Friday, November 13, 2020

That Way Song Lyrics Meaning - Lil Uzi Vert

Read Lil Uzi Vert - That Way Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Eternal Atake
Release Date: March 1, 2020
Record Label: Generation Now, Atlantic Records
Songwriter: Symere Woods, Jonathan Priester, Andres Espana
Producer: Supah Mario, Felipe S, Yung Lan

Lil Uzi Vert flips the Backstreet Boys‘ classic April 1999 single, “I Want It That Way,” from their best-selling 1999 album, Millennium. In the chorus of the song, the group’s members sing together:

I never want to hear you say
I want it that way

Backstreet’s own Nick Carter acknowledged Uzi’s interpolation in a March 2020 tweet, inviting the Philadelphia rapper to feature on the band’s next album. Member Brian Littrell also posted a video clip of him singing along to the track on Instagram.

On March 2, 2020, the song’s producer, Supah Mario, sat down with Genius News to break down the interpolation: As far as for whose idea it was to interpolate the Backstreet Boys, I have no idea, bro. I think it was Uzi.

On the track’s pre-chorus, Uzi swears his longevity in the game and promises to never “go out sad”, a term which can be used when one never recovers from an embarrassing event or situation.

Uzi rapped a similar line on “How to Talk” off his 2017 album Luv Is Rage 2.

No way I could fall, yeah
They predicted next fall yeah
Look at them, like, “Aw yeah”

Uzi is an unlikely sub rosa hip-hop star — as much singer as rapper, as much rock as rap. With a robust SoundCloud presence and buoyed by social-media induced fanaticism, he is succeeding at his own frenetic and off-kilter tempo. An alternative interpretation of the line could be that it also shows Uzi’s wishfulness; he hopes that he does not meet the same fate as other artists who have lost their lives to drugs or violence.

Being with the winning team may be a nudge to Roc Nation who have helped other artist with label issues and is owned by JAY-Z.

Roc Nation helped Lil Uzi not come in last place by helping him out with his contract to Generation Now, which is under Atlantic Records, and bringing Lil Uzi out of his short retirement from music and managing him since March of 2019 when he released “Free Uzi” a song about Generation Now Co-owner DJ Drama and how Roc Nation freed him from his contract.

Uzi States that with him joining Roc Nation he has now come on top or in first place, rather to him staying with Generation Now, who were holding his long awaited Sophomore album Eternal Atake from releasing according to Lil Uzi.

Cascade, known more specifically as Cascade Heights, is an affluent neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.

The neighborhood is predominantly African-American and is home to former Atlanta mayors, former civil rights leaders, and celebrities. Uzi mentions this as a way to validate that this girl is from Atlanta. Uzi could also be referring to the popular Cascade Family Skating Rink in West Atlanta, as another example to prove that this girl is in fact from Atlanta.

Lil Uzi Vert shared the same feeling of loneliness on his October 2018 leaked song “Heavy Metal,” where he raps a very similar bar. The song features brothers Lil Keed and Lil Gotit and is also produced by Supah Mario.

Uzi is known for his impressive car collection, and he shouts out two here: his black, customized Bentley Bentayga that he bought and a Rolls Royce Wraith that his manager Mean bought.

Uzi has shouted out these brands before, notably on the chorus of “Sanguine Paradise”

Drop the top on the Wraith
I'ma make it lose its mind

Uzi uses clever wordplay here with “snap back”, as it literally means to bounce back or overcome something, yet it also refers to a snapback hat. Snapbacks are size adjustable, while a fitted hat is closed in the back with no ability to adjust the size. The phrase “snap back into reality” is synonymous with Eminem’s hit song “Lose Yourself”, where he raps:

Snap back to reality, ope there goes gravity, ope

A black credit card is typically a sign of extreme wealth which most credit services only give out to the most elite of their customers. The cards typically have very high limits and rewards to entice rich customers to spend with it. Uzi is able to get his girl one of these cards because of how wealthy he is, as he is thought to have a net worth of around $17 million at the time of this track’s release. Uzi contrasts his girl’s skin color with the color of the card. The “black card, no limit” phrase was popularized in 2016 by Usher’s single “No Limit.

Go-go is a music subgenre of funk which originated in Washington D.C. during the mid-‘60s. In February 2020, the genre was signed into law as the designated music of the district.

Lil Uzi Vert previously dropped a similar bar on “Grab the Wheel,” a track from his April 2016 mixtape, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World: When I’m in DC, they call me Moe.

“SLIME” is an acronym (or backronym) for the phrase “Street Life Intelligence and Money is Everything,” and is often used as a synonym for the terms “friend” or “homie.” Snails are slow-moving animals that release mucous, i.e. slime. However, Uzi says that although he is “slimy like a snail” he is, unlike a snail, not a slowpoke but fast. Uzi himself said in a 2016 interview with Vibe that he chose his name because somebody said that he “raps fast … like a little machine gun.” Slowpoke is a common expression for someone who is lazy. “Slimy like a snail” is also one of Uzi’s favourite similes.

Since 2015, Lil Uzi Vert has been at the forefront of the so-called rap sub genre “Emo-rap”. Artists have embraced the label, especially Uzi: he frequently dyes his hair, dresses in dark clothes and chains, and utilizes similar lyrics to early 2000’s emo music.

Uzi likens himself and in particular his eyes to NBA Player Ben Simmons and former NBA Player Yao Ming. Uzi is saying he possesses a killer instinct off the court like Simmons and Ming on the NBA court.