Lil Uzi Vert sat down with Fat Joe on his show on Instagram and talked about his top five rappers who influenced him the most.
Uzi started the list with Mike Jones. “The first rapper that I ever learned lyric for lyric was Mike Jones”, said Uzi.
“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. Right now, to this day: 281-330-8004. I felt that star power from him. He had that star power.”
Another Lil Uzi’s idol is Lil Wayne, “I wanted to be Lil Wayne,” he said. “When I was younger, girls would say I looked like Lil Wayne, so I would run with that. And I would wear the 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 of Amazon and it was a magnet and I had it right here [below his lip] and I would wear it everyday like I was Lil Wayne.”
“I got a gangsta aunt and my aunt definitely a little different. She one of them girls from the hood that was the DMX fan and the Remy Ma fan.”
Uzi also named rapper Kurupt and Young Thug in the list of top 5 rappers that influenced him the most.
“I used to watch on YouTube when Young Thug used to perform at the little like 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 before 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 fu**in’ world that was listening to him. I felt like that”, said Uzi.
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