Artist: Lil Uzi Vert
Album: Eternal Atake
Drop Date: 2020
Editor’s Notes: Fans have been waiting on the eccentric emo rapper’s long-awaited second studio album for months. With no release date in sight, the album is feeling just as elusive as that of a certain pop queen.
Noting the parallels, one fan tweeted Uzi, writing, “you gotta drop the album before Rihanna drops hers,” to which Uzi revealed that he’s in a bizarre release date stalemate with Riri. “We on the same team if I drop she drop IF SHE DROP I DROP,” he wrote.
While Eternal Atake‘s release date is looking increasingly hazy, Uzi previously confirmed on Twitter that it would contain 16 tracks and also teased that it will finally be released this year (“I think I’mma just flood 2020 with new music” he tweeted) after several delays.
One of these 16 songs will definitely be glitchy dance track “Futstal Shuffle 2020,” a rave-ready rap song where Uzi raps about Prada sweatsuits and his love for cougars. Its feel-good, anime-heavy music video was released last month. Watch below.
Previous singles “Sanguine Paradise” and “That’s a Rack” might also appear, but the fact they’re both now a year old and were released during a period where Uzi was having well-documented label issues and threatening to retire from music altogether will likely mean these songs are left in the past.
The Weeknd’s Beats 1 radio show also debuted new Uzi songs – “Memento Mori: Mistake” featuring Nav, a Gunna collaboration titled “Valentino,” a song with Lil Durk called “Hair,” and a new version of Young Thug’s “Chanel (Go Get It)” featuring Uzi – last year, and this could give a hint of the sort of collaborations that might appear on Eternal Atake. Don’t be surprised if The Weeknd pops up to a sing a hook, too.
Uzi has also teased a sequel to his gargantuan single “XO Tour Llif3”, suggesting this will appear on Eternal Atake:
The artwork for Eternal Atake, which references infamous cult Heaven’s Gate, first leaked online back in 2018.
However, it’s highly likely this will be changed for the final release due to copyright infringement, and might have been replaced with this psychedelic, UFO-referencing cover, which Uzi recently teased on Instagram:
According to Brandon Finessin, one half of Philly-based production collective Working on Dying, Eternal Atake has gone through 11 different versions and might have a slower pace than previous Lil Uzi Vert projects.
“It’s tough because he’s such a perfectionist that they have gone through 11 different versions,” he told Genius. “He records every day. But he’s not gonna put it out until he feels like every one is to his liking, and sometimes that pace is gonna be slower than what his fans like. So we get it. We understand, but equally speaking he’s working on the best music of his life. That’s gonna take time.”
With so many delays, some fans might be losing patience for the album to arrive. However, Uzi, who is now signed to Roc Nation, has insisted it represents his best body of work yet and is a lot better than previous album Luv Is Rage 2:
The fact he’s also appearing at Coachella in April would suggest Eternal Atake‘s release date will be sooner rather than later, with the Californian festival a great opportunity to debut the new music.