Eternal Atake Lives Up to Expectations

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Lil Uzi Vert’s latest album came a week earlier than expected to many fans’ delight.

Nick Holt and Ty Kang

After almost two years of teasing, Lil Uzi Vert finally dropped his highly anticipated album, Eternal Atake. Recently expected on Mar. 13, the album surprised fans across the globe with an early drop on Mar. 6. Uzi gave the fans little hints and tips leading up to the release, such as cryptic Instagram posts, two pre-album singles, different album covers and eventually a short film directed by Gibson Hazard and Lil Uzi Vert himself.

Starting with the visuals, Lil Uzi countlessly gives back to fans and interacting with them in the public and on social media.  Dating back to August 2019, when a fan ran into Lil Uzi in public and asked him to pay for his college tuition, which Uzi agreed to on the spot.  This time around, Lil Uzi Vert gave his fans the opportunity to choose the cover of Eternal Atake, giving three different options designed by different artists, and eventually settling on a futuristic cover.

Uzi also released a preview video titled “Baby Pluto,” where Lil Uzi Vert portrays an office worker whose computer and other supplies are invaded by a virus telling him to go to coordinates “27.1127° S, 109.3497° W,” which is later revealed to be Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.  Lil Uzi makes the trip and as he arrives, a UFO is crash landed into the ground, as women dressed in all purple emerge from the crash. The UFO then blows up and Lil Uzi Vert returns to his old self, but is then abducted by another spacecraft as the video ends. In my opinion, I thought the video was very well made, and was a great way to get fans excited for the upcoming album. It could definitely be seen as a little weird and out there, but it 100% fits the theme of the album. I got chills watching the video for the first time, Gibson Hazard and Lil Uzi Vert did a very good job with this one.

Now to the music.  After listening to the album the first time, Eternal Atake, is not an album you can skip around on, you have to listen to it in it’s entirety, in order.  The best part of the album are the transitions and little snippets at the end of each song, telling the story of Uzi’s Enteral Atake.  Most importantly, the transition between “Lo Mein” and “Silly Watch,” has to be the highlight of all of the transitions of the album.  The best full song on the album for me would be “Prices.” Using Travis Scott’s sample from “Way Back,” a song off of Travis’ 2016 album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, I felt the song was perfection.  The beat of the track is what really got me, it was previewed in the video, and hearing it on the album was beautiful.  Though this doesn’t mean any of the other songs weren’t also extremely good records. Songs such as “P2,” “Venetia,” “Baby Pluto,” and “Celebration Station,” were all quality songs that have the potential to be played for years to come.

The only feature on the album was on the song “Urgency,” with Syd, member of former bands “The Internet,” and “Odd Future.”  The song was different to say the least, I didn’t feel the two’s style of music fit well together, it was a lowkey, chill song, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Although I feel that 17 solo songs is very impressive, I wish he had more features in general. He could’ve linked up with Playboi Carti and created an instant number one hit just for having both of their names on the track.  However, Lil Uzi has stated on twitter that he simply doesn’t know where he is, leaving fans potentially out of luck.

Lil Uzi Vert has claimed that a deluxe edition of Eternal Atake is releasing Friday Mar. 13, containing features by Lil Baby, A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Future, and Young Thug.  Many of the songs set to come out have been previewed by Lil Uzi Vert, producers, other artists, and fans, and are said to be absolute hits such as “Jellybean,” “Lotus,” and “Myron.”

Overall, I thought Lil Uzi Vert lived up to the hype.  After all this waiting, I felt Uzi put out a top tier album that could potentially send it through the roof with the deluxe addition of the album.  My expectations are high for Friday, and as of right now I will rate Eternal Atake an 8.5/10. Great work and congratulations to Lil Uzi Vert.