Lil Uzi Vert quits music

By Peter Zemeske

Rapper Symere Woods, better known as Lil Uzi Vert, announced Jan. 11 he will quit making music, according to his Instagram account. “I wanna take the time out to say I thank each and every one of my supporters, but I’m done with music,” Woods said on the now-deleted Instagram story. “I deleted everything. I want to be normal. I want to wake up in 2013.”

The rap star deleted all music related posts from his Instagram account, leaving only selfies on the platform. It is rumoured Woods may have also ceased production on his sophomore album, “Eternal Atake,” which was set to be released in 2019. No comment has been made about the album’s status since his announced retirement. Speculations about how this may be a promotional move to support “Eternal Atake” are floating around the internet.

2013 was one year before Woods found fame when he released his debut mixtape, “The Real Uzi,” Aug. 5, 2014, explaining the meaning behind his Instagram statement. Woods has experienced a rise in fame since “The Real Uzi,” leading to his signing with Atlantic Records.

His second and third mixtapes, “Luv Is Rage” released Oct. 30, 2015 and “Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World,” released Apr. 15, 2016 continued his streak of success, with the latter reaching number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart and later being certified Gold, according to Billboard.

Woods saw another sharp rise in popularity when he was featured on the Migos track “Bad and Boujee,” released Oct. 28, 2016. The track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and sparked virality on the internet throughout 2017. His debut album, “Luv Is Rage 2,” released Aug. 25, 2017 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and contained mega-hits like “XO Tour Llif3” peaking at number 7 May 2017 and “The Way Life Goes” peaking at number 24 Dec. 2017.”

Woods may come back to make make music soon; artists have pulled similar stunts only to release music soon after retiring, such as Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Woods “retirement” from music has his fans wondering what the future will look like, although it is unlikely an artist of Woods’ status would walk away from fame amidst the hype he is receiving.