Lil Uzi Vert Names His Top 5 Most Influential Rappers! Lil Uzi Vert has named his top 5 most influential rappers. A good number of hip-hop artists have shared who in their opinion are the greatest rappers of all time, but Lil Uzi Vert has revealed the five rappers who influenced his rap career.
While appearing on The Fat Joe Show, Lil Uzi Vert delivered quite a good number of gems to Fat Joe during their hour-long conversation. The show which was held via Instagram live on Tuesday (Feb 11) saw the rapper reveal the hip-hop artists who helped shape his career and attributed to him becoming the rapper that he is today.
The Eternal Atake rapper explained that his number one most influential rapper is Mike Jones.
“The first rapper that I ever learned lyric for lyric was Mike Jones,” he told the Terror Squad leader. “That’s the first rapper I learned everything lyric for lyric and I wanted to be like him…I had a Boost Mobile and my mom would give me $15 and I’d get phone cards and shit and I would spend all my money calling Mike Jones’ number ‘cause I wanted to talk to him…I remember the number by heart. To this day: 281-330-8004…I felt that star power from him. He had that star power.”
Lil Uzi went ahead to name Lil Wayne, “And then after Mike Jones, of course, I wanted to be Lil Wayne,” he continued. “When I was younger girls would say I looked like Lil Wayne, so I would run with that. And I would wear fedoras, and I would wear the tight Polo tees with the skinnies, and wear the Vans and shit…And back then, I ordered a fake piercing off Amazon and it was a magnet and I had it right here [below his lip on the right side] and I would wear it every day like I was Lil Wayne.”
He also named Remy Ma, Kurupt and Young Thug. Remy Ma because of his aunt’s appreciation of the Bronx rhymer and Kurupt due to the Tha Dogg Pound rapper’s Philly origins. Last but not least, he saved his last bit of praise for Young Thug who he called a “mythical creature.”
“You wanna know why?” Vert asked Joe. “And this was later in my life. So, I used to listen to I Came From Nothing, I Came From Nothing 2. Just all that shit. And I used to watch on YouTube when Young Thug used to perform at the little skating rink shits…The reason that he was such an influence to me [was] because he was almost like a mythical creature back then…I actually knew before the public.
“Not even from the public. I’m not from Atlanta, so everybody out there knew about that man before me. Atlanta and around Atlanta, Georgia or whatever. But, just where I was from, I felt like I was the first person in the fuckin‘ world that was listening to him. I felt like that.”
Here are Lil Uzi Vert’s most influential hip hop artists
- Mike Jones
- Lil Wayne
- Remy Ma
- Young Thug
Check out the full interview below;