Today, July 31, marks the birthday Philadelphia-hailing rap rocker Lil Uzi Vert! The charismatic, stage-diving, hair-dying phenom turns 23 today.
Born and raised in Philly, Uzi started rapping as a teen. Growing up with a love Paramore and Marilyn Manson as well as Kanye West and the Ying Yang Twins, Uzi’s fashion and music style blended the worlds punk rock and rap together. Uzi began spreading his sound by dropping music on SoundCloud and caught the attention the industry fast. Uzi’s intial big break came when DJ Drama and Don Cannon signed the rock rapper, paired him up with the likes A$AP Ferg and DJ Carnage for “WDYW” and released his first major label mixtape Luv Is Rage in 2015. The tape boasted features from Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug and perked the ears fans with tracks like “Yamborghini Dream.” Uzi’s next tape, 2016’s Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World took his sound mainstream with party-starters like “Money Longer” and “You Was Right.” Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200. The same year Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World came out, Uzi scored a spot on the 2016 XXL Freshman Class alongside the likes Lil Yachty, Desiigner and 21 Savage.
Life post-Freshmen has been good to Uzi. Earlier this year, young Uzi scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single thanks to his guest verse on Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and he’s known for putting on one the wildest live shows in music right now.
Uzi’s latest big single, “XO Tour Lif3″, dropped back in March and even though there’s been no ficial music video or heavy promotion from the rapper’s label, the SoundCloud loosie is a top contender for 2017’s song the summer. The melodramatic rap produced by TM88 is already certified three times platinum and continues to climb the charts. Uzi has been barraging fans with new music when he sees fit in order to hint that his LUV Is Rage 2 project is coming. XXL caught up with Uzi’s go-to producer Maaly Raw recently to get an update on the tape and the beat smith reporting that the project is “about 90%” finished right now.” Music to our ears.
Happy Birthday, Uzi!
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