A rapper who grew up on the beats of Marilyn Manson and Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, Lil Uzi Vert emerged from North Philadelphia with a relaxed style that connected the dots between Young Thug, Chief Keef, and the A$AP Mob. After contributing a featured verse to Migos’ number one hit, Bad & Boujee, they broke through on their own with two consecutive chart-topping LPs, 2017’s Luv Is Rage 2 (capped by the groundbreaking trap-pop anthem, XO Tour Llif3) and 2020’s Eternal Atake.
Featured on some DJ Diamond Kuts tracks, Uzi kicked off their career into high gear in 2014 when they dropped, Dej Loaf, a dedication to the Detroit vocalist. Don Cannon hosted their mixtape, The Real Uzi, that same year, and DJ Drama helped broker a deal with Atlantic Records, which released the Luv Is Rage mixtape late in 2015. Don Cannon was back for the early 2016 mixtape Lil Uzi vs. the World, which also featured beats from Metro Boomin and Maaly Raw. Two of its tracks, You Was Right and Money Longer, crossed over and reached the Billboard 200 Top 50. Months later, The Perfect Luv Tape was issued, peaking at number 55. By the end of the year, their collaboration with Migos began its ascent to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, hitting number one at the start of 2017. Later that year, Uzi issued the single, XO Tour Llif3. The track climbed into the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and would be the first offering from their chart-topping debut LP, Luv Is Rage 2. The LP featured guests like Oh Wonder, Pharrell Williams, and the Weeknd.
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