Lil Uzi Vert Ascends to Hip-Hop’s Elite Trio with Drake and J. Cole

Lil Uzi Vert Pink Tape, art by Talmage Garn
Lil Uzi Vert | Talmage Garn

Pink Tape Propels Lil Uzi Vert into Hip-Hop’s Big Three

Lil Uzi Vert, the spiky-haired Philadelphia-based rapper, has ascended to an elite echelon of hip-hop artists, joining the ranks of Drake and J. Cole. This triumphant leap comes on the heels of his latest album, Pink Tape, which has garnered significant acclaim and commercial success.

Pink Tape Takes the Top Spot

The release of Pink Tape earlier this month marked a significant milestone in Lil Uzi Vert’s career. The album soared to the top of the Billboard 200, making it the first rap album of 2023 to achieve this feat. This accomplishment also signifies Uzi’s third album to dominate the charts, placing him in the exclusive company of Drake and J. Cole. These three artists share the unique distinction of having each of their studio albums debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200.

Lil Uzi Vert, born Symere Woods, has been a force in the hip-hop scene since his debut mixtape The Real Uzi in 2014. His unique style, blending elements of punk rock with trap, has captivated audiences and critics alike. Listen to “Aye” featuring Travis Scott:


More Music on the Horizon

The success of Pink Tape suggests that fans of Lil Uzi Vert can anticipate more new music in the near future. Shortly after the album’s release, Uzi hinted at releasing an entirely new album rather than a deluxe edition of Pink TapeCheck out a more melodic side of The Pink Tape:

The Elite Trio: Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, J. Cole

Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, is a Canadian rapper and singer known for his smooth vocals and introspective lyrics. He has been a dominant figure in the music industry since his debut album Thank Me Later in 2010.

J. Cole, born Jermaine Cole, is an American rapper and record producer known for his storytelling and social commentary. His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story was released in 2011 and has since been followed by several successful albums.

As we reflect on the year in music, which rap album do you believe was the standout project of the year? And why?

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