The Record Scratch reviews a multitude of different genres and artists in order to explore the vast world of music. (Ashley Edwards)
The Record Scratch reviews a multitude of different genres and artists in order to explore the vast world of music.

Ashley Edwards

Eternal Atake Introduces New Intergalactic Sound

March 18, 2020

Most rappers today simply rhyme about the overdone party scene with an overused trap beat and an overworked auto-tune. Jumping in with his brilliant-rainbow hair, eccentric style, and funky disposition, Lil Uzi Vert, the underdog who’s short stature compliments his vast personality, completely changed the rap scene. When all of his fans desperately waited for a new album, Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” emerged from the darkness in all of its exterrestrial glory.

Edited by Ashley Edwards, Courtesy of XXL Magazine
Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” has taken the rap game by storm. Its intergalactic sound is the perfect soundtrack for an impromptu dance party.

The rapper’s sophomore album is an astral projection into a new world full of his persona. The Vulture describes it as a, “… space opera in three acts,” with a mixture of his love for anime. 

“Eternal Atake” is a fiery asteroid that breaks into the space-time continuum, bringing in tunes that ignite nostalgia, like “P2,” and awakening new life like the fast-paced, ecstatic “Baby Pluto”. “P2” relating to its predecessor “XO TOUR Llif3”, Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single from 2017. 

This album takes the listener on a flight through his galaxy, landing on different planets of many styles. From bratty tracks like “That Way” a bonus track and “Lo Mein” to breakup songs like “I’m Sorry”.

Although Lil Uzi Vert attempted to completely deviate from the basic styles of modern rap, he did fall short when it came to repetition. “Eternal Atake” did do well differentiating styles from “I’m Sorry” to “Lo Mein” as aforementioned, but that was the only major style change heard. I appreciate him covering new ground with his music, but listening to 17 songs that sound quite similar can get bothersome. 

Nonetheless, this album’s style is gravity-defying and leaves listeners anxiously waiting for his next release. Luckily, that wait was not as unbearable as the last, as Lil Uzi Vert released a deluxe album a day after “Eternal Atake” was released.

The deluxe album opens with “Myron,” a powerful track that’s as confident as Lil Uzi Vert himself. The 14-track bonus album, named “LUV vs. The World 2,” paying homage to his 2016 album, “Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World,” was an amazing surprise for his fans.  Featuring artists like 21 Savage, Future, and Young Thug, it added even more flavor to the album. 

Lil Uzi Vert began the advent of a new age for contemporary rap. As he prepares to land back in the studio to make more out-of-this-world hits for all the bedroom dance parties, proms, homecomings, and radio blasting, windows down, late night drives to come, I cannot wait to see what he brings to the table.

 

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