, the trap music mastermind behind and his now legendary , has released his latest single, Million Dollar Bills, featuring the vocalist . UZ has few rivals when it comes to his skills with the 808s and was incredibly influential when trap was exploding circa 2012. There are few artists who can claim the influence UZ had on both the trap genre and electronic music as a whole (I mean, what other 2011-2012 tracks do you still find slipped into trap sets in 2017 besides MAYBE and ‘s ?). His minimalist, but eccentric style, combined with almost an intuitive understanding 808 driven rhythm has made UZ and his sound paradigmatic as a foundation for trap music generally. I’ll be honest, as what I would somewhat ridiculously consider an “UZ Purist,” I was a little apprehensive a vocalist appearing on his tracks. I’m used to deep, sub-bass, a bizarre synth, maybe a couple those bed-spring squeaky noises, and a gunshot or two arranged in such a way that it strikes the listener as the most essential elements a trap track. A vocalist would just add noise to the already refined perfection, right? But, I was wrong. In Million Dollar Bills, UZ teams up with Gia, whose track UZ remixed back in 2015, and delivers a single that demonstrates UZ’s growth as an artist and producer as well as the versatility the trap genre itself. With his eyes ultimately on developing a series tracks that fit within the framework an LP, Million Dollar Bills adds emotion and color to an otherwise party-oriented genre. Described as rife with brooding intensity, Gia’s raw sensuality, and UZ’s signature low end chords and drum ripples, the track is truly a majestic finished product.
UZ – Million Dollar Bills ft. Gia
Moreover, and luckily for me on the east coast, UZ has also embarked on a Quality Goods Tour, to showcase the artists who have come under the umbrella his newly formed label. I have been starved for an UZ show since he randomly played a (I know, bizarre venue, but totally awesome) under a bridge here in NYC. And while he does make his festival appearances every once in a while (I saw him at Electric Zoo a couple years back after the Chinese food thing), it simply doesn’t compare to the smaller, more intimate shows that really highlight the true atmosphere and ambiance his tracks. While some believe trap and UZ’s significance as a true trap lord may be waning (such as that I in many ways agree with), I’m still very excited to see what the masked mastermind has to bring us in the future. So, be sure to check out Million Dollar Bills, and if you’re lucky enough to have , and see what kind show one the OG’s trap music puts on.
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