Lil Uzi Vert
Luv Is Rage 2


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe STAFF
September 8th, 2017 | 156 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *Mumbles incoherently*

Figuring out how to approach an album with one good song is challenging. I’m generally not one to skip tracks; I feel that an album should be experienced blemishes and all. But when I think of whether “to skip or not to skip,” I think of an album with three to four so-so tracks. Luv is Rage 2 has 15 so-so tracks. The only great song - "XO TOUR Llif3" -is the final track. "XO" is catchy, it’s smooth, it’s a banger, but is it worth sitting through 15 other tracks of Uzi’s undefined, uneven, sloppy, amateur delivery? Is it even safe to say I’m even listening to an album when I skip the first 15 tracks? And so it becomes difficult reviewing an album with one good song. If the song is a 4.5/5, and the rest of the album is a ⅖, what does that average out to? How does one weight one great song against 15 terrible ones?

"XO" is a certified banger, with its maudlin, off kilter arpeggiated beat, and its shade of melancholy is a tantalizing way of preventing it from being a garden variety club track. Uzi actually sounds inspired when he’s belting “xany take the pain away,” and “I’m committed not addicted but it keeps the pain away.” Everything about the song clicks, even the peak mumble action at the end of the second chorus “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD-AH RUNIRINAREAH.” Uzi sounds like he’s melting into the track with his autotuned slurs, and the whole track feels like coming down from Xanax. But the rest of the album fails in every way "XO" succeeds.

On Luv is Rage 2, Uzi implements a wide variety of voices and styles. Best known for his polarizing mostly ad-libbed performance on Migos’ number one hit "Bad and Boujee," Vert has been hitting the mixtapes for a number of years, and his influence is strongly felt with the current crop of freshman rappers coming out right now. Uzi’s style works on a track like "Bad and Boujee" because his amateurish ad-libbing contrasts Migos’ very tight and focused delivery. Uzi is like a child with no attention span at a zoo, gawking at every animal exhibit for five seconds before moving on to the next one. Fascinated by each animal, but never taking the time to really appreciate any of them. Uzi adopts so many voices/personas on Luv, listening to it becomes a comical game of double checking that it is in fact Uzi and not a feature. The only connective tissue is Uzi’s mumbling and his repetitive "Fuck bitches get money” lyrics. Lil Uzi must have been conscious that a general audience would not be able to tolerate his banshee wails through a 56-minute run-time because he tries emulating every rap style under the sun.

It’s unclear why Uzi didn’t make a whole album of songs like "XO TOUR Llif3." He seems to have no awareness when it comes to what makes him good and what makes him bad. And it’s a real shame because he has the potential to make competent music. Most tracks revolve around repeating a word or string of words ad-nauseum. Regarding "Early 20 Rager"--the worst song of the year-- Uzi admits it’s not actually a song, “its When the Molly hits” which is either a genuine sentiment and quite sad, or it’s an appeal to the lowest common denominator that’s likely to digest this record, which is also sad. A lot of tracks start off OK, but his flow and style are so unfocused and muddled the songs become a chore to sit through. Vert will come in strong, but then devolve into yelping “I got R&B singers” 100 times in a row. I’d like to think "XO" isn’t a fluke, but as it stands right now, Lil Uzi Vert only has one inspired and focused song. So how do I rate an album with only one great track? I begrudgingly and shamefully smash that motherfucking three out of five.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2017


55218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quick write-up just for fun



YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

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ianblxdsoe
September 8th 2017


1283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

idk it's okay but XO Tour Liif3 is a banger running for soty rn

ianblxdsoe
September 8th 2017


1283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nothing will ever top The Perfect LUV Tape though

TheMrAlexK
September 8th 2017


8356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man my review for this was so close to being done. Will prob still post it tho.



"It’s unclear why Uzi didn’t make a whole album of songs like "XO TOUR Llif3." He seems to have no awareness when it comes to what makes him good and what makes him bad."



I've seen a lot of people say this and it really irks me to no end fr. Great review otherwise.

ChoccyPhilly
September 8th 2017


11590 Comments


The Way Life Goes is alright but yeah, everything pales to XO Tour. The rest is unbearable

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StarlessCore
September 8th 2017


5147 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i mean how to talk is fuego rest ranges from terribad to bleh



oh the opener is ok too

and xo tour life

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Tunaboy45
September 8th 2017


15496 Comments


This is just baaaad

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ChoccyPhilly
September 8th 2017


11590 Comments


My issue is that the guy has no refinement for some of these songs. 444+222 isn't even that bad but that hook is too fucking repetitive and it encompasses like 70% of the song

ShitsofRain
September 8th 2017


7990 Comments


yeaaaaaaaaaaaah, it's a trebor review

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2017


55218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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ShitsofRain
September 8th 2017


7990 Comments


*wokeuplikethis is my favorite

Evokaphile
September 8th 2017


4675 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the fact people un-ironically enjoy this kind of music absolutely blows my mind.

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anarchistfish
September 8th 2017


25982 Comments


xo tour life was a fluke

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StarlessCore
September 8th 2017


5147 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"the fact people un-ironically enjoy this kind of music absolutely blows my mind."





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ChoccyPhilly
September 8th 2017


11590 Comments


I havent been on sput properly in ages, are we still doing that?

anarchistfish
September 8th 2017


25982 Comments


it has made a comeback

Evokaphile
September 8th 2017


4675 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

conveniently omitting some of my 5's to justify your narrative? Or do you actually half ass everything that hard? Either way, it's hard to argue with your elite taste good sir, so I'll see myself out.

Ryus
September 8th 2017


15083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

of course we are

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superluminals
September 8th 2017


652 Comments


YEAH swag aint going to pay your bills after high school

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Gmork89
September 8th 2017


7281 Comments


"the fact people un-ironically enjoy this kind of music absolutely blows my mind."





5.0 classic

Alcest Écailles de Lune

August Burns Red Rescue & Restore

Chee Fear Monger

Deathspell Omega Paracletus

Deftones Diamond Eyes

Entropia (PL) Ufonaut

Esoteric The Maniacal Vale

Falls of Rauros Vigilance Perennial

Hail Mary Mallon Bestiary

Insomnium Above the Weeping World

Isis Wavering Radiant

Isis Panopticon

Meshuggah obZen

Moonsorrow V: Havitetty

Moonsorrow Verisakeet

The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis




I'm failing to see the irony here.



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