Lil Uzi Vert Addresses Leslie Haters

Uzi’s new alter ego is apparently inspired by Ken Jeong’s character Leslie Chow in “The Hangover,” and they said Chow doesn’t care about detractors, either.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Lil Uzi Vert Addresses Leslie Haters

Lil Uzi Vert recently turned heads yet again when they debuted a new alter ego, Leslie, at Rolling Loud Thailand. Unfortunately, the androgynous moniker and personality didn't get the best reception from fans and media online, or at least the hate was enough to warrant a response from Uzi. Moreover, they recently took to their Instagram Story to stand by the new identity and to defend their new look and style. Of course, the Philly icon is always one to subvert, change their flow, and make headlines for their art in all of its facets.

"Chow understand people always don’t like ways of Chow,” Lil Uzi Vert posted on their Instagram Stories on Wednesday night (April 19). Furthermore, that confirms that Leslie is a reference to Leslie Chow, a character in the film The Hangover portrayed by Ken Jeong. It's an unsurprisingly eccentric point of inspiration that's as tongue-in-cheek as it is challenging. “But Chow don’t give af Chow rich and never look back ….. Suck my monkey tail LESLIE OUT." It was a succinct and quick response, which actually differs from the more thoughtful and elaborate reflections Uzi offered on topics like sobriety.

Lil Uzi Vert Defends Leslie

Regardless of their new namesake, many in the industry clowned Lil Uzi Vert for the announcement, whether lightly or insensitively. For example, Nicki Minaj suggested that they looked like her in the "Bedrock" music video, which is a light and generally harmless jab. However, people took more issue with people like Karlae responding in the comments on Uzi's post with laughing emojis. Even though that seems harmless as well, it's a fine line to walk when other bigoted people have an issue with this new identity. As such, many felt like this was an indication of people not taking Uzi seriously.

Meanwhile, JT recently blasted people criticizing her and Lil Uzi Vert's style, defending her boo. Through replying to detractors on Twitter, she asked people to stop making so many assumptions and criticisms of their choices. After all, their movement and artistic choices are for nobody else but them. Still, both artists have a lot more on the horizon when it comes to their careers that makes these criticisms moot in the long term. With that in mind, come back to HNHH for the latest news and updates on Lil Uzi Vert.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.