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80
XXL

Despite the long-winded nature of the album, Uzi definitely got it right with Luv Is Rage 2. The songs are catchy, the beats are hot and Uzi gives a vocal performance that redefines the term rap rock star. He still might be searching for his magnum opus album but if he keeps putting out projects like this, and growing along the way, Uzi will find his classic sooner rather than later.

78
GIGsoup

The Philadelphia native was always known for his catchy hooks, but on this record he pushes his sound to more mainstream levels.

77
Pitchfork

Uzi’s latest project comes very close to delivering on the chaotic, sublime promise of “XO Tour Llif3.” It’s the Philly rapper’s most musically developed work to date.

75
Consequence of Sound

Nearly every song on Luv Is Rage 2 comes with a distinct enough hook to break up the limited set of things it does and subjects it ponders.

74
HipHopDX
The album finds him almost completely ignoring traditional lyricism in favor of warbling emotion, with the result being a sometimes-messy affair that nevertheless maintains a colorful vibe.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes
The breadth of sounds covered will scan as inconsistency to all but the most pious Uzi devotees, but it’s hard to imagine anything else serving as a more comprehensive document of rap in 2017.
70
AllMusic
Although Uzi's post-breakup pain rears its head throughout the entirety of the album, many of the tracks are too fun to get too bogged down in emotions.
60
Sputnikmusic

A lot of tracks start off OK, but his flow and style are so unfocused and muddled the songs become a chore to sit through.

30
The Needle Drop

Lil Uzi Vert's debut studio album is the musical equivalent to binge eating Sour Patch Kids.

lemuriams
67

Please delete The Needle Drop from reviewers.

exception
14

Intolerable pop trap. More ad-libs than bars, generic beats, and literally nothing that makes this album stand out, yet again I am dumbfounded by the fact that Lil Uzi Vert is possibly the most popular rapper in the mainstream. He cannot rap and has the emptiest lyrics possible. Sure, he is listened to "for the vibes" but I am yet to find something that is unique or interesting in Uzi's music.

Scre4meh
82

💜PURPLE HEARTS #7💜

"When I was small, mama made me tall" is one of the most heartfelt lines that Uzi ever wrote in his career.

"Luv Is Rage 2", the sequel to the tape, is Uzi's mainstream and studio debut album, with some of his most polished work yet that perfectly depicts his colorful persona and style, as well as more singing tracks that i hoped for. It's spacey and really atmospheric, offering some of his more psychedelic styles of songs, which are definetly the ... read more

80

This album is full of catchy bars and beats, and is really fun to listen to.
Best Song: The Way Life Goes

myles888
77

I wasn't expecting much from "Luv Is Rage 2" after the alright first installment in the series, but Lil Uzi Vert shows some of his best abilities to create hits.

Two® - 7.5
444+222 - 7.4
Sauce It Up - 7.8
No Sleep Leak - 7.6
The Way Life Goes (feat. Oh Wonder) - 8.7
For Real - 7.4
Feelings Mutual - 7.7
Neon Guts (feat. Pharrell Williams) - 8.0
Early 20 Rager - 7.3
UnFazed (feat. The Weeknd) - 7.9
Pretty Mami - 7.4
How to Talk - 7.3
X - 7.6
Malfunction - 6.8
Dark Queen - 8.2
XO ... read more

CamLikesMusic
76

Favourite: XO Tour Llif3
Worst: Pretty Mami
1. Two® - 8
[Really good production, great work done on the vocals. Lyrics can be a bit questionable at times but it's fun so I'll let it pass]

2. 444+222 - 8
[I really like the concept of this track, really creative and a fun track]

3. Sauce It Up - 8
[Another really fun track, something I defo can't relate to lol]

4. No Sleep Leak - 6
[I mean it's ok I guess, nothing really sticks out maybe production's best feature?]

5. The Way Life Goes - ... read more

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Track List

1Two®
3:05
72
2444+222
4:07
81
3Sauce It Up
3:27
81
4No Sleep Leak
3:09
72
5The Way Life Goes
3:41
feat. Oh Wonder
89
6For Real
2:57
74
7Feelings Mutual
3:53
75
8Neon Guts
4:18
85
9Early 20 Rager
4:34
70
10UnFazed
3:10
75
11Pretty Mami
4:24
64
12How to Talk
3:21
67
13X
2:53
70
14Malfunction
3:19
65
15Dark Queen
2:53
79
16XO Tour Llif3
3:02
95
Total Length: 56 minutes

Year End Lists

#8/Complex
#8/Rap-Up
#11/Fuse
#11/Highsnobiety
#13/Billboard
#22/NPR Music
#51/Noisey
#76/Les Inrocks
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Added on: August 24, 2017