Lil Uzi Vert

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Symere Woods is an American rapper and songwriter. He was born on July 31st in 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became famous as Lil Uzi Vert because of his ability to produce rap free styles like a machine gun called Uzi.

Lil Uzi’s career started after he had released a mixtape called Luv Is Rage which helped him get a record deal with Atlantic Records. The first single from the mixtape “Money Longer” got into a Billboard’s Hot 100 chart which was the first time his work was recognized.

His second mixtape Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World was even more successful reaching number 37 on Billbord 200. After that he collaborated with big rap names which helped him become more recognizable. His collaboration with a group Migos on a song “Bad and Boujee” skyrocketed him to number one on Billboard’s chats.

The first single from his debut studio album, “XO Tour Llf3” went to number 7 on a Top 10 chart, while his album became number one on Billboard 200. It was later certified platinum.

Height 5 ft 4 in / 163 cm
Weight 150 lbs / 68 kg
Build Athletic
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown

Early life

Lil Uzi was born on July 31st, 1994 in North Philadelphia, United States. Information about his family is not public. His interest in music and rapping started to develop after he had heard his friend free style over Chris Brown’s instrumental.

He was in 10th grade when he formed a group with his friend William Aston and another classmate, called Steaktown. The group unfortunately didn’t last very long since they departed ways when Uzi was 17.

He went to Sayre High School, but he was transferred many times, attending Camelot, Northeast and Olney High School, as well. Even though he didn’t take his rap career seriously, he dropped out of high school and started to work at a regular job. Such life was quite unusual for him, so he decided to quit after four days. His mom was mad about it and kicked him out of the house, which made Uzi take care of his life by himself.

He decided to become a rap star. His face tattoo is dedicated to that period of his life, symbolically remanding him to have faith in his success. He didn’t want to go the easy way, so he tattooed his face in order to focus on his career since no one would hire him with it.

Influences

Rapping is not Lil Uzi’s first love, which can be seen if we take a look at his musical influences over the years. When he was in his teenage years he would listen to Marilyn Manson, Paramore and My Chemical Romance. Later on, he started to enjoy Wiz Khalifa’s and Meek Mill’s music.

His music reflects his personal style as well. Even though he is a rapper, many critics compare his music to rock because of its melody and nasal vocal tones. He is not a typical rapper that enjoys producing large amounts of words in seconds, but he likes to focus on music and tone of his songs. In a few occasions Uzi has stated that he doesn’t rap because he likes it, but because it brings him money and that’s why he plays with his raps.

Career

Vert had released a single called “White Shit” prior to releasing his debut EP Purple Thoughtz Vol. 1 on January 19th, 2014. On the EP he had focused on the lyrics more than ever before, which caught attention of ASAP Mob.

Thanks to that and his exposure on radio, after DJ Diamond Kuts played his song, a producer Don Cannon decided to produce his first mixtape The Real Uzi which was released on August 5th, 2014. After that he signed a deal with Atlantic Records.

Since then, he collaborated with big rap names like Lil Durk, Rich the Kid, ASAP Ferg and Dej Loaf. 2015 was a good year for Uzi. He released a few songs on SoundCloud with big names and went on Boys of Zummer tour with Wiz Khalifa.

In fall the same year, Uzi released his second mixtape called Luv Is Rage. Rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug were featured on it which made critics and audience give positive reviews to it. That has earned him a title of a breakout artist of 2015 by HotNewHipHop.

In 2016, Vert released his new single called” Money Longer”. That was his first song that became extremely successful. On April the same year, he released his third mixtape called Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World which went on 37th position on Billboard 200 chart.

That was his first mixtape to receive such a success, staying on the chart for 55 weeks and becoming Golden after some time. Two months later, Uzi and Kodak Black went on a joint tour Parental Advisory.

His two singles, “Seven Million” and “Erase Your Social”, which were supposed to announce a new mixtape didn’t do very well on the charts, oppose to his single “Money Longer” which was certified platinum two times. Even though the singles didn’t succeed, Lil Uzi had published his 4th mixtape on his 22nd birthday.

The mixtape, called The Perfect Luv Tape, entered the Billboard 200 album chart and was later labeled Golden. On 23rd November the same year, he released a mixtape featuring Gucci Mane and just a few days after that he announced his fifth mixtape Luv Is Rage 2, which was delayed several times before its release.

At the end of 2016 Uzi collaborated with a group Migos on a song called “Bad and Boujee”. The song received positive reviews getting into Billboard Hot 100 at number one. To this day that is considered to be Uzi’s biggest success.

On February 27th 2017, he released his new EP Luv is Rage 1.5 which was again positively marked. EP was presented as a new side of the rapper because for the first time people could learn about a darker side of him, talking about depression and suicide.

His single from the EP, “XO Tour Llif3” became his highest ranked song, enabling him to go on a tour with Weeknd and it was certified platinum six times. His second single featuring Playboi Carti, “Woke Up Like This” was also labeled platinum after two artists performed it at Coachella that year.

On August 25th, 2017 Lil Uzis first studio album Luv Is Rage 2 was released. The album went at number one on Billboard 200 chart, being certified platinum. Singles like “The Way Life Goes” and “Sauce It Up” were a part of the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Even though Uzi had announced a collaboration with Playboi Carti and a sequel of his tape Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, none of it happened. Instead, Uzi was featured on Nav’s single “Wanted You” that was labeled platinum.

At the end of the same year he collaborated on different projects with Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Migos and Cardi B.

In 2018 Lil Uzi collaborated with Kanye West and Travis Scott on a song called “Watch”. Besides that, he was featured on Playboi’s song “Shoota” and a remix of Lil Tracy’s song called Like a Farmer. All of those projects received positive reviews, entering Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His second studio album is expected to be released at the end of 2018. The first single from the album “New Patek” debuted on September 18th.

Personal Life

Lil Uzi Vert was dating a fashion designer Brittany Byrd from 2014 to 2017. She was his personal stylist. There are rumors that she cheated on him, which could be the reason why the couple broke up after three years of dating. He dedicated many songs to her. She even appeared in a music video for his single “Money Longer”. After the breakup he wrote a song “Stole Your Luv” which talked about their relationship.
Lil Uzi stirred some drama on Instagram when he posted a picture of the two with captions More Than Friends, alluding to them getting back together.

He was friends with late rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. Because of their death he decided to stop taking drugs and funded a campaign which wants to stop gun violence.

A lot of controversy is surrounding him. He is one of few rappers that publicly said they were bisexual. He is also open about his love for Satan, promoting it on his social media and his shows. Uzi has a lot of enemies as well. He is feuding with Don Cannon, DJ Drama, OG Maco, Reese LaFlare and Rich the Kid. All of his feuds had started on social media while most of them almost resulted in physical fights if Uzi was not stopped by the security.

His net worth is estimated at around 5 million dollars.

Facts and Net Worth

Net Worth $5 million
Real Name Symere Woods
Date of Birth July 31st, 1994
Place of Birth Philadelphia
Profession Rapper
Facebook Page Lil Uzi Vert @ Facebook
Instagram Lil Uzi Vert @ Instagram
You Tube Lil Uzi Vert @ Instagram
Twitter Lil Uzi Vert @ Twitter
Sex-orientation Bisexual
Wife Not married
Children 0
Nationality American
Religion Unknown

Discography

  • 2014 The Real Uzi
  • 2015 Luv Is Rage
  • 2016 Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World
  • 2016 The Perfect Luv Tape
  • 2017 Luv Is Rage 2
  • 2018 Eternal Atake
  • 2017 he won an MTV Video Music Award for Song of the Summer with XO Tour Llif3

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