Eternal Atake R

Robert Weger , Assistant A&E Editor

For the first time since 2017, fans of Lil Uzi Vert have an album to be excited about. After a wait of over two years, Lil Uzi Vert released his long-awaited album, “Eternal Atake” on Friday, March 6, 2020. This is the Philadelphia rapper’s first album since August of 2017, when he came out with “Luv is Rage 2.”

The album has 18 songs and runs just over an hour. Uzi features just one other artist on the track, Syd, in the song “Urgency.”

“Eternal Atake” weaves a space age theme throughout the album using quick, modern and futuristic beats. Songs like “Baby Pluto” and “Futsal Shuffle” showcase this unique style.  The song “You Better Move” even samples sound effects from “Space Cadet 3D Pinball,” a game that was preloaded on older versions of Windows computers. The album’s cover art depicts three people standing on a moon looking onto a spaceship over another planet, which further nails the space theme. Uzi had a loose idea of traveling through space over a year ago which led to his producers writing skits and transitions that relate back to the space theme.

As far as lyrics are concerned, Uzi uses a lot of repetition along with wordplay. This is seen in lines like, “Slidin’ all on the ice like a hockey shot”  from “Silly Watch,” which refers to his jewelry, or “I can see her in the rough, she be shining like a diamond” from the song “Urgency.” For the most part, Uzi sings a lot about things like money, jewelry, women and fame. Uzi does, however, get more emotional in some songs. “P2” serves as the emotional sequel to his 2017 song “XO TOUR Lif3.” The two songs are about Uzi’s breakup with an ex-girlfriend. The song “I’m Sorry” is a heartfelt apology to the same ex-girlfriend. As expected, Uzi uses a lot of explicit language and talks about mature themes in the album.

Lil Uzi Vert also released the deluxe edition of “Eternal Atake” on Friday, March 13, 2020 after hinting about it on his Twitter account. Uzi calls the deluxe version “Eternal Atake – LUV vs. The World 2,” a sequel to his album “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World,” which he released in 2016. The Deluxe version features 14 additional songs featuring artists like Chief Keef and 21 Savage.

All things considered, “Eternal Atake” is a unique album. Lil Uzi captures his emotions and showcases his attention to detail through his lyrics. However the content of his lyrics is very repetitive. The music that accompanies his lyrics is good, though, as it has its own unique style. I also like how the album ties together through the space theme. As a grade, I give “Eternal Atake” an A-.