Lil Uzi Vert's debut album Luv Is Rage 2 is on track to knock Brand New's Science Fiction off the top of the Billboard 200 on next week's chart, marking another victory in Uzi's already prolific 2017. The 16-track album is a complicated, challenging effort that adds an undertone of world-weariness to Uzi's aesthetic, a new landscape brought to life with some well-placed features from Pharrell and the Weeknd.
For Uzi, however, the album also stands as a blueprint on how to make "real" music. The album, Uzi said on Twitter Thursday, is "made for our youth….so they can learn how to format real songs."
So far, the responses to Uzi's "real songs" distinction have ranged all the way from "what does it take to get a follow?" to "@saifk he jus dissed yo ass."
The album's commercial success has been coupled with critical acclaim. Though the only official single from the album, so far, has been the ubiquitous "XO Tour Llif3," other Luv Is Rage 2 tracks—including the excellent "Neon Guts"—have started garnering praise on their own.
In a recent interview with Rolling Out, DJ Drama—whose Generation Now label released Luv Is Rage 2 with Atlantic—broke down Uzi's growing legacy. "['XO Tour Llif3'] is arguably one of the songs of the year and it speaks to his artistry and his creativity," Drama said. "Watching him and his generation, his class of MCs, they're all coming into their own right now. Uzi made an album that people will always talk about and hold on a certain pedestal. It's those moments that matter most to me."
As for what's next for the Uziverse, the man himself told Zane Lowe last week that his plan is to hit fans with a freestyle rock album. "It's kinda hard for it to be bad," Uzi said, adding that Hayley Williams (of Paramore) was currently one of his biggest influences.