By Cody Foster
In Autumn of 2015, rapper Lil Uzi Vert dropped his debut mixtape: LUV is Rage which had songs such as, “7AM” and “Top”. This mixtape caused him to be propelled into the spotlight of the rap scene. Then, in Spring of 2016, Lil Uzi dropped his highly-anticipated Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World mixtape, which had hit songs “You Was Right,” “Baby Are You Home,” and “Money Longer”. Then came The Perfect LUV Tape in Autumn of 2016 which did not really do much for his career except showcase his versatility through the song “Erase Your Social”. After that point, there was a long wait for his debut album, LUV is Rage 2, which continued to get postponed but was finally released in August of 2017. This album propelled him into superstardom with his chart-topping songs “Sauce It Up,” “The Way Life Goes (Ft. Oh Wonder),” and most popular “XO Tour Llif3”.
It has now been over a year since LUV is Rage 2 dropped and all that we have gotten from Lil Uzi -music-wise- has been his song “New Patek”. For the past few months, Lil Uzi has been teasing his next album: Eternal Atake but it keeps getting delayed which creates the question: why?
According to Lil Uzi’s label head, Don Cannon, he makes an excess of 700 songs a year, so why are they never released? There are a variety of theories from Don Cannon shelving (not allowing his music to ever release i.e. Birdman not allowing Tha Carter V to drop) Lil Uzi because of a contract deal to Lil Uzi voluntarily refusing to do so. However, the real reason is something that plagues many rappers and was the reason LUV is Rage 2 continued to get pushed back: music leaks.
Every popular rapper gets affected by music leaks, and they cause the official music to be postponed. The artist has to create whole new songs in order to not detract people’s focus on the album because they have already heard the music. The more music that gets leaked, the longer the wait is for an official project. It is as simple as that. Lil Uzi is my favorite rapper and I cannot wait for Eternal Atake to drop, but I do actually want it to eventually drop; therefore, I do not acknowledge leaks. If you want to listen to someone’s new music, wait for it to drop so that you do not negatively affect the artist and cause the music to be stuck in a bottomless pit of new release dates.