New Year, New Uzi
Lil Uzi Vert seems really committed to the whole “new year, new me” schtick. On Jan. 15, the Philly-bred rapper tweeted out a message of positivity that rubbed some people the wrong way —
particularly folks that the Bad Old Uzi had wronged.
“I love everybody I’m living my best life 2018 all my opps …. and anybody that hates me I really love you and if you wanna work just call,” he wrote.
Not everyone was on board with Uzi’s statements. The Atlanta rapper and Two-9 collective member Reese LaFlare jumped in to mock the rapper’s face turn, which he clearly saw as a put-on. “First time taking Molly be like,” Reese wrote.
Uzi jumped straight to the heart of the matter, revealing that he had punched Reese in the face in the past. He apologized for the incident and wished the rapper a good year.
“I’m sorry for punching you in the face hope ya rap career takes off have a wonderful 2018,” he said.
Reese wanted it on the record that Uzi was backed up by a crowd of men and blindsided him at an R&B show.
“Ohhhhhhh you talking bout the time you and 436362772 n**gas tried to jump me when I was with my b***h AT A WEEKND concert,” he tweeted. “I’m sorry you can’t fight I hope you continue to succeed.”
Uzi wasn’t going to let Reese suck him down into a pit of negativity. He closed out the conversation with another wish for Reese.
“Have a good year seriously,” he said.
This is only Uzi’s latest turn toward the light. The rapper recently vowed to get sober after the 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep died of a fentanyl and Xanax-related overdose while on tour.
He started his promise with a somewhat angry slap out toward people who were showing concern over the young crop of pill-addicted rappers only after they passed away.
“We Would love 2 stop ….. But Do You Really Care Cause We Been On Xanax All F**king Year,” Uzi wrote on Twitter. “Rip Buddy I 100% Understand and I Don’t Fault U.”
He explained later in the day that he had made the decision to get clean. He shared a frightening and tough portrait of what it was like to go through withdrawals.
“Sober 2 day I have been shaking,” he wrote. “I have been cursing my love ones out and fighting/In the studio with no thoughts in my head. Teeth biting down because I just wanna be angry at something.”
“Maybe I will just smoke weed tonight,” he added.
Peep’s death may well have inspired a wave of newly sober rappers. Both Lil Pump and Smokepurpp have sworn off drugs since his passing. Not to mention, notoriously anti-drug rapper Russ put out a call for all young rappers to stop glorifying abuse of prescription medication.
“Abusing xanax and other pills drugs etc in private cuz your depressed/other mental issues is one thing(still not good),” Russ wrote. “Constantly recording yourself doing drugs and putting up pics and videos of doing it is when you start CHOOSING to publicly glorify it and make it an image.”
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