Label:Generation Now, Atlantic
Released: May 27

On the strength of three projects (including a collaborative EP with Gucci Mane), Lil Uzi Vert emerged in 2016 as the most petulant, charismatic, and magnetic of hip-hop’s newest class of ascendant stars.  But it’s his standout mixtape Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World that most shows off Vert’s impeccable taste; from the album artwork to the Technicolor trap beats, it’s a project that operates cohesively—the sum of its parts equals more than any one track (though “You Was Right” makes a strong case for standing on its own two feet). Its mastermind wholeheartedly embraces his role as rap’s latest enfant terrible, going from bratty to bored and back again over the course of each song. Lil Uzi Vert raps more in maxims than verses, uncovering phrases that seem optimized to get stuck in your head. The young rapper doesn’t have a lot to say, but he sure knows how to say it. —Brendan Klinkenberg