Anyone who’s been following the career of “XO TOUR Llif3” architect Lil Uzi Vert knows delays are to be expected — as in the case of Luv Is Rage 2.
But after waiting almost a year-and-a- half for his new project Eternal Atake (which was originally expected by the end of 2018), fans were blindsided on Friday (January 11) after Uzi announced via Instagram he was stepping away from music and had deleted everything he recorded.
“I wanna take the time to say thank you to each and every one of my supporters but I’m done with music,” he wrote. “I deleted everything, I wanna be normal … I wanna wake up in 2013.”
LIL UZI VERT SAYS HE IS QUITTING MUSIC pic.twitter.com/AWuBVbVtv5
— OG LUVTheAlbum (@LUVTheAlbumOG) January 12, 2019
Upon hearing the news, his fans were gutted. Not only were they were losing Uzi, but the music they’d been patiently waiting for was gone.
"Lil Uzi Vert announces he's stepping away from music"
— Xanny DeVito (@Woke_Bloke) January 12, 2019
*Lil Uzi Vert quits music*
— R I P A L D I (@RIPLDI) January 12, 2019
So Lil Uzi Vert just quit? Ok… pic.twitter.com/YLzKjF8LYu
— Deadpoolachu (@Henry_Has_It) January 12, 2019
the world if lil uzi vert stops making music pic.twitter.com/Zf1CeOotog
— tizzey (@YaBoyGoobster) January 12, 2019
LIL UZI VERT SAID HE DELETED ALL HIS MUSIC IS HE FUCKING JOKING pic.twitter.com/hBCl7nBnNA
— zina ? (@lmtwy) January 12, 2019
Lil Uzi Vert: I’m going to delete my music. So Eternal Atake won’t ever drop.
— sargentwonda (@sargentwondaa) January 12, 2019
Lil uzi vert fans after seeing his story pic.twitter.com/kC0FOLCfzd
— boop (@boopdotjpg) January 12, 2019
While it’s highly unlikely Uzi was in possession of a lone master copy of Eternal Atake, his early retirement does put the fate of the project in jeopardy.
His recent verse on Shabazz PBG’s “Shells” suggested he was actively trying to get out of his deal with Atlantic Records — even making an allusion to Mase‘s Bad Boy departure.
Rapper retirements (outside of Joe Budden) rarely seem to stick, so, for now, fans will have to just wait and see how it plays out.
????? RT @uziupdatess: lil uzi vert just unlocked a whole new flow ?? pic.twitter.com/DX7Z99zHgg
— Arkelly (@ToCatchADavid) January 5, 2019