Album Review: LUV Is Rage 2

After blowing up and topping charts with “XO Tour Llif3,” Lil Uzi Vert dropped his debut album LUV Is Rage 2 with Atlantic Records. Here is the Underground Flux review of the 16-track project with the album’s top songs, notable lyrics, along with an analysis on the rapper’s growth.

CONTEXT

After months of anticipation, LUV Is Rage 2 was released with an impressive outcome. The album is a masterpiece, really. It’s packed with songs that can be blasted at a party, while at the same time being able to lay down and vibe to by yourself.

Looking back at his previous mixtapes and songs, Uzi has shown massive improvement. From poorly-mixed instrumentals and songs with low replay value, his presence has become serious. Instead of regurgitating a generic trap beat with bad lyricism, Lil Uzi gives us surprisingly killer tracks. While the lyricism still is not mind blowing, it has certainly become funnier and more unique.

I don’t want that girl she moody
Iโ€™m basically saying Iโ€™m cooler
Get Dior discounts from my cougar
Back in the six-grade I got them bad grades
I was in love with my tutor

The high quality, however, is not consistent throughout the entire project. Because of that, I like to divide the album into two parts–the first one ranging from the intro to “Neon Guts (feat. Pharrell Williams),” and the second from “Pretty Mami” to “Dark Queen.”

The first part is exhilarating with fun instrumentals and lyrics. On the other hand, the second part takes a downfall. It feels like the energy has died and Lil Uzi takes a more moody approach to the songs. He uses his raw vocals excessively which can sound very annoying when a good instrumental isn’t there to make up for it.

Now, as he gears up to take over the trap game and become the face of the genre, the creativity and energy on LUV Is Rage 2 certifies him as a top-tier artist.

TOP HITS

1. “Feelings Mutual”

This is hands-down one of Uzi’s best tracks ever. The simple notes that resemble trumpets kick off from the beginning while he monologues. Afterwards, the tempo picks up as he delivers the chorus and the drums go in perfectly with the sample. It also doesn’t stay constant throughout, which is a good thing because the switch keeps the listener on top of his feet wondering what is next.

My main girl a doctor, my side girl a nurse […]
Her boyfriend hate my “Bad And Boujee” verse
She gave me head so I called her a nerd

2. “Neon Guts (feat. Pharrell Williams)”

First off, this Pharrell x Lil Uzi feature really reminded me of the Chance the Rapper x Kanye West feature on “Ultralight Beam” in that a young upcoming star (Uzi and Chance) collaborated with a hip hop mogul (Pharrell and Kanye).

Aside from that, the track was incredible. With the intriguing lyricism and well-produced beat, Lil Uzi and Pharrell matched extremely well considering their completely different styles. Also, the constant reference to Elon Musk in the chorus was really interesting. For those who don’t know, he’s an entrepreneur who works with aerospace engineering, automobile advancement, solar power, and a variety of other things. When a Uzi and Pharrel talk about him, they make references to his field with the verses:

Higher than Elon Musk
So high stars eat our dust

3. “For Real”

Amazing production and exhilarating track as a whole. Aside from the clever use of the homophone between “for real” and “Pharrell,” Lil Uzi packs the track with a crazy flow full of emotions and thrill. This vibrancy matched well with the song’s production and made the track as a whole a lot better.

That’s because her head the meanest
You heard that I am from Mars
I heard that you was from Venus […]
For real, for real?
All of my diamonds for real, different color like Pharrell’s

4. “444+222”

It won’t be long before everyone begins to blast “444+222” all the time in clubs. It’s a party banger right off the top, and that’s not the song’s only quality. It’s full of other intricacies.

One of them is the result of the addition of the two numbers, 666. This has led many fans to think that Lil Uzi Vert is promoting satanism or some kind of support towards the devil. It’s all speculation so far though. Also, the album’s second art cover features him with devil wings, further raising suspicions.

5. “The Way Life Goes”

Beautiful song full of emotions. It’s also extremely motivational for people who have lost hope or are struggling with depression.

Lil Uzi displays extreme compassion and pours his heart out on the chorus. The lyrics are encouraging and inspiring while being hyped at the same time.

It’s unique because while is addresses sad topics, he still builds up excitement towards the end of the track with trilling bars. To make the track even better, Nicki Minaj has recently stated she wants to get on a remix with this song, so be on the look out for that.

She smiling happy but I’m laughing ’cause her man a lame
(broke boi, broke boi, broke boi, broke boi) […]
Gave me brain, was so insane that I made her my header
If she ever call my phone you know I gotta dead her
But I like that girl too much, I wish I never met her

CONCLUSION

Overall, LUV Is Rage 2 is Uzi’s best project so far because of its great lyricism, high replay value, and masterful production. The energy put off on this album was an explosion of different feelings. In the beginning you’d feel hyped for a party at “444+222,” a bit more sad at “The Way Life Goes,” and then fall in love at “Pretty Mami.”

Stay on the lookout for Lil Uzi Vert’s come up from here on out. The excellence in LUV Is Rage 2 shows he has come to say and become the new face of the youth and modern trap hip hop.

Lil Uzi Vert is very active on his Instagram and Twitter pages, so you can stay on the lookout for new projects and keep up with the rest of his work there.

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