average rapper that raps about drugs, girls, and cars, but if your listener is unable to tell if the song has changed because your song structure and style doesn’t vary throughout the album, that’s a very bad sign. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lil Uzi Vert’s new album, but I do not believe it was worth a three year wait.

 

Overall, I believe Lil Uzi Vert’s new album is a great rap album and I’m glad to see the Philly rapper back in the game, but it’s simply not worth all the hype it’s getting.

 

My rating: 8.5/10