Cheesesteaks & Codeine: Philly Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Leans on Atlanta

Philly's next hope keeps blasting and borrowing.
By    September 16, 2015

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Evan Nabavian dropped ten caps on Rainbow Road

“N I G O Hilfiger” is a visceral experience. It can’t be described using outmoded sentiments like anger, frustration, or anxiety — those are in the attic with the camcorder and DMX’s red overalls. The song, unique to rap’s current pharmaceutical diet, can only be called turnt, as prescribed by its SoundCloud tags. Philly’s Lil Uzi Vert goes for hearts, not minds, with a pounding DJ Plugg beat and chanted raps about when he deigns to use a condom. He throws an adlib at the end of each line like an elbow to the face. Dab to this at risk of spinal injury. “No Wait” is more subdued, but no less enthralling. Here, Uzi makes an attempt at Future’s hedonist lament with respectable results.

Uzi’s tracks have play counts in the hundreds of thousands and he enjoys access to top shelf Atlanta beats. He’s barely 20 years old, so it’s not hard to imagine that his biggest record is ahead of him — or that he’s peaked with the scattered bangers he’s released thus far. But right now, Uzi is guaranteed to get you turnt before lunch.

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