Was the hype for Eternal Atake in vain?

Last week, on March 6th of 2020, Lil’ Uzi Vert finally dropped the highly anticipated “Eternal Atake” after about two and a half years. Featuring his two most recent singles, “Futsal Shuffle” and “That Way”. All the songs are dominated by Uzi, except for “Urgency,” where Syd (lead singer from The Internet) is featured. Beats and productions by Wheezy, Brandon Finessin, Chief Keef to name a notable few. 

For the devoted followers of Lil Uzi Vert, I would say that this is a worthy addition to his musical lineup that is LUV Is Rage 1 and 2, The Perfect LUV tape, and Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World. All the production within this album fits with the same spacey vibe he envisioned for this project, and he brought alongside this album the same carefree and eccentric energy he had throughout his other projects. Although I would credit the same energy to the reason why “Eternal Atake” is a bit of a drag to listen to. 

Starting off with the production of this album, it’s safe to say that the production is pretty on point when it comes to achieving the desirable spacey, futuristic effect that contributes to the recurring theme of this album. There are many fun little samples in the album, the two most obvious being the Space Cadet Pinball (a virtual pinball game that came installed on Windows XP) sample, and the “Way Back” sample that Travis Scott cleared for the song “Prices”.

The lyrical content is somewhat run off the mill, although there are songs where the lines are funny. Reflect and ask yourself whether the lines are funny because they’re smart or because they’re dumb, like on the song “POP” where Uzi just repeated “BALENCI” 15 times in total. Sure this makes for some funny or hyped moments, but does that really add anything substantial to the song?

There are a few songs on there that I would listen to over and over again though. For example, the sample for “Prices” fits the theme perfectly, and the instrumental to that song is incredibly infectious. The flow in “Silly Watch” was memorable and catchy, and Uzi sounds like he was really enjoying the more aggressive side of his music in this song. The two singles “That Way” and “Futsal Shuffle 2020” that were included in the latter section of the album are also very good. 

At the end of the day, Lil Uzi Vert’s newest album, “Eternal Atake” is a good addition to his discography. Although I wouldn’t say it’s anything really revolutionary or particularly unique when you compare it to his earlier works. It’s really just a trap album with nice production, infectious energy, and silly, humourous lyrics that (in my opinion) ultimately comes off as lazy. 

Personally, I’d give it a 6.5/10