After two long years, Lil Uzi Vert’s second studio album, Eternal Atake, finally dropped last Friday. But according to his producer TM88, the record could’ve arrived a lot sooner if it wasn’t for several song leaks.
In a recent conversation with Rolling Stone, which was published on March 8, TM88 claimed Eternal Atake’s release wasn’t held back because of the rapper’s contract disputes but leaks. The producer, who worked on Lil Uzi’s 2017 hit “XO Tour Llif3” and its sequel “P2,” said that when an unreleased song is illegitimately uploaded online, it pushes back the record’s entire timeline as “it’s often viewed as a lost cause from a commercial perspective and nixed from any potential album.”
TM88 also said that Lil Uzi had already started on Eternal Atake back in 2018. And unlike other rappers, the Philly native preferred to take his time while making his songs, which meant leaks slowed down his workflow even further. “Leaks slow everybody up. Future and [Young] Thug are doing ten songs a night. [But] Uzi really takes a lot of time on his songs. If a fan leaks one or two songs, that’s pushing his album back another eight months,” TM88 told RS.
After Eternal Atake dropped last week, Lil Uzi confirmed that a deluxe edition of the album is on the way. In a tweet, the rapper hinted that the expanded version will feature collabs with Future, Young Thug, Lil Baby and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. An official release date for that album has yet to be revealed.