Eternal Atake Lives Up to the Hype

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Story by Ian Sullivan, Reporter

After 5 promotional singles, numerous release dates, and over 600 days, Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert has released his second studio album, Eternal Atake. Eternal Atake was released a week early unexpectedly on Friday, Mar. 6. This is Uzi’s first album release since his 2017 album, Luv Is Rage 2. Eternal Atake has been surrounded with controversy such as label disputes and Uzi “retiring from rap” in 2019. 

Lil Uzi Vert, born Symere Woods, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Philadelphia. The Grammy-nominated artist has released two mixtapes and two studio albums since his rise to popularity around 2016. Eternal Atake is 18 tracks long and is an hour and two minutes long.

Eternal Atake starts with “Baby Pluto”, which is named after one of his new personalities he raps as. To say the least, Uzi starts this album off the right way. This song is three minutes and thirty seconds of pure-flows as Uzi delivers a very fun-to-listen to track.

The next two tracks, “Lo Mein” and “Silly Watch” continue where “Baby Pluto” left off. They are both fun and easy to listen to, with some hard flows and great production which would sound greatest being played full-blast through your car’s stereo. 

The 7th track is called “I’m Sorry” and it is a major switch in style. Uzi exchanges the in-your-face production for a more calm, less-aggressive beat. In the chorus, Uzi sings very softly which is very effective in my opinion.

“Bigger Than Life” is another track I highly recommend to anyone. This tracks features some of Uzi’s best flows and one of the best beats on the album.

“Bigger Than Life” is another track I highly recommend to anyone.”

— Ian Sullivan

“Prices” and “Urgency” feat. Syd, were both tracks I enjoyed listening to and I felt like they both shared a very chill vibe. Both of these songs remind of something you should listen to during the summer time, which I like a lot.

On to my two personal favorite tracks, “Secure The Bag” and “P2”. “Secure The Bag” features two verses and a catchy chorus that got stuck in my head immediately. Uzi also had some singing parts in the track that I enjoyed a lot. “P2” is the presumed sequel to Uzi’s chart topping, 7x platinum track from Luv Is Rage 2, “XO Tour Llif3”. The song is produced by TM88, who also produced “XO Tour Llif3”, and both songs feature a very similar style of beat. While the verses vary in composition, the chorus’s are nearly identical, with different lyrics. As a huge fan of “XO Tour Llif3”, it was such a pleasant surprise to listen to “P2”. If you enjoyed “Xo Tour Llif3” then you will more than likely love “P2”.

“You Better Move” and “Futsal Shuffle 2020” were two examples of tracks I did not enjoy on my first listen. “You Better Move” has a strange sample that is looped on the beat and has a very repetitive feel to it. In my opinion, “Futsal Shuffle 2020” felt out of place on Eternal Atake. It is advertised as a so-called “dance” track and I felt that it didn’t really add anything to the album. 

After giving it a few listens, I really am loving this album. After teasing an album for so long it is very impressive that Uzi could live up to the hype, but I can easily say that he did with Eternal Atake. It delivers unique flows and verses on top of incredible production, which mixes together for an amazing end product. As the styles evolve on Eternal Atake, it feels like you are following Uzi on a journey through space. I am beyond impressed with this album and I can see myself listening to Eternal Atake all summer long.