Do you think if we start talking about Lil Uzi Vert enough and keep wishing for his new album to come out that we can sort of will or wish it into existence? I personally am a big fan of trying to wish shit into existence by talking about it enough, so I am going to talk about Uzi today. Man, it really does suck that he is having problems with his record label and can’t release Eternal Atake. I swear to god that we have been waiting for that record since last summer. But contrary to a lot of the narrative around him this year, Lil Uzi Vert has not been totally quiet in 2019. He has been doing everything he can to get good music out; earlier this year to tide us over for waiting, he did release two pretty dope singles, ‘Sanguine Paradise’ and ‘That’s a Rack.’ I do wonder if these were just throwaways from Eternal Atake, but even if they are, ‘Sanguine Paradise’ is a damn banger. One thing I have not seen anyone talk about in regards to Lil Uzi Vert this year is all of the dope features he has done. It seems like the narrative around him has been that he has been held hostage by his label this year and has not been making any music, which just is not true because there are so many great songs that have come out this year that feature Lil Uzi Vert. I wanted to talk about all of those rad tracks today. I honestly feel like this list just proves how good Lil Uzi Vert and how much we need his music because he definitely makes every one of these songs better. With all of that being said, let me know which one of these LIL Uzi Vert-assisted songs you dig the most!
SLAYERR – TM88 FEAT. LIL UZI VERT
I thought I would start out with the only song on this little list that feels like it is exclusively by Lil Uzi Vert, even though it is technically a feature for the producer TM88’S new mixtape. I have always thought TM88 was an underrated producer, so obviously this collaboration sounds pretty great. This song definitely has more of an old school Lil Uzi Vert feel; the song definitely has that attitude and gruff nature that made him so popular, to begin with. I love how the way the melody and beat are paired up because it makes it sound like a rock-trap song; the hard and fun melody coupled up with the raspiness and straining in Lil Uzi Vert’s voice makes this song so hard. If you are fiending for a new Lil Uzi Vert song that has no features, this is as close as you are going to get. This song was slept on so much this year so check it out.
EXTENDO – YOUNG NUDY AND PIERRE BOURNE FEAT. LIL UZI VERT
‘Extendo’ is about as eccentric and trippy of a trap song as you would expect from this trio of artists. Pierre Bourne has been known for some of the weirdest trap instrumentals with some of the coolest melodies in the game lately, and this track does not disappoint at all. Extendo sounds like the song in the major fight scene in an anime with a hard ass trap beat. Young Nudy and Lil Uzi Vert rapping together form one of the weirdest and coolest combinations you can have in trap music today. Young Nudy is known for having such a low key demeanor that helps you focus on the beat and melt into the song, which is obviously a major switch up from the super high energy and eccentric nature that Lil Uzi Vert has on every single song. ‘Extendo’ is easily one of if not the most strange and non-typical trap songs on this list, and anyone who complains that all trap music sounds the same should definitely listen to this song.
POTENTIAL – GUCCI MANE FEAT. YOUNG DOLPH AND LIL UZI VERT
It would be tough for me to imagine that a collaboration between these three greats would not be excellent, and luckily as expected it is. The instrumental of this song is unique because the beat reminds me of the more darker and distorted instrumentals that Gucci Mane has been trending towards(especially on this album), but the melody has that lullaby-esque feel of some of Gucci Mane’s most well-known classics. Lil Uzi Vert’s voice and style create a very nice juxtaposition from the other two rappers on this song due to their drastically different rapping styles; the traditional gruff and low-voiced style of Dolph and Guwop gets a much-appreciated buffer from the high voice and quirkiness of Lil Uzi Vert. ‘Potential’ is one of the most underrated songs on Gucci Mane’s Delusions of Grandeur in my opinion, and Lil Uzi Vert’s contribution to the track is a major part of that.
POSE – YO GOTTI FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION AND LIL UZI VERT
This is definitely the hardest song on this list, and it is honestly probably one of the hardest mainstream trap songs of the year. Yo Gotti is known for those sporadic bass-heavy trap joints with creepy melodies that are popular in Memphis, and ‘Pose’ fits that bill pretty perfectly. I think that the energy of these three rappers matches each other so perfectly. Megan gives the song that boss bitch energy that every song should have, and Gotti’s chill and scary calmness that he raps with matches up so perfectly with the intensity that Lil Uzi always raps with. This is such a fun club song because of the chorus; who wouldn’t love to be on that dance floor and pause for the dance for the cameras as Yo Gotti yells Pose, pose pose, pose…
WHAT’S THE MOVE – YOUNG THUG FEAT. LIL UZI VERT
I think that ‘What’s The Move’ is easily one of the most underrated tracks on Young Thug’s So Much Fun(which is one of my favorite albums of the year, so go check out what I said about it in my review please). Everyone is sitting here saying that Kanye is an innovator for making that weird gospel-trap that is on Jesus Is King, but Young Thug did that months before him with ‘What’s The Move.’ All joking aside, I do love the Baptist Church style chanting that the track starts out with; that coupled with the weird bird noises at the beginning makes this one of the weirder and most dope trap song on this album and on this list. I have said this so many times in the past, I think that Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug need to make more music together, because their voices and weird energies match up together so perfectly, dude. The singing that Lil Uzi Vert does in this song makes me miss some of his older mixtapes; it definitely has a Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World feel to it. Go read my review of this album then tell me how much you love this song(and the rest of this album for that matter) in the comments below.
PULL UP – LIL KEED FEAT. YNW MELLY AND LIL UZI VERT
If you have heard any music by any of these three artists, I bet you could imagine that a collaboration from these three needed to happen because they are all so eccentric and weird in the best damn way. Furthermore, this track is produced by Jetsonmade(who’s having a helluva 2019 by the way), so it is obviously a hard-ass banger. I love the flute-driven melody that this song has because it is almost sweet in a way and super weird, kind of like all three of these rappers. Keed sings with his signature screechy high voice that is kind of like an even more cartoony version of Young Thug, while Uzi and Melly show off the best elements of their eccentric singing voices as well. This is probably the weirdest song on this list, but it is so underrated and worth checking out.