Who Is Lil Uzi Vert? Longtime Rapper Goes Viral After He Drops 'Eternal Atake' — Watch

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Who Is Lil Uzi Vert? Longtime Rapper Goes Viral After He Drops 'Eternal Atake' — Watch
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Symere Woods is a true modern American success story. At just 25 years old, the rapper known as Lil Uzi Vert has shown that being a worldwide success is, indeed, possible simply by being good at what one does. 

Thanks to the overwhelming success of his first mixtape called Luv is Rage, which was released back in 2015, he secured himself a major label deal with Atlantic Records and a cult-like following seemingly overnight. And, two years after his debut album — with nary a leak or a preview song in sight in those two years — he shocked the world by dropping his new album, Eternal Atake, a week earlier than anticipated. 

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So, who is Lil Uzi Vert? Let's look at what we know about this seemingly overnight sensation. 

1. Who is Lil Uzi Vert? He's a native of Philadelphia.

Lil Uzi Vert was born in 1994 in Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood. Raised by a single mother, Lil Uzi Vert also cited many rappers as his inspiration, including Mike Jones and the Ying Yang Twins, and said that Jones' debut album was the first record he ever bought.

2. He's a fan of Marilyn Manson.

Unlike most rappers, Lil Uzi Vert has some very diverse musical tastes. In addition to being a fan of rap music, he's also a fan of rock bands as well. Though he says he's a fan of bands like Paramore, Smash Mouth, and My Chemical Romance, he says he's the biggest fan of Marilyn Manson. He also says that Manson's Mechanical Animals is his favorite album of all time. 

3. He was rumored to be a Satanist.

Unfortunately, Lil Uzi Vert's love for Marilyn Manson's music has led to some people speculating that he is, in fact, a Satanist. He didn't exactly help those rumors when he told his audience at a concert of his that they were "going to hell with him," of course, but battle rapper Daylyt helped further fuel the rumors when he kept claiming that Lil Uzi Vert's "Satanic rituals" have been getting him kicked off of Instagram. Even Offset of Migos — Cardi B's husband — expressed concern about the upside-down cross that Lil Uzi Vert wears.

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4. He didn't want to be a rapper at first.

At the beginning of his rap career, Lil Uzi Vert says that he didn't take the job seriously. He said that he would only rap "for money" and that it was a quick way to make a buck, which is why it appealed to him.

5. But he began taking his rap career seriously after his mother threw him out of the family home. 

“I had a job for f**king four days. I couldn’t do it. I’m not normal. I was in there just thinking, Why am I doing this? I left my mom’s house and got the word “Faith” inscribed just below my hairline. It was like, If I get this face tattoo, I got to focus,” he said. “I can’t go in nobody’s office with a suit on with this s**t on my face. I got to focus on what I want to do.”

6. Lil Uzi Vert dropped Eternal Atake on March 6, 2020, and instantly became a viral trending topic on Twitter.

On March 6, 2020, Lil Uzi Vert dropped Eternal Atake — his sophomore album — one week earlier than he initially planned. The album almost immediately became a viral trending topic on Twitter. He initially announced the album back in 2018 but didn't even release any preview tracks or any other type of "leak" until March 6th, 2020. The announcement, which featured a preview of Eternal Atake's cover art, was thought to make reference to the Heaven's Gate cult.

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, publicist, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, BET.com, and more.