Hot Take: Lil Uzi Vert

Joe DelloStritto

Lil Uzi Vert is trash. That’s right, I said it. Sure, I feel like a hypocrite writing this article because I still know all the lyrics to hits like “Money Longer” and “XO Tour Llif3”... and “Sanguine Paradise” isn’t bad either. “20 Minutes” is a good track too. Okay, he’s got some good songs. I’ll admit it. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that mostly everything the rapper puts out is comparable to a Shaquille O’Neil foul shot: bad.

In my humble opinion, the rapper whines about the same three topics in every song, with choppy flows and irritable melodies. His mumbling, lethargic delivery mixed with high-pitched moaning vocals is simply not it. Other rappers in the same lane as Uzi, such as Gunna, Thug, and Lil Baby, all add a bit of flavor to their mumble-rap style, while Uzi recycles the same flows hoping no one will notice. Lacking substance and talent, Lil Uzi Vert seems more like a social media experiment than an artist. Songs like “Sauce It Up,” “Canadian Goose” and “Bean (Kobe)” are poor efforts, and although somewhat catchy, are nothing more than an average SoundCloud track.

To be completely frank, Lil Uzi Vert might be part of the reason people say "music was better back then.” In a time where so many talented artists have trouble cutting through the saturation of the industry, it's downright disrespectful that Lil Uzi Vert has managed to steal the limelight for so long. Okay, that was harsh. Lil Uzi, if you're reading this, I love YOU, just not your music. If you disagree, well, that’s what makes it a hot take. Take or it leave it.

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