Lil Uzi Vert brings chaos, singalongs and mosh pits to O2 Academy Brixton
Written by Karan Teli
Lil Uzi Vert came to back to London for the first time since 2017 with one intention; to prove to his sold out O2 Academy Brixton crowd and the rest of the world, that he is a living, breathing, out and out rock star. Not a rap star. A ROCK STAR.
From the second Uzi stepped on stage, in his Spongebob and Patrick shirt, coming out to Drippin’ and Swaggin’, it was evident that energy is a huge part of Uzi’s show. Running, dancing, jumping, screaming. All within the first two minutes. The energy clearly rubbed off on the crowd, some of whom I imagine were seeing their favourite musician and living idol, as throughout the whole show, nobody stood still. Uzi’s music has that effect on people; the feeling of wanting to dance and turn up, even if you’ve never heard the song before.
Throughout the show, the stage was a joy to behold. Outstanding, colourful and creative visuals appeared on screen behind Uzi, giving fans perfect opportunity to capture the Instagram picture they desperately wanted.
He performed songs that only real Lil Uzi Vert fans would know, such as Dark Queen and Sauce It Up, which were obviously well received from the crowd of over 5000. But, as imaginable, it was hits like You Was Right, 7AM, Do What I Want and one of 2017’s best in XO Tour Llif3 that were something to behold. The singalongs, the mosh pits, chaos and rage (in a good way) from the crowd solidified Uzi as a real rock star, something he has been preaching his entire career. “People hate on Lil Uzi. Is it because I’m the best in the world?” he asked the crowd, to deafening roars and cheers. A bold and braggadocios claim, but after an entire sold out venue sang word for word of Ps & Qs, only 3 years after Uzi burst onto the SoundCloud scene, Uzi can be forgiven for being in an ultimate state of confidence right now.
His set may have included moments that may have been unplanned; like throwing his mic into the crowd or playing XO Tour Llif3 twice, but absolutely everything Uzi did was well received by his fans. Even points where Uzi was just running and galloping across the stage was cheered and mirrored by fans; they wanted to gallop with him.
Uzi’s intention was to prove he his Hip-Hop’s rock star. He showed London he is exactly that. Uzi will be in London again, for the third and final day of Wireless Festival 2018 and with a bigger crowd and bigger stage, it’s hard to imagine the chaos Hip-Hop’s biggest rock star is going to bring, but were ready for it.