Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” is well worth the wait

Eternal Atake released unexpectedly March 6, 2020.

Album Artwork Courtesy of Roc Nation LLC

“Eternal Atake” released unexpectedly March 6, 2020.

Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief

Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake was two years in the making. The album’s release was announced in 2018 but was finally released on March 6, 2020. The album’s release was delayed multiple times due to leaks, battles with his label and other personal issues.

When the album was finally ready for release it was preceded by singles 2020 Futsal Shuffle and That Way which sampled Backstreet Boys classic I Want it That Way.

Eternal Atake consisted of 18 songs. 16 brand new and the two previously listed singles as bonus tracks.

Lil Uzi Vert employed the use of three different personalities throughout the album to tell a story. The first third of songs is from a personality who bears the same name as the opening song. Baby Pluto is the first personality. In his story, he is abducted by aliens and taken into space. Baby Pluto approaches the album with arrogance and some of the bluntest rapping throughout the album. The standout song of this section is Lo Mein. The second song on the album features the classic hard-hitting bars that characterize Lil Uzi Vert’s career. One of the best-produced tracks on the album, it features strong bass with a balance of pace and rhythm which perfectly matches Lil Uzi’s machine-gun style on the song.

The next third of the album transitions into the story of Renji. Renji tells the story of the escape from the Aliens and his journey back to Earth. This third of the album is much more bubbly and features airy background vocals in every song to add an angelic tone. Every song features a pulsating, high pitched beat to match the smooth vocals of Lil Uzi and the background vocals. Uzi also shows his musical range on the song Bigger Than Life as he raps about his life in the limelight over a trap beat looped with an acoustic guitar. This section ends with the Psychedelic styled Prices. This track borrows the instrumental from Travis Scott’s hit, Way Back. 

The final third of the album is from Lil Uzi Vert’s own perspective. In this section, he is continuing his journey back to Earth and trying to convince people what happened once he makes it. In this third section, Lil Uzi brings back the style that many listeners fell in love with early in his career. The style is reminiscent of his early mixtapes LUV is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World, and The Perfect LUV Tape. A perfect example is Venetia. When I heard the beat come in I was taken back to 2016 when I first started listening to Lil Uzi Vert. Uzi even goes back and does an interpolation of his biggest hit XO Tour Llif3P2 takes a new, but similar, instrumental, and puts it over the same 808s (drum combos) to allow him to model the same melody with his lyrics but different enough to create its own emotion and style.

Eternal Atake was well worth the wait as it employs a diverse style and provides a story when you listen from top to bottom. The album has tremendous replay value, there is a song for every mood or situation. Lil Uzi claims that this is only the first half of the album and that there is more on the way. As it stands, I give the album a 4.5/5 as it only has one or two low points. The rest is beautifully compiled and organized into a near-perfect modern Hip-Hop album.