Hip Hop has been known to take inspiration from a number of sources, but Lil Uzi Vert’s artistic inspiration for his album and single cover art takes its cue from an unlikely source: the Heaven’s Gate cult.
A month after Uzi caught legal flack from the surviving members of the notorious cult for his Heaven’s Gate-inspired cover art for his Eternal Atake album, the “XO Tour Llif3” musician is at it again.
This time around, the cover art for his “New Patek” single appears to also make reference to Heaven’s Gate visually.
Released on Tuesday (September 18), the cover art includes an image of Uzi reaching through a keyhole. The keyhole serves as another symbol associated with Heaven’s Gate.
Page Six recently reached out to reps for the infamous cult to get their take on the latest from Uzi and they revealed that they’re currently working to sort things out with the lyricist.
“Our attorneys are working with him on direct and clear infringement of trademarks, copyrights and use of logo,” a Heaven’s Gate rep said via email. “We are also dealing with expressions of ‘Fair Use’ which is cited when this kind of image is displayed. The artist has to be careful to not make full use of the spirit and meaning of the Group while altering images of it to make it look like he isn’t infringing. We will see what can be sorted out. It is in the hands of attorneys.”
There is still no set release date for Eternal Atake. Stream “New Patek” here.