Lil Uzi Vert’s highly anticipated new song: “New Patek”, was released today and has already reached over 1 million views on YouTube. Lil Uzi is not a stranger to ridiculous streaming numbers with a previous song: “XO Tour Llif3” generating 1.3 billion streams across all streaming platforms in September 2017. Due to his enormous fanbase, I would like to ask you all: How powerful can an artist like Lil Uzi’s lyrical art be influential? On his newest song, he brags about his obscene riches consistently. The song title references the luxury watch brand Patek Phillipe, and Uzi has lyrics such as:
Uzi references his new Patek Phillipe watch, retailing from around $13,000 to $11 million dollars and Balenciaga Triple S shoes, which retail at $895 (a bit ugly?). Because his fanbase consists of majority millennial youth, how influential/powerful can this form of art be? Does Lil Uzi’s message of fame and riches send a negative message of fixating on materialism? Or does he send a message for kids to work hard to attain this symbols of luxury?
I personally think it is the latter and I hope I can one day rock a “New Patek”. Below are some pictures of items mentioned. Uzi is for the kids!