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Lil Uzi Vert
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Lil Uzi Vert performing in 2016 in Nashville
Background information
Birth name Symere Woods
Born (1994-07-31) July 31, 1994 (age 23)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website liluziofficial.com

Symere Woods (born July 31, 1994), known professionally as Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist. Based in Philadelphia, he gained recognition after releasing his debut single, "Money Longer", and several mixtapes, including Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, and The Perfect Luv Tape. Lil Uzi Vert has also collaborated with Migos on "Bad and Boujee", which became Lil Uzi Vert's first US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single.[2] In August 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released his debut studio album Luv Is Rage 2, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.[3]

Music career

2014–16: Breakthrough mixtapes

Uzi Vert's rapping skills were noticed by Don Cannon, who heard one of Uzi's songs being played on the radio by DJ Diamond Kuts.[4][5] Uzi later signed a record deal with DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Leighton Morrison's record label Generation Now, and Atlantic Records.[6] Uzi gained attention after being featured on Carnage's single "WDYW" with ASAP Ferg and Rich The Kid in 2015.

Uzi then released his third mixtape Luv Is Rage on December 18, 2015, with production from Don Cannon, FKi, Sonny Digital, TM88, DP Beats, Maaly Raw and more, and guest features from Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug. On April 15, 2016, Uzi released his fourth mixtape Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World with production from Don Cannon, Metro Boomin, WondaGurl, M-TRAX, Smatt Sertified and more, with the cover art designed by Fvrris.[7] He was named as one of the ten 2016 XXL Freshmen on June 13, 2016.[8] On July 31, 2016, Uzi released his fifth mixtape The Perfect Luv Tape on his 22nd birthday, featuring Future in the song "Seven Million."[9]

2017–present: Luv Is Rage 2

Uzi collaborated with the rap group Migos in October 2016 on the single "Bad and Boujee" which in January 2017 reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Uzi Vert's first number 1 single as a featured artist, and his highest charting single.[2] On March 24, 2017, Uzi released the song "XO TOUR Llif3" as a single, off of his EP Luv Is Rage 1.5. The single has since become Uzi's highest charting song as a lead artist, reaching a number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On August 25, 2017, Lil Uzi Vert released his heavily-delayed debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2, which included his hit single, "XO TOUR Llif3" as the lead single.[10] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with 135,000 album-equivalent units.[3]

Musical style

Complex called Uzi "one of those names to pay attention to in 2016,"[11] and Spin wrote "the 22-year-old has solidified his spot as one to watch...[with] his signature rapid delivery."[12] Noisey called him "articularly charismatic", a "natural entertainer" who is "for better or for worse, yanking people into the future."[13]

Lil Uzi Vert's style of rap has been compared to rock,[14] as well as being labeled with the term emo rap.[1]

Influences

Lil Uzi Vert calls Marilyn Manson "his greatest inspiration."[15] In an interview with Complex, Lil Uzi Vert cited ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and the Ying Yang Twins as influences.[6]

Personal life

Uzi was in a relationship with stylist Brittany Byrd from 2014 to 2016.[16][17][18] Following the break-up, allegations of Byrd cheating spread around before Uzi denied them publicly on Twitter.[19][20] Uzi released a new song after the announcement of the breakup titled "Stole Your Luv."[21][22]

Discography

Studio albums

Mixtapes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated Work Category Result Ref
2017 Billboard Music Awards Himself Top New Artist Nominated [23]
"Bad and Boujee" (featured by Migos) Top Rap Song Nominated
Top Rap Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated [24]
"XO Tour Llif3" Song of the Summer Won
2018 Grammy Awards Himself Best New Artist Pending [25]
"Bad and Boujee" Best Rap Performance Pending

References

  1. ^ a b Corrigan B. "Lil Uzi Vert-Luv Is Rage 2 Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Trust, Gary (9 January 2017). "Migos' 'Bad and Boujee,' Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tops Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (3 September 2017). "Lil Uzi Vert's 'Luv Is Rage 2' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  4. ^ C.M., Emmanuel (27 March 2015). "The Break Presents: Lil Uzi Vert". XXL. 
  5. ^ Kramer, Kyle (2 March 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert Is Living in the Future of Rap". Vice. 
  6. ^ a b Diep, Eric (20 January 2016). "Next Wave: Meet Lil Uzi Vert, the Next Phenom in Rap". Complex. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Lilah, Rose (15 April 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert - Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World". HotNewHipHop. 
  8. ^ Schwartz, Danny (13 June 2016). "XXL Freshman Class Of 2016 Revealed". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Walker, Angus (31 July 2016). "Stream Lil Uzi Vert's "The Perfect Luv Tape," Featuring Future & More". HotNewHipHop. 
  10. ^ Sturari, Lucca. "Album Review: LUV Is Rage 2". Underground Flux. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Diep, Eric (January 20, 2016). "An exclusive interview with rising rapper Lil Uzi Vert". 
  12. ^ Bradley, Megan (April 18, 2016). "Go south young man: How Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert won over Atlanta". Spin. 
  13. ^ Kramer, Kyle (March 2, 2016). "Lil Uzi Vert is living in the future of RnB". Noisey. 
  14. ^ Destefano, Mike (June 28, 2017). "Lil Uzi Vert's Rock-Star Style Is Shaking Up the Rap World". Complex UK. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  15. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (9 June 2017). "Artists to Watch In 2017: Lil Uzi Vert, Rap's Tradition-Bucking, Marilyn Manson-Loving Star". Billboard. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Brittany Byrd: Everything to Know about Rapper Lil Uzi Vert's Girlfriend". Earn The Necklace. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  17. ^ "A Conversation with Designer and Artist Brittany Byrd". PAPERMAG. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  18. ^ Brinkley, Vance (2016-06-27). "Lil Uzi Announces Official Breakup With Girlfriend Brittany Byrd". Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos | Allhiphop. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  19. ^ Brinkley, Vance (2016-06-27). "Lil Uzi Announces Official Breakup With Girlfriend Brittany Byrd". Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos | Allhiphop. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  20. ^ 🌎 ☄️ 💕®, Uzi London (2016-06-25). "She didn't cheat". @LILUZIVERT. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  21. ^ khari (2016-06-26). "Lil Uzi Vert Ends Relationship With Beloved Girlfriend, Drops New Heater, "Stole Your Luv"". The Source. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  22. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Drops "Stole Your Luv" After Announcing His Breakup With Longtime Girlfriend". Complex. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  23. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2017 MTV VMAs". Billboard. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017.