My knowledge of modern hip-hop ended somewhere between “Hey Ya” and Kanye West’s meme-ification. But after repeatedly seeing a number of tweets referencing a conspiracy theory that Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert is satanic, I was intrigued enough to dig a little deeper. I’ve compiled the main conspiracy theories that have been circulating regarding Uzi’s alleged Devil worship associations and why they are probably… you guessed it… not real.
Satanic Subliminal Messaging in Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Life” Music Video?
If you’re under the age of 25 and have a non-prescribed relationship with Xanax, Lil Uzi Vert’s song “XO Tour Life” was probably your song of the summer, propelled by Uzi’s supposedly emotional lyrics (spoiler alert: he chants “all my friends are dead” in the chorus…) as well as his appearance at pretty much every North American music festival that wasn’t ravaged by torrential downpour. But when the rapper released his official music video in accompaniment of the chart-topping single in early September, the blogosphere was abuzz with accusations of occult foul-play. Most of this was centred on the recurring Arabic text that occasionally subtitles the video, which was interpreted as a means of Satanic subliminal messaging by viewers who were already suspicious of Uzi’s reliance on disguised signifiers. Yet, these paranoid skeptics were put to rest when a crack team of linguistic specialists (by which I mean anyone who has access to “Google Translate”) discovered that the Arabic text actually meant nothing. It was merely a series of incoherent letters used as a questionable aesthetic choice courtesy of director Virgil Abloh. Tasteless? Yes. Does this prove that Lil Uzi Vert is satanic? Hell no (pun intended).
Lil Uzi Vert Sounds like “Lucifer” if You Say it Quickly
Another popular theory communicating that Lil Uzi Vert is satanic is the the fact that the rapper’s name sounds like “Lucifer” if said quickly and, ostensibly, in a marble-mouthed manner. I mean, seriously!? First of all, this dude’s real name is Symere Woods, which has more in common with a professional golfer than an occult leader. Secondly, it is ridiculous to assume there’s actually any truth to a name that he chose himself. Is Snoop Dogg actually a dog? No. Is Ice Cube actually a small block of frozen water? NO. Is Fat Joe actually fat? Well…apparently not anymore. But anyhow, my point is that it is inherently ridiculous to assume that self-given monikers are self-fulfilling prophecies, therefore any link between Lil Uzi Vert and Lucifer clearly defies logic.
Lil Uzi Vert and Marilyn Manson: Instagram Besties or Satanic Beasts?
The last, and probably most ridiculous link between Lil Uzi Vert and the devil is the rapper’s overt love for Marilyn Manson. Uzi has repeatedly worn Manson-adorned shirts and even went as far as to get a $220,000 gold chain sculpted in his likeness. But realistically speaking, pretty much anyone who’s ever stepped foot in a Hot Topic or watched TRL in the years between 1997 and 2003 can be considered a Marilyn Manson fan. Clearly, Marilyn Manson fandom and devil worship are mutually exclusive. And yes, although Manson is an ordained minister in the Church of Satan, he’s probably too busy dating Avril Lavigne or releasing increasingly underperforming records to actually take part in any occult rituals. Besides, do you know who else wears Marilyn Manson shirts? Justin Bieber, and that dude loves Jesus.
So, do you still think Lil Uzi Vert is satanic? I sure hope not because it feels as though it is pretty certain that this guy is simply riding a trend. Lil Uzi Vert just doesn’t seem as committed to the day-to-day responsibilities that befall a true satanist. I hope this article has helped clear up some of the confusion surrounding these unfounded allegations regarding the XO Tour Life man and devil worship.