How do you build the perfect hit song? You get a stellar beat and an artist who is not afraid to rap his heart and soul out. XO Tour Llif3 is the kind of song you make when the odds are stacked up against you. The kind of song, you pull out of no where when your world seems to be on the verge of crashing down.
Producer TM88 tells the story of how he received the call from Lil Uzi Vert. He had just lost all his equipment after a gun man opened fire in the baggage claim at an airport he was in. All hell broke loose and his equipment was lost. He pulled a beat, he had done three years ago and used a Beat Pill to deconstruct and reconstruct it for XO Tour Llf3. With a beat so magnetic, all it took was for Lil Uzi Vert to bellow his passionate rap and produce lyrics that screams a story of a relationship on the verge of ruins. Lyrics that sticks in your head. The kind of lyrics you will repeat forever in your head. It hunts you down like a disease, and you will be engulfed in his pain. You will sing and you will cry, “All my friends are dead, push me to the edge.” TM88 joked that he didn’t understand why that lyric stuck in everyone’s head, but that’s all he hears fans screaming when the song plays.
Lil Uzi Vert whose influence in music ranges from Marilyn Manson to Kanye West is here to bring in the new Hip Hop generation. It is a brand of Hip Hop that is not afraid to innovate. Growing up in Philadelphia, Lil Uzi Vert knows that if you made it there, you can make it anywhere.
He talks about dropping out of school to focus on music, and being kicked out by his mom. He was a stock boy at a Dollar Store. He takes life in the moment. He admits Kanye West’s 808 album changed his life and Robocop was his favorite track.
Lil Uzi Vert tells a story of a girl cornered and having nothing to lose. Is he rapping about cheating? Is it about lies? Is it about the struggles of doing drugs and the emotional pain that accompanies it? Whatever it is, with an addictive beat and a vocals that is not afraid to show vulnerability, “XO Tour Llif3 is the Song of the Summer and it should be pushing it’s way all the way to the top.
Written by Ricardo Williams
Author of “Unchained Mind.”