I ask Uzi what compelled him to start out posting match pics.
“Um, I do not know. I all the time needed to do this, however I simply did not have plenty of garments earlier than,” he says. Uzi explains that he as soon as thought he had model as a result of he was extra superior than the blokes round him. After which: “It was like if you come to the final stage and also you open the door and it is, like, a complete new world—not even a brand new stage however a complete new world. You are like, ‘Wait a minute. You are telling me I can not purchase all these things out the shop, I’ve to get archival stuff?’ Oh, shit! I am shedding.”
He provides, “However I am not shedding anymore, although.”
After I ask him about his fondness for womenswear, Uzi explains that he was all the time small for his age, so he would rock his mother’s skinny denims with Etnies round 2006 or 2007. “I needed to,” he says, as a result of different denims would not match. “The ladies’s part is waaaay higher than the lads’s part. At all times. The ladies’s part, you often do not must get issues tailor-made. It is often simply on level.”
The previous notions of gendered dressing do not appear to exist in Uzi’s universe: He’ll put on Cactus Plant Flea Market motocross fits with Chanel purses, slinky Jean Paul Gaultier tops (archival, after all) with The Soloist jackets. He’ll rock Gucci girls’s skinny denims printed with strawberries that look straight out of a Taylor Swift music video. When Uzi was mercilessly meme’d on-line for carrying an Avril Lavigne-ish off-the-shoulder boatneck sweater with a crimson Goyard purse, reasonably than cease carrying purses, he purchased dozens extra. It is no surprise commenters have labeled him “the baddest bitch” on Instagram.
The following day, throughout his GQ photograph shoot at a Key Meals in Brooklyn, every little thing is placed on maintain so Uzi can go on a unique form of buying spree. That is triggered by his discovery of Entenmann’s Little Bites “Social gathering Truffles” taste, which, in keeping with Uzi, “you’ll be able to’t discover on a regular basis.” He describes himself as “the fakest pescatarian,” whose aversion to meat is extra a operate of his abiding love of junk meals. As his crew struggles to maintain up, Uzi tears by way of the aisles, grabbing Taste Blasted pizza Goldfish right here and $1.75 pound desserts there, periodically tossing gadgets into his bodyguard’s basket. After I ask certainly one of his mates if that is what looking for garments with Uzi is like, he nods wearily. “Yup.”
A lot of Uzi’s followers imagine that the rapper’s trend obsession distracts him from music, as any scroll by way of his Instagram feedback makes clear. After we communicate, it has been 653 days—an eternity within the streaming age—since he launched his final album, Luv Is Rage 2. He has simply canceled a string of European competition dates, and his follow-up file, Everlasting Atake, has been delayed as soon as once more; when requested about it, Uzi shrugs and says he needed to launch it that month however that he wasn’t carried out including to it. This previous January, Uzi feinted at quitting music altogether, reportedly amid disagreements together with his label. He posted an Instagram story asserting he was dropping out: “I DELETED EVERYTHING I WANNA BE NORMAL … I WANNA WAKE UP IN 2013,” he wrote as a caption. Above it was a photograph of his ft, which had been clad in sheer Fiorucci socks layered over a pair of Gucci socks.
Between snaps within the grocery store, I ask him how essential music is to the Lil Uzi Vert undertaking. He is carrying a black Louis Vuitton bomber with a fur collar, tactical cargo pants, and Air Jordan baseball cleats that click-clack throughout the pavement—a wonderfully deranged Uzi match. (For the shoot, he labored with stylist Simon Rasmussen, a primary and—as Uzi mentioned—a final: “This would be the solely time I ever do that. I am by no means ever doing this once more. Like, ever. And never due to this expertise! It is a good expertise, I am chillin’. However I often simply one-time issues.”)