Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World
The video for the Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World standout "Ps & Qs" is just a few young guys dancing by a pool. They do it really well, and with great enthusiasm. The rest of Lil Uzi Vert's mixtape is just as straightforward: he's a 21-year-old with a gifted voice who just wants to flaunt his immense emerging talent and the stuff he's quickly accumulating. So he does.
Uzi's eagerness is among his most attractive qualities; he wants you to enjoy life as much as he does. Still, he must reconcile that feeling with people trying to take what he's earned ("Money Longer") and own up to personal wrongdoings ("You Was Right"), aka the typical growing pains for a young rapper. But even those troubles don't weigh Uzi down for long. He is not the first young hip-hop artist to try a singsong flow, but he makes his mark with a soothing melodic consistency. As he sing-raps on "Ps & Qs," making his point, "I took what's yours, I made it mine." -Matthew Strauss