While a rumored release date of December came and went, Uzi promised in an Instagram group chat that the project is dropping next month and will be devoid of any “mid” material.
“That’s why I’m dropping February,” they declared in a screenshot of the chat that surfaced online. “New shit new sound no mid.”
Lil Uzi Vert confirms “Pink Tape” is dropping in February 👀🛸 pic.twitter.com/k4MEA4Zssk
— Kurrco (@Kurrco) January 3, 2023
It’s been a long road since Lil Uzi’s last project, Eternal Atake, arrived nearly three years ago in March 2020.
Uzi’s most recent single, “Just Wanna Rock” reached another sales milestone last month as it crossed one million units in the U.S., making it eligible for platinum certification after less than three months.
The Jersey Club-inspired track is also still holding strong on the Billboard Hot 100, sitting at No. 53 on the chart this week.
The 27-year-old celebrated the accomplishment by preaching individuality to their fans. “Never let them get in Your head BE YOU,” they wrote alongside a brain and heart emoji in an Instagram Story.
As for The Pink Tape, Lil Uzi Vert has been dropping hints for over a year and a half. He revealed at the re-opening of JAY-Z’s 40/40 Club in August 2021 that the album was in the process of being mixed.
“Well, it’s going through its mixing process right now,” they told HipHopDX. “Because last time I dropped an album, it did really well. It was actually my highest-selling album, but it was experimental on the mixing part, not the actual music, so this time I went experimental with the music and traditional on the mixing.”
Uzi’s longtime collaborator Don Cannon provided another update in September 2022 when he previewed Uzi’s forthcoming single “Stevie Wonder” on Twitch and revealed the Generation Now rapper will be riding solo as the album contains zero guest appearances.
Cannon also revealed he’ll be handling mixing duties, not K. Lee, who helmed several of Uzi’s prior releases.
Aside from prepping The Pink Tape, Lil Uzi Vert is also gearing up to hit the road on their first headlining tour since 2018. The 20-city North American trek is set to kick off in March, with dates and ticket information coming soon.