What’s With The Eternal Wait For ‘Eternal Atake?’

Gabriel Anton, Staff Writer

Earlier in the year of January 2019, rapper Lil Uzi Vert announced he was not going to drop any more music and fans went ballistic. According to xxlmag.com, his exact quote on the matter was: “I wanna take the time out to say I thank each and every one of my supporters but I’m done with music….I deleted everything. I wanna be normal…I wanna wake up in 2013.”

The 24-year-old Grammy-nominated hit artist has had much success with his music career ever since he debuted with his EP “Purple Thoughtz Vol. 1” on Jan. 19, 2014. “LUV is Rage 2” was his first studio album and the last musical effort we have seen from him in such a manner, providing us audiences with the ever-popular hit single “XO Tour Lif3.”

His lifetime discography currently boasts 11 singles that have been certified platinum by the Record Industry Association of America, but it is safe to predict that his next release; his second studio album titled “Eternal Atake,” will be even bigger and better. He has been teasing this album since July 2018, when he tweeted and pinned the title to his new album and furthermore released the album cover art at the end of the month.

Additionally, on Sept. 18, 2018, he released a nearly six-minute single titled “New Patek,” which is already certified platinum and would supposedly be featured on this album. But, as we sit waiting now in April 2019, the question still begs, where is “Eternal Atake?”

As many of his fans already know, the news of his second studio album made headlines that came with anticipation, but also with controversy. The cover art the Philadelphia rapper had released had displayed the sigil of the Heaven’s Gate cult and the last surviving members of the cult had taken offense, citing “direct and clear infringement,” according to xxlmag.com.

This all happened back in Aug. 2018 and its effects seem to have extended nearly a year later. However, with the release of two more singles on April 10 of this year, Uzi seems to have come out of retirement, adding fuel to the fire of anticipation for “Eternal Atake.” As of now, this album is set to be released this year and his new singles “Sanguine Paradise” and “That’s a Rack” already prove to be a return to form.

Both songs differ in intensity, yet still both deliver the catchy, bouncy, and synthetic sounding melodies that have come to be the staple of Uzi’s music. “Sanguine Paradise” has a smooth sounding harmony between some synthetic trumpets and a piano that help propel Uzi’s energetic and effortlessly melodic verses. This song draws some similar melodic themes found in singles from his fourth mixtape “The Perfect LUV Tape,” reminding me of “Erase your Social’s” vibrant melodic backdrop and rhythmic style. “That’s a Rack” come with more intense energy and seeps into the listener’s mind with its spectral and distorted synthetic piano melody, coupled with a booming distorted bassline.

Here, Uzi returns with his hypnotic and almost even relaxing themes that made some of his prior songs like “20 Minutes” and also “XO Tour Lif3” so effective. It looks to me so far that this new album “Eternal Atake” will have more of an “old Uzi” feel to it. Uzi will be implementing more of his melodic and energetic yet eerie and hypnotic elements that have made some of his biggest songs stand out.

Aside from these two songs, a new song from Uzi titled “Free Uzi” has also recently “leaked” online with a music video. It doesn’t seem like this song will be part of his upcoming album, but it could be added upon release. This song is one of my personal favorites from his newest releases, having a very energetic and repetitive rhythmic and lyrical style that keeps on going and going. This songs reminds me of the most of another potential “Eternal Atake” addition, “New Patek.”

Uzi in both songs delivers fast, lively and dynamic versus that perfectly complement the fast, catchy beat and shows off Uzi’s lyrical capabilities and ever-evolving skill. Even though these songs don’t feature any other artists and his last album “LUV is Rage 2” had few features, I hope that frequent collaborators like Playboi Carti will appear in his “Eternal Atake” releases.

Be sure to check out these songs and be patient for “Eternal Atake.” Uzi loves his fans and has seemed to quell his frustrations with the controversy that surrounded his name and album about a year ago, so the wait for the album will be worth it.