Lil Uzi Vert delivered a banger performance in 2023’s Rolling Loud California and it’s safe to say that the rapper was the center of attention. To be even more precise, all eyes were on Lil Uzi Vert’s eyes. The Philadelphia-based hip-hop artist performed on stage wearing contrasting contact lenses. Their look immediately drew comparison to Sasuke Uchiha from the anime Naruto, as well as Satan.
For many anime fans, this comparison is a compliment to the rapper. However, Lil Uzi Vert’s performance at Rolling Loud is under scrutiny for being ‘satanic’. And it’s not just Naruto, the 27-year-old Luv Is Rage singer’s eyes also resemble those of Marilyn Manson, another controversial artist.
Literally has a sharingan & a rinnegan contacts on pic.twitter.com/i03UlAZ36d
— ᴛᴡɪᴛᴄʜ (@keyshaxn_) March 8, 2023
The rapper debuted their new single at the concert and part of the internet believes they are promoting Satan worship. In fact, some have even pointed out the name “Lil Uzi Vert” roughly sounds like Lucifer when said out loud fast enough. Recently, singer Sam Smith also made controversial headlines for the same reason with their new single Unholy.
Did Lil Uzi Vert’s controversial Rolling Loud performance promote Satan worship?
The rapper’s romantic relationship with JT of City Girls is quite public. Lil Uzi Vert debuted their new single, titled Just Wanna Rock, at the Rolling Loud concert. It featured some attention-grabbing lyrics like I make a City Girl believe in Satan, referring to Uzi and their girlfriend.
The Satanic lyric has become a major topic of discussion on the internet. Social media users believe that embracing devil worship in music culture is mainstream and that’s quite alarming. And it’s not just the lyrics that concern them.
Lil Uzi Vert and Sam Smith are just recent instances where artists have been mimicking a devilish appearance. It’s arguable that the devil has become more of a fashion trend in 2023, than a fearsome creature in religion.
Decoding Lil Uzi Vert’s look at the concert
Lil Uzi Vert is synonymous with their eccentric androgynous look. The artist dons face tattoos, striking hairstyles and piercings. However, this time they took it up a notch with contrasting contact lenses as one was was orange while the other was light blue.
During their live performance of Just Wanna Rock, Lil Uzi Vert wore a bright red suit with pentagram details in its belt and a fishnet shirt underneath. The singer also had a spiky hairstyle to complement this look. The pentagram symbol is often associated with Satanic culture.
Lil Uzi Vert’s love for Naruto
While the look mimics Marilyn Manson who made contrasting lenses iconic, we can assume that Lil Uzi Vert’s eyes were also a homage to Naruto. The rapper’s love for the anime doesn’t need introduction as they have even made a song called Sasuke in 2020.
The eyes resemble Sasuke’s Sharingan and Rinnegan, both of which are considered to be extremely potent jutsus, giving him a considerable advantage in battle. They allow their user to copy other jutsus, control other beings or even manipulate gravity.
Social media reactions to Lil Uzi Vert’s Rolling Loud performance
Apart from the obvious Naruto eye comparisons, the rapper’s performance at Rolling Loud 2023 received backlash from critics. Members of the Christian community have called out Lil Uzi Vert for promoting Satan worship.
Pastor calls out Lil Uzi Vert SATANIC Performance 👹👁️ pic.twitter.com/0xuqpebSgK
— Bobbalam Media | Hip-Hop & Rap News (@Bobbalammedia) March 9, 2023
U cannot look me in the eyes and tell me Lil Uzi Vert doesn’t practice dark arts.
— PY (@pycbcfcm) March 8, 2023
The recent concert began a discussion about Lil Uzi Vert’s past controversies where the artist told their fans they were “going to hell” with them. The rapper also had a diamond planted in their forehead in 2021.
Don’t think I’ll ever listen to lil uzi vert, playboi carti & the weekend ever again! They too demonic for me sorry.
— Ms.Dvna (@msdvna) March 8, 2023
Tony Yayo isn't vibing with Lil Uzi Vert's recent performance where he chanted he "made a City Girl" believe in Satan — in fact, Tony doesn't even wanna touch the topic with a 10-foot pole!!! https://t.co/mPqrLlmU9B
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 8, 2023
Summer Walker shares her opinion on Lil Uzi Vert’s choice of song lyrics. 📸(@gettyimages )#PostAndDelete pic.twitter.com/2UW0zaluKy
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) March 7, 2023
Be it the Naruto comparison or the Satanist claims, Lil Uzi Vert surely has the internet buzzing with their Rolling Loud gig.
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