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EDITOR RATING
67%
Golden: 3Broken: 1
Consensus
AUDIENCE RATING
47%
165 votes
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60%
Narsimha Chintaluri
Uhm Yea...
Neither rappers' eccentric ad-libs can bridge the disconnect in style on their first mixtape together.
342
70%
Danny Schwartz
Engaging tape, but not much chemistry
While "1017 vs the World" looks intriguing on paper -- top-of-the-line production, a veteran trapper connecting with a meteoric hotshot 14 years his younger -- there isn't much chemistry to speak of between Gucci and Lil Uzi, despite charismatic performances from each artist. Gucci's hooks range from unexpectedly catchy ("I need blonde, a blonde ho, blonde...") to flat-out lazy, ("Threesome, threesome, threesome...") and Lil Uzi raps with more confidence than ever.
102
71%
Angus Walker
A nice quickie from two of 2016's best
“1017 vs The World” sounds like it was cooked up in one or two sessions, and it’s importance to adjust your expectations for the tape accordingly. That doesn’t mean the 7-track project isn’t highly enjoyable, for the most part. Though the arrangements sometimes feel hasty, there’s plenty of charisma -- which should be a given for these two. Gucci shows himself to be a major influencer of Uzi’s charm and lingo, and the Philly trapper seems to motivate Wop to up his own energy. It’s an unremarkable release in terms of Gucci’s 2016 output, but I found that Uzi’s lyricism was sharper here than on his previous two tapes, which is hopefully a good sign for “Luv Is Rage 2.” The first three tracks on “1017 vs The World” are easily the best, especially the two produced by C Note. Of course we like to say that quality trumps quantity every time, but in today’s rap game, it’s not so simple. Prolificness like what Uzi and Gucci have showcased this year should be rewarded, even if everything they drop isn’t among their best work.
86
67%
Trevor Smith
Could've used more time in the oven
Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane know how to work quickly, but even so, "1017 Vs. The World" feels rushed. Much like Gucci Mane and Future's "Free Bricks 2," the tape just barely justifies its existence, hinting at a partnership that could amount to much more.
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Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane team up for "1017 vs. The World," a hasty trial run that ultimately feels unnecessary.

Before we dive into Gucci Mane’s second mixtape in as many weeks, let’s take a quick look at just how much good Gucci has done for the world this year: there’s the way he pronounced Kevin Durant on “Good Drank” (or made bullets “tap dance” on Kodak Black’s “Vibin in this Bih”); “First Day Out Tha Feds” is a classic; the reunion on “Guwop Home” made my inner Young Thug stan weep. Beyond the music, his “get out the vote” call to action and PSAs regarding drug abuse and rehabilitation feel important and couldn’t be coming from a more credible source. And remember how he proposed to Keyshia at the Hawks game? That was so damn romantic. All that to say that with a year as picture perfect as his, there was bound to be a blemish eventually. 

Where his recent Free Bricks revival with Future sounded organic, despite have been conceptualized, conceived and released in under 24 hours, 1017 vs. The World feels stitched together in a way even the makeshift tapes with the likes of Thug or Young Dolph, released while he was incarcerated, never felt. Or, rather, even when those aforementioned tapes felt haphazard, there was enough natural chemistry between the parties to keep the ball rolling. Even at just twenty-one minutes, the pairing of Gucci and Philly’s perpetually happy-go-lucky rapper-cum-crooner, Lil Uzi Vert, both charismatic personalities when left to their own devices, feels forced and stale. Hendrix and the Trap God were clearly cooking up ideas in the same room, breathing life to visceral anthems. I doubt Uzi and Gucci were even in the same time zone when they emailed each other their verses.

Through their brooding beats, Zaytoven, Southside & Metro Boomin’ created an ideal backdrop for Gucci’s spry rhyming and Future’s unfiltered experimentation. It avoided any of the implicit pitfalls of a five year hiatus because it was built on a tried and tested formula. Conversely, the pairing of Uzi and Gucci is a new concept and some of these resulting tracks play just like that, an unformed idea: “Today!!” is a brief two minute number that only teases Gucci by way of ad-libs. Transitions between these half-baked tracks are often as abrupt as the passing of the baton for the verses they contain. Sometimes it’s Uzi who fails to adapt to Gucci’s aesthetic, as seen on the plodding “Blonde Briggite,” the sole track produced by Mannie Fresh, and sometimes, like on the closer, “Secure the Bag,” the blame shifts to Gucci, who can’t seem to keep up pace with Uzi’s ADHD flow.

Production is varied, with appearances from the only other OG who has worked harder than Gucci this year, Zaytoven, as well as Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Chief Keef affiliate DP Beats and a lesser known act from Uzi’s camp, GloHan Beats. C Note and Zaytoven do the best job at creating common ground for these rappers but even then, not all the beats are fully utilized. “Fresh” sees Gucci delivering a notable hook but a lackluster verse and, as mentioned, “Today!!” is a wasted premise. That leaves the intro, “Charged My Phone,” and the ode to the ménage à trois, “Threesome,” which are admittedly two of the more fully formed tracks on here. Props to Uzi for bragging about being a pescetarian while still ordering his homies steaks.  

Despite the scatterbrained execution of it all, there are still a few redeeming qualities here and there, especially if you look the rappers’ verses in a vacuum. Gucci revives a classic flow as he name drops jazz vocalist Minnie Ripperton and Public Enemy’s “Miuzi Weighs a Ton” in the same breath on the “Blonde Brigitte.” Uzi, finally waking up for the last two tracks, delivers an equal parts exhilarating and silly verse on “In ‘04,” followed by a catchy refrain for the closer, properly highlighting the uniqueness he brings to the table. The former track, produced by DP Beats, while fleeting, only featuring a refrain from Gucci, is the most interesting song on the project.  

Both Uzi and Gucci are having an undeniable year in their own right, but the forward momentum was not enough to carry them through this project. From the careless sequencing to the cut-and-pasted verses over ill-fitting beats, the entire project reeks of a missed opportunity. A bridge between the mythologized Trap God that is Gucci Mane and his slew of loyal disciples is definitely necessary, but an entire project with Lil Uzi Vert may not be answer. There’s enough of a spark here to have hope for a good song to eventually come from these two, should they chose to get in the studio together and work on their rapport, but it feels even less necessary now than ever before. Uzi’s rapid fire melodies could’ve played as the foil to Gucci’s more nuanced storytelling, but the two instead seem to inhabit divergent spaces stylistically. Here’s to hoping Gucci finds a more compatible partner for his next tape, or, you know, slows down and takes a well deserved honeymoon with his wife-to-be.

Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane's "1017 Vs. The World" (Review)

 
67%

Editor rating

Golden: 3 Broken: 1
Consensus

Audience rating

165 votes
47 %

Editor Rating

60%
Narsimha Chintaluri Uhm Yea...
Neither rappers' eccentric ad-libs can bridge the disconnect in style on their first mixtape together.
342
70%
Danny Schwartz Engaging tape, but not much chemistry
While "1017 vs the World" looks intriguing on paper -- top-of-the-line production, a veteran trapper connecting with a meteoric hotshot 14 years his younger -- there isn't much chemistry to speak of between Gucci and Lil Uzi, despite charismatic performances from each artist. Gucci's hooks range from unexpectedly catchy ("I need blonde, a blonde ho, blonde...") to flat-out lazy, ("Threesome, threesome, threesome...") and Lil Uzi raps with more confidence than ever.
102
71%
Angus Walker A nice quickie from two of 2016's best
“1017 vs The World” sounds like it was cooked up in one or two sessions, and it’s importance to adjust your expectations for the tape accordingly. That doesn’t mean the 7-track project isn’t highly enjoyable, for the most part. Though the arrangements sometimes feel hasty, there’s plenty of charisma -- which should be a given for these two. Gucci shows himself to be a major influencer of Uzi’s charm and lingo, and the Philly trapper seems to motivate Wop to up his own energy. It’s an unremarkable release in terms of Gucci’s 2016 output, but I found that Uzi’s lyricism was sharper here than on his previous two tapes, which is hopefully a good sign for “Luv Is Rage 2.” The first three tracks on “1017 vs The World” are easily the best, especially the two produced by C Note. Of course we like to say that quality trumps quantity every time, but in today’s rap game, it’s not so simple. Prolificness like what Uzi and Gucci have showcased this year should be rewarded, even if everything they drop isn’t among their best work.
86
67%
Trevor Smith Could've used more time in the oven
Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane know how to work quickly, but even so, "1017 Vs. The World" feels rushed. Much like Gucci Mane and Future's "Free Bricks 2," the tape just barely justifies its existence, hinting at a partnership that could amount to much more.
171

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Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane team up for "1017 vs. The World," a hasty trial run that ultimately feels unnecessary.


Before we dive into Gucci Mane’s second mixtape in as many weeks, let’s take a quick look at just how much good Gucci has done for the world this year: there’s the way he pronounced Kevin Durant on “Good Drank” (or made bullets “tap dance” on Kodak Black’s “Vibin in this Bih”); “First Day Out Tha Feds” is a classic; the reunion on “Guwop Home” made my inner Young Thug stan weep. Beyond the music, his “get out the vote” call to action and PSAs regarding drug abuse and rehabilitation feel important and couldn’t be coming from a more credible source. And remember how he proposed to Keyshia at the Hawks game? That was so damn romantic. All that to say that with a year as picture perfect as his, there was bound to be a blemish eventually. 

Where his recent Free Bricks revival with Future sounded organic, despite have been conceptualized, conceived and released in under 24 hours, 1017 vs. The World feels stitched together in a way even the makeshift tapes with the likes of Thug or Young Dolph, released while he was incarcerated, never felt. Or, rather, even when those aforementioned tapes felt haphazard, there was enough natural chemistry between the parties to keep the ball rolling. Even at just twenty-one minutes, the pairing of Gucci and Philly’s perpetually happy-go-lucky rapper-cum-crooner, Lil Uzi Vert, both charismatic personalities when left to their own devices, feels forced and stale. Hendrix and the Trap God were clearly cooking up ideas in the same room, breathing life to visceral anthems. I doubt Uzi and Gucci were even in the same time zone when they emailed each other their verses.

Through their brooding beats, Zaytoven, Southside & Metro Boomin’ created an ideal backdrop for Gucci’s spry rhyming and Future’s unfiltered experimentation. It avoided any of the implicit pitfalls of a five year hiatus because it was built on a tried and tested formula. Conversely, the pairing of Uzi and Gucci is a new concept and some of these resulting tracks play just like that, an unformed idea: “Today!!” is a brief two minute number that only teases Gucci by way of ad-libs. Transitions between these half-baked tracks are often as abrupt as the passing of the baton for the verses they contain. Sometimes it’s Uzi who fails to adapt to Gucci’s aesthetic, as seen on the plodding “Blonde Briggite,” the sole track produced by Mannie Fresh, and sometimes, like on the closer, “Secure the Bag,” the blame shifts to Gucci, who can’t seem to keep up pace with Uzi’s ADHD flow.

Production is varied, with appearances from the only other OG who has worked harder than Gucci this year, Zaytoven, as well as Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Chief Keef affiliate DP Beats and a lesser known act from Uzi’s camp, GloHan Beats. C Note and Zaytoven do the best job at creating common ground for these rappers but even then, not all the beats are fully utilized. “Fresh” sees Gucci delivering a notable hook but a lackluster verse and, as mentioned, “Today!!” is a wasted premise. That leaves the intro, “Charged My Phone,” and the ode to the ménage à trois, “Threesome,” which are admittedly two of the more fully formed tracks on here. Props to Uzi for bragging about being a pescetarian while still ordering his homies steaks.  

Despite the scatterbrained execution of it all, there are still a few redeeming qualities here and there, especially if you look the rappers’ verses in a vacuum. Gucci revives a classic flow as he name drops jazz vocalist Minnie Ripperton and Public Enemy’s “Miuzi Weighs a Ton” in the same breath on the “Blonde Brigitte.” Uzi, finally waking up for the last two tracks, delivers an equal parts exhilarating and silly verse on “In ‘04,” followed by a catchy refrain for the closer, properly highlighting the uniqueness he brings to the table. The former track, produced by DP Beats, while fleeting, only featuring a refrain from Gucci, is the most interesting song on the project.  

Both Uzi and Gucci are having an undeniable year in their own right, but the forward momentum was not enough to carry them through this project. From the careless sequencing to the cut-and-pasted verses over ill-fitting beats, the entire project reeks of a missed opportunity. A bridge between the mythologized Trap God that is Gucci Mane and his slew of loyal disciples is definitely necessary, but an entire project with Lil Uzi Vert may not be answer. There’s enough of a spark here to have hope for a good song to eventually come from these two, should they chose to get in the studio together and work on their rapport, but it feels even less necessary now than ever before. Uzi’s rapid fire melodies could’ve played as the foil to Gucci’s more nuanced storytelling, but the two instead seem to inhabit divergent spaces stylistically. Here’s to hoping Gucci finds a more compatible partner for his next tape, or, you know, slows down and takes a well deserved honeymoon with his wife-to-be.

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