Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World
When Lil Uzi Vert dropped Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World in 2016, he was already one of rap’s most promising young talents. After he amassed a cult following of early adopters from a combination of early SoundCloud releases and his breakout 2015 tape Luv Is Rage, all eyes were on him when he dropped the follow-up six months later. At just nine tracks long, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World widened the breadth of his artistic whims to the point that it would catapult him leagues ahead of the SoundCloud-famous MCs he was initially grouped with. Here, he can be found singing over warped EDM sirens on “Hi Roller,” thumbing his nose at ex-girlfriends on “You Was Right,” and, maybe most strikingly, rapping over an accordion sample on “Ps and Qs.” It was around the time of Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World that Uzi became the poster boy for that dismissive designation “mumble rap,” but you can hear just about everything he says on Lil Uzi Vert vs The World, the same way you can on all of the increasingly popular Uzi releases that follow it.