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  • Gov't Name: Symere Woods
  • Twitter: @LilUziVert
  • Instagram: @LilUziVert
  • Age: 21
  • Reppin: Philadelphia
  • Notable Releases: Singles: “Money Longer,” “Super Saiyan Trunks,” "Finessin Hearts,” “Queso”; Mixtapes: Luv Is Rage, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World, The Real Uzi; Guest Appearances: Young Thug’s “Big Racks,” Carnage’s “WDYW,” Travi$ Scott’s “NaNa”
  • Label: Generation Now/Atlantic Records
  • Currently Working On: As-yet-titled EP due out in early 2017.
  • Surprised About Who Is Missing: “Playboi Carti. That don’t make sense. Carti gettin’ a lot of numbers. People pay attention. When I go places, I play me and Carti’s song ['Left, Right'] and everybody know it word for word. That’s like my little brother.”
  • Influenced By: “One thing I could tell you is that I’m all over the place. I know about everything, like one of those guys. When you get to that point it’s kinda hard to say who you influenced by because it’s so many people and then you embody it, not embrace it, embody it until something that you turn into your own. And then it’s like I just created this. You can’t say I look like this person or sound like this person exactly because I made it my own. I’m pretty, pretty influenced by myself right now.”
  • As A Freshman In High School: “When I was a freshman, I was the cool one. Niggas was getting knocked out, but 
I was the cool one.”

TRUTH: On Being A 2016 XXL Freshman:

“DJ Drama just let me know. I know that being on the cover will open people eyes on me being a new artist and embracing me because like I’m so good that like people know that but they don’t want to give it a chance. But they do eventually. This definitely will open people’s eyes. Last year, I was still getting like a couple thousand views and stuff [on YouTube] and this year it went up to like a couple million.

It’s definitely a different space. A lot more shows, a lot more work I gotta do. I don’t get to like just make a song and then just be chillin’. I gotta lot of work to do. Very tiring. I’ll tell you this year is very tiring. Last year, I was very lax. You can never get caught laccin’. You can’t get comfortable or nothing because that is a trait of being broke. I already been there before. You gotta stay on your feet. I’m tryna be somewhere I never been before. [Being on the cover] is cool. I know that great, great rappers in history done been on the cover.

I remember when I used to be in school I would look up the cover. It just shows you who’s next. It’s gon’ definitely expand my crowd just from the history of the magazine itself. Definitely a great way to brand yourself. I remember Kendrick was on the cover and he’s like the man. It’s a lot of people that been on the cover. Even Lil B was on there one time. It’s definitely for the people too, forget us. It’s to show you who really worked hard and you should give them that chance that they deserve honestly. It’s for us, yeah, it’s an accomplishment but it's for people to really realize who you are." - Georgette Cline

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