Lil Uzi Vert, the American rapper and singer, has released his third studio album titled “Pink Tape” on June 30, 2023. This highly anticipated album was released through Generation Now and Atlantic Records, following the artist’s extended play “Red & White” in 2022. The album’s lead single, “Just Wanna Rock”, made a considerable impact, securing a position in the top 10 charts of 2022. To further enhance the album’s appeal, it includes collaborations with acclaimed artists such as Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Toliver, and Babymetal.
Background of Pink Tape
The album was first teased by Lil Uzi Vert back in December 2020 during a two-hour-long Instagram Live session. It was here that Uzi previewed unreleased music and revealed plans to drop a mixtape exclusively on SoundCloud. The title, “Pink Tape”, was unveiled to the public through an Instagram post on July 16, 2021. This title may potentially be a reference to the $24 million pink diamond the artist had pierced into his forehead in February 2021.
While attending a friend’s wedding on October 9, 2021, Uzi revealed to a fan that the tape would be released before Halloween. However, he later retracted this statement, explaining that he wanted to take his time with the project to ensure it met the fans’ expectations. In an interaction with fans on the street, Uzi stated:
“No, it’s not [dropping next week]. Then it drop next week, and then it sounds like shit, and I gotta hear from like one-hundred-thousand people on the Internet, ‘This sucks!’ So you gotta let me take my time… I’m taking my time so it won’t suck.”
Later, on December 2, 2021, Uzi appeared on a live stream with Kai Cenat, where he confirmed that the album would be completed that same night. DJ Drama, a Philadelphia native, suggested that the album was in its final stages and mentioned that over 680 songs were contenders for the album’s tracklist.
The final release date was confirmed in June 2023, and on the 17th of the month, Uzi posted an alternate cover art for the project on Instagram. Through another Instagram live session with Kai Cenat on June 18, Uzi provided updates regarding the album’s rollout and tracklisting. He revealed that the album would feature twenty-six songs, including “Just Wanna Rock”, and two bonus tracks that held special significance to him.
On June 26, 2023, Uzi revealed the cover art and the release date on their website, simultaneously releasing a trailer for the album directed by Gibson Hazard to build anticipation leading up to it.
Track Listing and Collaborations
“Pink Tape” comprises twenty-six tracks, each with its unique blend of lyrical ingenuity and musical diversity. The album opens with “Flooded the Face”, produced by Don Cannon and Harold Harper. It’s followed by “Suicide Doors”, a collaboration with Brandon Finessin, Arca, Leqn, and Yugen. The third track, “Aye”, introduces the first of the album’s guest appearances, featuring Travis Scott and produced by BNYX.
Track four, “Crush Em”, sees Uzi collaborate with Oogie Mane, Cubeatz, and several other artists. “Amped”, the fifth track, features a large production team, including Bugz Ronin, 1wakeupp, Jkari, Zkup, Landers, and TP13. Other notable tracks include “X2”,
“Died and Came Back”, “Spin Again”, “That Fiya”, and “I Gotta”.
The eleventh track, “Endless Fashion”, marks the entry of Nicki Minaj, further enhancing the album’s star power. Other notable guest appearances include Bring Me the Horizon on “Werewolf”, Don Toliver on “Patience”, and Babymetal on “The End”.
The album concludes with three bonus tracks, “Zoom”, “Of Course”, and “Shardai”, adding a final touch to the project’s extensive catalog. These tracks, just like the rest of the album, showcase a wide variety of producers and writers, reflecting the collaborative spirit that characterizes Lil Uzi Vert’s approach to music creation.
The tracklist includes:
- Flooded the Face
- Suicide Doors
- Aye (featuring Travis Scott)
- Crush Em
- Died and Came Back
- Spin Again
- That Fiya
- I Gotta
- Endless Fashion (featuring Nicki Minaj)
- Mama, I’m Sorry
- All Alone
- Just Wanna Rock
- Fire Alarm
- Werewolf (featuring Bring Me the Horizon)
- Pluto to Mars
- Patience (featuring Don Toliver)
- Days Come and Go
- The End (featuring Babymetal)
- Zoom (bonus track)
- Of Course (bonus track)
- Shardai (bonus track)