Lil Uzi Vert’s appreciation for goth rock luminary Marilyn Manson has been well-documented. From citing him as a music influence to even splurging on a glittery chain with the rock star’s face on it, Uzi has never been bashful about praising Manson. Now, in a new interview with Zane Lowe, Manson returned the favor and complimented the 22-year-old on his recent album Luv is Rage 2.
“I like his new record way better than the first one. The first one, I saw the potential in him because he had this attitude that reminded me of me when I was his age. I don’t want to sound aged by saying that, it just sounded like what needed to happen. But it wasn’t fully formed,” Manson told Lowe during a Beats 1 interview.
“There’s a lot of bands that do things and they try to seem authentic, but you can’t fake real,” he continued. “You can’t. I mean, I can fake it pretty good, but I don’t have to. But I think that’s where my relationship with a lot of these hip-hop artists is. Because they’re hardcore and they have a different lifestyle that’s unlike mine. I’m white from the Midwest, they’re from a different lifestyle, but people know real when they see it. And real scars show it. Mental, physical, musical, all of them.”
In a separate interview with Consequence of Sound, Manson also gushed about Uzi’s potential on the rock front.
“He wants to do a rock album next and I would love to see that happen because I think that he could make a new thing,” he said. “Not some rock/rap type of thing, something special and new that I think needs to be created just to fuck the world up more.”
He added, “I think that if I had to pick what Lil Uzi Vert should be, if he’s involved in rock, it’s an early Bad Brains or Faith No More, but with a catchier element. I think he has punk rock in him. He’s a lil crazy motherfucker. And good. Smart as fuck. He has an attitude like I did and I like that about him.”
Recently, Uzi scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Luv is Rage 2. Listen to Manson’s interview with Lowe below.