Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper and songwriter who got his big break in 2016 thanks to the success of his debut single “Money Longer”. Like Lil Yachty and 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert got featured on XXL mag’s 2016 Freshman list which ranks fast-rising rap stars. Uzi Vert has scored at least 3 Hot 100 songs, including “Bad and Boujee” with Migos which peaked at the #1 spot. His achievements were also enough to get him the attention of Forbes who named him in their list of 2017 Hip-Hop Cash Prince. According to the magazine, Lil Uzi Vert makes as much as $60,000 per show.
Lil Uzi Vert’s Real Name and Details of His Early Life
Lil Uzi Vert was born as Symere Woods on July 31, 1994, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Francisville neighborhood of North Philly where he schooled. As a student, Uzi worked part-time as a stock person at Bottom Dollar. However, after just four days into the job, he quit and subsequently dropped out of high school. Since attending school was the only way to avoid getting kicked out by his mom, Uzi left the house after dropping out in 2012.
To keep himself focused on chasing a rap career and eliminate the possibility of changing his mind, Uzi got a tattoo inked on his face with the thought that no corporate body would take a face-tattooed young man seriously.
After roughly a year as an underground artist, Uzi’s eponymous single caught the attention of Philly ace producer Don Cannon. Don Cannon then introduced him to DJ Drama before both producers decided to sign him to their Generation Now label, an imprint of Atlantic Records. Uzi’s first major break came when he was featured on “WDYW” produced by DJ Carnage and featuring A$AP Ferg and Rich the Kid.
Here’s How He Got His Stage Name
Thanks to the way he raps, Lil Uzi Vert got his stage name. Originally, he was performing under the moniker Vert, an abridged form for Vertical. He later prefixed Vert with Lil Uzi when he was inspired by a friend who complimented him saying: “You rap fast, man. Like a little machine gun”. From what we gathered, “Uzi” is a family of Israeli open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns that fire quickly. Thus, his name became Lil Uzi Vert. One interesting fact about the name is that his friend who inspired him to choose the moniker doesn’t even know that he contributed to the name Uzi bears today.
Uzi is not the only rapper whose name came from their unique pace of rapping. Many others got their stage identities through a defining feature; a good example is Machine Gun Kelly also called Colson Baker; he got the name as a result of his rapid-fire pace of rapping.
Despite the fame and popularity that follows his name, Lil Uzi Vert seems not to be satisfied with the way his life is going. The rapper alarmed fans when he took to Instagram in January 2019 to announce his intension to quit music and delete his songs entirely. According to the entertainer, the time has come to revert to his former life because he wants to be normal. He wished he could just sleep and wake up in 2013 as Symere Woods.
People That Influenced Lil Uzi Vert’s Unique Style of Music
Quite surprising for a rapper, Uzi Vert’s number one influence is the rock legend, Marilyn Manson. Mason is the only one Uzi follows on Instagram. While it is obvious that the rock legend has something to do with the rapper’s musical style, Uzi has also admitted that other musicians who influenced him include Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Lil Wayne.
Lil Uzi Vert was able to take the music scene by storm thanks to his style of music that is unique. Though he is just into rapping, the distinctiveness of his style sets him apart from other rappers, thanks to his fast pace rapping abilities. Also, his style is comparable to rock music and he has often been described as a lo-fi hip-hop artist. Lo-fi hip-hop is a genre that revolves around creating songs that are a fusion of jazz elements and traditional hip-hop.
Thanks to his creativity which birthed his unique style of music, it was easy for Uzi to become relevant in the industry. His mixtape “Luv Is Rage” (2015) included a track that featured his fellow Philly star and idol, Wiz Khalifa. Despite the big feature, it was Uzi’s second mixtape “Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World” (2016) that took the rap scene by storm. The mixtape peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 and produced the platinum-certified single, Money Longer, which peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.
His follow up mixtape titled “The Perfect Luv Tape” (2016) generated enough buzz to make him Soundcloud’s most-followed artist by the end of 2016. Released on his 22nd birthday, the mixtape included a track that featured Future. In 2017, Uzi achieved two top 10 Hot 100 tracks. He featured on Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” which peaked at #1 on the Hot 100, his first as a featured artist. His single “XO TOUR Llif3” released in April 2017 broke the internet and peaked at #8 on the Hot 100.
The Rapper Has Been with Brittany Byrd and DreamDoll
Brittany Byrd and Uzi were once an item and their relationship wasn’t a secret as the rapper was fond of sharing her pictures online. She is a Los Angeles native who dropped out of Parsons School of Design. It was while she was still a student of the school that Uzi came into her life.
The duo started dating in 2014, and Byrd who is also one of the rapper’s fans seemed to hold a very strong appeal for him. The rap artist first referred to his lady love in “Nuyork Nights at 21”. After that, he composed several songs about her and the designer even appeared in the music video of Money Longer.
Unfortunately, their dalliance hit the rocks three years later. Lil Uzi confirmed this in his song “Stole Your Luv.”
Not long after he broke up with Brittany Byrd, Lil Uzi Vert was romantically linked to DreamDoll; it is believed that what they had lasted from 2017 to 2018. DreamDoll is an American rapper and her real name is Tabatha Robinson. Born and bred in The Bronx, New York, she came to the limelight after she made an appearance in Bad Girls Club on Oxygen.