In spite of criticisms coming from Hip Hop purists and sophisticated lyricists, it appears as though Lil Uzi Vert is winning. The Philly rapper is one of the several young artists who've come under fire from defenders of the genre's culture, who are grouping them together as a generation of rhymers characterized by what they deem a lack of artistic integrity. On Wednesday [September 7], Ab-Soul came at Lil Uzi Vert for turning down the opportunity to freestyle over a beat by DJ Premier, having rejected it as old. "We don't pass on PRIMO beats in this sport kids," he wrote. But the Cali rapper might have eaten his words, as his blast was defused when hours later, Premier himself gave Uzi a public shout out.
“Shout to the LiL Homie, Lil Uzi Vert for reachin’ out to me directly…dope things were said, and I respect that…We all good…Salute,” he tweeted, running contrary to other OG's of the rap game who haven't had a pleasant word for some among the newer crop of artists, of late. Before long, Lil Uzi would take to Twitter to address Ab-Soul directly, with a retort crafted in the form of a rhyme.
From Snoop Dogg, to Pete Rock, to Lil Wayne, some of Hip Hop's most respected artists to establish themselves as gifted wordsmiths, have been taking aim at "mumble rappers," for prioritizing swag over content. Lil Wayne recently posed that such artists, who like Lil Yachty, explicitly reject the significance of some of the classics as they relate to what he's doing, ought not to proclaim themselves to be rappers in the same vein as those they are have disregarded. Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert clunked himself in with the wave when he contested whether he should be expected to rap on a Primo type beat, while a guest on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning.