How sobriety helped Lil Uzi Vert create ‘The Pink Tape’
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How sobriety helped Lil Uzi Vert create 'The Pink Tape'

‘X0 Tour Life’ rapper Lil Uzi Vert is one of the more prevalent rappers in contemporary hip-hop. Although his music has never been of the highest quality, the artist (real name Symere Woods) is undeniably charismatic and has always been slightly endearing. 

The Philadelphia native once revealed that he has smoked weed and dabbled with Percocet, Xanax and Lean over the years. However, for the creation of his 2023 album, Pink Tape, Woods unveiled that he decided to become completely sober and saw great results.

That said, in an interview with TMZ while he was walking through the streets of Beverly Hillsthe ‘Just Wanna Rock’ emcee explained what going sober had done for his creative process concerning Pink Tape.

Woods had made over 680 songs for the body of work and had done an unparalleled amount of recording. It was initially Don Cannon who had told the press that Uzi had decided to remove drugs from his creative process.

The TMZ reporter asked Woods, “What was it like doing [the album] sober versus non-sober?” to which the Philadelphia rhymer responded, “I thought that my creative process wasn’t going to be the same because I wasn’t on drugs, no more, but like it was. Even better. I could think more clear.”

He continued, “Instead of my words slurring, even though that’s kind of cool, everything made sense. I didn’t just make random music and just play off the beats. I actually made songs with topics this time.”

Following the results he yielded from sobriety, Woods encouraged other artists who use narcotics as a creative crutch to try otherwise, telling them, “It’s the best thing to do. It’ll change your life. And you’ll look better.”

Despite the effort, Lil Uzi Vert received widespread backlash following the release of his experimental rap-rock album, The Pink Tape. What Woods has delivered musically has been continuously underwhelming and highly low-quality, and many find themselves listening to a series of muddy, poorly mixed versions of tracks he has already made. 

Although the Luv Is Rage act has released music since the Pink Tape, it is unclear whether or not he is still on the sober path he took for his last album.