A king returns


   Eternal Atake finally released on March 6, 2020 after two years of delays and drama. It released to sky-high expectations. It may not have fully lived up to them, but nevertheless, it still was a great return to music for Lil Uzi Vert.

   The first mention of Eternal Atake was in July of 2018, and on December 9, he confirmed that the album was set to release. Although on Jan. 7, Lil Uzi said he had retired from music and deleted everything. The album was set to release on July 19, 2019, but it was not. Its final release wasn’t until March of 2020.

   The album runs for 62 minutes and features 18 songs, with only one featuring another artist, Syd. It also features two singles “Futsal Shuffle 2020” and “That Way”. They were both released before the initial debut of the album on Dec. 13 and March 1.

   The album is more or less about how much money is in his bank account, the luxury cars he drives, the expensive clothing he wears, and the girls he gets. The album is an hour-long futuristic flex.  For example in “Silly Watch”, he sings “Double-park, new Lambo’ with no parkin’ spot” and “Comme des Garcons, use my heart a lot.” Or in “You Better Move” he sings verses like “Louis my shoes” and “Too much money, I’m evil from the root.”

The songs are all fast-paced, energetic, and they all go hard. The beats are speedy, clean and fresh. A mix between P-funk and electro.

The album also features skits throughout. They are short and relate to the futuristic feeling- they talk about being abducted, aliens and space.

The critical reception for Eternal Atake was great. Rolling Stone stated, “The space-y rap superstar’s highly anticipated new album was more than worth the wait.” Pitchfork stated, “Eternal Atake is Uzi’s greatest album to date, a scope-defying hour-long epic that couldn’t be made by any one else.” UPROXX said, ” Lil Uzi Vert’s long-awaited ‘Eternal Atake’ is deceptively deep and fun as hell.”

Eternal Atake may not have fully lived up to the expectations set by its many delays, but it is still an amazing album. It was a great return for Lil Uzi Vert. The songs are fun and fast-paced, and unnecessarily catchy. Songs like “That Way’ and “You Better Move” have not been able to leave my head. Lil Uzi Vert is back and just as amazing as before.

Quin Marzolf, Staff Reporter

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A brief history of Lil Uzi Vert. Woods got his stage name Lil Uzi Vert because of how fast he could rap. Infographic by Quin Marzolf.  Source: AllMusic