Though Lil Uzi Vert‘s contentious battle with his label Generation Now continues, the Philly rapper refuses to let that stop him from releasing new music. On Thursday (March 28), Uzi came out of retirement to drop his blistering track “Free Uzi.”
The three-minute song displays a more lyrical side of Uzi, similar to his 2018 banger “New Patek.” “Remember when them n—as all laughed at me/ Portfolios, now they all bring their apps to me,” he spews. He later speaks on his tax situation and how he owed $3 million. “Had to get my business together/ I had $3 million in taxes/ I got it all off on this level/ They said it’s $3 million missing/ I ain’t say nothing, I stay level.”
In the last few days, the embattled rapper has been at odds with Generation Now over the delay of his Eternal Atake album. Over the weekend, Generation Now’s DJ Drama told the rapper that he was free to release new music whenever he was ready. In response, Uzi posted on his Instagram Stories about his return to the studio, while also thanking Roc Nation for their help during his rough patch. A source confirmed to Billboard that Uzi has inked a management deal with Roc Nation, cementing his relationship with Jay-Z’s team.
Take a listen to “Free Uzi” below.