Artist of the Week: Lil Uzi Vert

The‭ ‬22-year old‭ ‬North‭ ‬Philadelphia native‭ ‬has become a prominent name in hip-hop industry after releasing several mixtapes and assisting Migos on‭ '‬Bad and Boujee'.

AceShowbiz - As one of the biggest faces in the new age of hip-hop, %cLil Uzi Vert% gained his stage name from his signature rapid delivery. Born Symere Woods, the teenage spitter began his rapping career by being featured on some of %cDJ Diamond Kuts%' tracks. He shot to fame after he released a track called "Dej Loaf" in 2015.

In the same year, his talent was discovered by Don Cannon, who later led him to a major record deal with Cannon's label, Generation Now, and Atlantic Records. Following the record deal, he grabbed a lot of attention from fellow hip-hop musicians after he lent his voice on %cCarnage%'s track "WDYW" along with fellow rappers %cA$AP Ferg% and %cRich The Kid%.

By the end of 2015, Uzi Vert took his career to the next level by releasing his third mixtape "Luv Is Rage" which boasts appearances from %cWiz Khalifa% and %cYoung Thug%. His fourth mixtape "Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World" was released in the following year, and debuted on the top 50 on Billboard 200 with two tracks of the set, "You Was Right" and "Money Longer", bowed at Billboard Hot 100. The fifth mixtape "The Perfect Luv Tape" was released shortly after in July 2016.

Uzi Vert seemed to shine the brightest in 2016. Complex called the rapper "one of those names to pay attention to in 2016." Also in that year, Uzi Vert nabbed his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single for his collaborative track with hip-hop group %cMigos%, "Bad and Boujee". The viral hit also marked his highest charting single.

Uzi Vert is currently on the road for his extensive North American tour, which will end in Chicago, Illinois on August 2. He is also nominated on three categories at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. One category for Top Rap Artist, and two categories, Top Rap Song and Top Rap Collaboration, for "Bad and Boujee". He will reportedly release his sixth mixtape "Luv Is Rage 2" later this year.

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