An honest review of Lil Uzi Vert's Pluto x Baby Pluto
Pluto x Baby Pluto is a melodic and energy filled album by artists Future and Lil Uzi Vert who refer to themselves as Pluto and Baby Pluto respectively. This is supposedly just the beginning of the music that is going to be released by these two. This 16 song album is long enough where you are bound to find a song or melody that you really love.
Lil Uzi Vert has been a very mysterious figure in the music industry. After dropping his album, Luv is Rage 2, in 2017, he did not release any music in 2018 or 2019. I waited anxiously for his highly anticipated album, Eternal Atake. As of now, Uzi has already dropped the equivalent of three full albums in 2020. The most recent of which was a collab album with Future, called Pluto x Baby Pluto. I wasn’t entirely sure which direction he was going to go with this new project. Luv is Rage 2 was melodic. Eternal Atake was mostly fast- paced rapping with creative production. Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World 2/Eternal Atake Deluxe is meant for your loudest speakers with bass boosted production and consists of songs that are sure to hype you up. Uzi and Future teased their album by releasing two singles, giving us an idea of what would be on the album: music that is melodic yet intermittently fast-paced without a ton of rapping unlike Eternal Atake. This is probably to fit Future’s style, given that he is more melodic rather than a technically great rapper. Due to the style of the album, I didn’t incorporate lyricism very often as a main focus because it isn’t what Uzi and Future focused on while making the album. I intend to focus on how the album sounds. You may compare your tracklist ranking of the album with mine at the end!
The intro track, Stripes Like Burberry, is a pretty likable and accessible start; it sets the tone for a very energetic album. An extremely catchy song, the lyrics of Stripes Like Burberry plant themselves in the back of my head. I’ll be singing “I ain’t make a three, now I’m curry” for the rest of the day after listening. Overall, the Uzi and Future both do their thing and come together to make a fun and enjoyable song.
Marni on Me became one of my favorite songs on the album within the first 30 seconds. I’ll describe it as definitely having a bounce that makes you want to start dancing. Uzi raps with a flow reminiscent of Eternal Atake. The hook of the song is pretty repetitive, but in this case it only adds to the increasing energy of the song. This fast-paced track is an extremely lively song.
Uzi’s fast-paced and spirited style was continued on Sleeping On The Floor. This song is definitely an adrenaline shot. However, it doesn’t have the same bounce and repetitive nature as Marni on Me that makes me want to get up and dance. Both rappers have their own unique flow on this song. Each maintains a catchy flow that it is bound to get you head nodding while listening.
Real Baby Pluto one ups Sleeping on the Floor. Both songs do very similar things for the album, yet Real Baby Pluto just does it better. Lil Uzi Vert shines on this beat. His rap flow and production come together so smoothly , making the end product incredible. This song is sure to force you to make the treasured “stank face” while listening. If Lil Uzi Vert manages to keep up this energy throughout the album, I might add every song to my hype music playlist. So far, this is the most entrancing song on the album for me.
I am immediately informed that a change in the energy of the album is occurring. Drankin N Smokin is a classic slower-paced, catchy, and melodic Future song. The track is essentially a Future song with a Lil Uzi Vert feature at the end. Overall, it is smooth and does its job of being easy on the ears. Although this style of song is so common for Future, he manages to find new melodies that will make you hit the repeat button.
Million Dollar Play was the very confusing next track of the song. Both rappers stray away from the melodic sound of the previous song and back to the more rapping oriented music of the earlier songs in the album. However, this beat is slower-paced and when mixed, the end product doesn’t seem to flow very well. Also, the rappers don’t bring the same energy to the table as on the previous songs where the fast-paced rapping worked in their favor. Even if they were to make a more melodic song over this beat, I think it would remain a boring track because of the lackluster production.
Plastic on the other hand, is a good example of how slowing down the flow can be perfected to still make a “stank face song.” Neither rapper tries to do too much on this track; they ride the beat and seemingly float on it for a polished end-product. The addition of the bass on this song in conjunction with the rhythm, flow, and rhyme scheme gets me head nodding on every listen to this song.
That’s It is a very similar song to Plastic. Neither are as melodic as “Drankin N Smokin” nor as fast-paced as the rest of the songs. The artists generally keep the same flow throughout the song. Although a good sounding song, That’s It doesn’t really add anything to the album. So far, Lil Uzi Vert and Future seem to be on a mission to create catchy flows, melodies, and hooks in order to make hits. Sometimes, for me, this style can get boring if repeated over and over again. But in this case, they manage to get away with it because sonically, all of these songs are still good.
I don’t have too much to say about Bought a Bad B*tch. Obviously, the title isn’t too appealing, and neither is the song. As I said in my thoughts about That’s It, Lil Uzi Vert and Future seem to be just making catchy hooks that they hope will gain some traction among listeners who enjoy these melodies. Because of this, the track is a little bit boring and I am definitely ready to move on by the time the song was over.
Rockstar Chainz is solely a Future song. Future continues his melodic and catchy trend. This song is pretty solid sonically but not something I’d come back to most likely for the same reason as the previous tracks, this melodic style can get boring if overused.
Lullaby is Lil Uzi Vert’s turn to have a solo track. This is definitely the most conscious song of the album. Lil Uzi Vert talks about his upbringing, his fame, his love life, and his mindset throughout the whole process, yet he maintains the boastful bars that his raps often entail. On the other hand, if you aren’t listening to the lyrics, you are not going to like this song. Lil Uzi Vert raps off-beat often to get his message across. He sacrifices smoothness for lyricism at points, but in my opinion, the song doesn’t have acoustic appeal. Therefore, this is not one of my favorite tracks so far. Lullaby also contains a sadder and more chill vibe to it which hasn’t been seen on this album yet.
She Never Been To Pluto returns the album to its upbeat and energetic feel. The beat and production of this track is extremely happy and buoyant. Overall, the song definitely has a summer feel to it, which is extremely encouraging and attractive to many listeners such as myself. It also uses the technique repeated by many of the other songs with repetitive lyrics and hooks that make the song more likely to get stuck in your head. If this track does nothing else for you, it will bring up your mood.
Off Dat seems to serve as a placeholder of sorts in the bigger picture of the album as a whole. I can definitely see where one would enjoy this song. The beat is enticing and both rappers seem to compliment each other well throughout the track. But, there are many similar songs such Million Dollar Play on this album. So, this sound seems kind of used up by the time you get to Off Dat.
I Don’t Want To Break Up switches up the lyrical content from the rest of the album. Lil Uzi Vert and Future discuss their love lives on this track, mostly concentrating on the point that their money and fame keeps them from real love. There is more of a lively feel on this song that encourages me to keep listening.
Bankroll is just classic Lil Uzi Vert. He dives back into his nostalgic, extremely upbeat, electric music. On this track is where my personal preference might be most visible. This is one of my favorite songs on the album because I love anytime Lil Uzi Vert makes music like this. It is seemingly so easy for him to create these dynamic melodies as seen from his earlier albums.
Moment of Clarity is a decent song to wrap up the album. Future and Lil Uzi Vert leave you with a good feeling after this song. The production is light and airy. I don’t think this is supposed to be the hardest hitting song on the album that you are sure to play in the car with the bass bumping. It is more of a neat, tidy, and smooth finish to the album.
Overall, this isn’t a bad album. After the first listen however, I am somewhat disappointed. My thoughts on each song as I listened in order of the album creates a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I am only very critical because I believe that the potential of a collaborative album between the two of them was much higher than what they put out. Both rappers come out of the gate with a lot of energy. I was ready to be dancing and head bobbing the whole time. However, after the first few songs, they start rapping less and retreating to catchy melodies as a safety valve of sorts. As you can probably tell, I got a little tired of this and wanted the energy from the start of the album back. However, I do like at the end of the album when Lil Uzi Vert attempts to create some more upbeat melodies that I feel very much suit him.
Real Baby Pluto
Marni On Me
Stripes Like Burberry
Drankin N Smokin
Sleeping On The Floor
She Never Been To Pluto
Moment of Clarity
I Don’t Wanna Break Up
Million Dollar Play
Bought A Bad B*tch