Lil Uzi Vert places a distinct value on style, above all else. Whether it’s rock, heavy metal, rap-driven — it’s not like we don’t believe his interests also lie therein, but he seems to place special importance on the look of things, and the scope of that goes beyond his fashion sense. When he wore baggy, flared and chain-linked black jeans to the Grammys, it was with such aplomb that he pulled it off, where others would have not have even dared to think of such a ‘fit. He will tweet with what seems like a purposeful design of his words: haphazardly placed capital letters, unnecessary spacing, “drawings” created out of punctuation. He cycles through a specific set of emojis, never veering to far away from them. His music is driven by his acute sense of style: melodies and production become the most important elements; these are the components that hit you first, the surface-level (which, ultimately, is what happens when someone has style), before you are even ready to think about the lyrics or the message.
The other day, Uzi revealed new imagery, possibly artwork (the Parental Advisory sticker is all we need) — it was a near replica of Heaven’s Gate cult imagery, with words replaced to fit Uzi’s message. The cult’s original message laid underneath a ‘90s rainbow font and an outer space background. It read: “As was promised – the keys to Heaven’s Gate are here again in Ti and Do (The UFO Two) as they were in Jesus and His Father 2000 yrs. Ago.”
Uzi wrote: “As was promised – the keys to Eternal Atake are here again in Luv and Rage (The UFO Two) as Lil Uzi Vert and His Father 2000 yrs. Ago.”