For his recent cover story, Lil Uzi Vert spoke to GQ about some of their early influences. The artist revealed that Chance the Rapperâ€™s critically acclaimed second mixtape, Acid Rap, had a major impact on them. â€œIt was so weird to me,â€ they said of the 2013 mixtape, â€œI didnâ€™t understand how he was taking tones of music that I really donâ€™t like but making me like them.â€
Itâ€™s no doubt that Uzi could have drawn some inspiration from Chance the Rapper. Earlier this year, Chance discussed the impact of Acid Rap, calling the tape the â€œblueprint for that midwest soundâ€ that lives on today. â€œI think youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find somebody thatâ€™s a year or two younger than me that wasnâ€™t influenced byÂ Acid Rap,â€ he explained, â€œeven if they werenâ€™t from the midwest. Jack Harlow, [Lil] Uzi Vert.Â People that are from opposite coasts and from other places still tell me, like, what the album meant to them at that time.â€
Lil Uzi Vert Says Chance The Rapper Influenced Them
Acid Rap was certainly groundbreaking for itâ€™s time, and Lil Uzi Vert is no stranger to pushing boundaries themselves. The artist just recently released their third studio album, Pink Tape. The LP has been a massive commercial success thus far. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was the first rap album of the year to hit No. 1. The new LP also boasts various high-profile features. It includes the stylings of Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Don Toliver, and more.
Though most fans are loving the new album, Lil Uzi Vert received some pushback for the experimentation they did on Pink Tape. Joe Budden weighed in at the end of last month, calling the effort â€œa crock of sh*t.â€ Budden went on to explain, â€œThis is the product that youâ€™re selling. If the plumber come over to fix some sh*t, and wanna try out some new methods, you shouldâ€™ve did that shit before you got here. Once youâ€™re here to do the service, fix the sh*t. Donâ€™t experiment.â€