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Lil Uzi Vert's 'leaving Earth' comments revisited as rapper finally turns 27

Eve Edwards July 31, 2022
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As Lil Uzi Vert’s birthday comes around this July, fans are revisiting an interview from two years ago in which the rapper said he was planning on “leaving Earth.”

The past two years have seen fans revisit the interview prior to Lil Uzi Vert’s, real name Symere Bysil Woods, 27th birthday.

The XO Tour Llif3 rapper is celebrating his 27th birthday this Sunday (July 31, 2022).

So, what did Lil Uzi Vert say in the interview about his 27th birthday? And what did he mean about “leaving Earth?” The Focus takes a deep dive into Uzi’s comments about this important date.

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Lil Uzi Vert claims he’s ‘leaving Earth’ on his 27th birthday

In 2016, Lil Uzi Vert spoke with Nardwuar the Human Serviette in a memorable interview at the SXSW Festival. The 12-minute interview, which you can listen to on YouTube, heard Lil Uzi Vert make some concerning comments.

Talking to Nardwuar about Marilyn Manson, Uzi says: “At age 27, I will leave this Earth for this man right here. He’s the Pale Emperor.”

These comments inevitably sounded the alarm for many Uzi fans, who presumed the rapper was alluding to the infamous ‘27 Club‘. The 27 Club is in reference to a significant number of celebrities, particularly musicians, who happened to have passed away at the age of 27, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Jim Morrison of The Doors.

According to Rolling Stone, the term ’27 Club’ was popularised after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

With Lil Uzi Vert’s 27th birthday finally rolling around, the alarm bells are ringing again over his cryptic statement about “leaving Earth.”

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Uzi claims he wasn’t talking about the infamous ’27 Club’

A few years back, the 2016 interview with Nardwuar resurfaced. This prompted Lil Uzi Vert to clarify he wasn’t suggesting he would join the ’27 Club’ with his comments on “leaving Earth.”

In November 2020, a fan reportedly tweeted to Uzi: “Nah nah nah @LILUZIVERT you better not die at age 27.” This tweet, which has since been deleted, received a response from the rapper himself.

Lil Uzi Vert responded: “I let this go for so long I never said I was gonna die. Don’t you know leave this Earth is a term for taking DMT.”

He further clarified his statements from the interview: “I thought I would be able to handle DMT at 27 like it’s kinda close to 30 but 30 is gross.”

DMT stands for the psychedelic drug N, N-Dimethyltryptamine.

It’s not the first time Lil Uzi Vert has spoken about ‘leaving Earth’

Lil Uzi Vert has been vocal about his drug use over the years. The interview in which he spoke of “leaving Earth” is just one of several occasions the rapper has used this phrase as synonymous with taking hallucinogenic drugs such as DMT.

In February 2018, Uzi tweeted he was “leaving Earth” again alongside a mushroom emoji, a smiley face, and a letter ‘R’:

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What has Lil Uzi Vert said about drug use in the past?

Lil Uzi Vert has been vocal about his drug use in the past, particularly after the death of his friend, rapper Lil Peep.

Billboard reported following Peep’s death in November 2017, a number of rappers including Lil Uzi Vert said they were going sober.

Uzi tweeted in the days following Lil Peep’s passing: “Sober today – I have been shaking. I have been cursing my loved ones out and fighting In the studio with no thoughts in my head. Teeth biting down because I just wanna be angry at something.”

If you’ve been affected by this story you can contact American Addiction Centers on (877) 686-7688.Or Talk To Frank on 0300 123 6600 in the UK.

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