Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Eternal Atake’ Project Artwork References Infamous UFO-Based Religious Cult Heaven’s Gate
Nearly a week after teasing two fresh singles, the "The Way Life Goes" rapper scrubbed all the posts from his Instagram account with exception of the snippet of a song titled "New Patek" as well as what appears to be the cover art for his forthcoming Eternal Atake project.
The art is pretty glaringly a direct reference to the Heaven's Gate cult, an infamous San Diego-based religious cult that believed the Hale-Bopp comet was an interstellar transport UFO. In 1997, 39 of its members committed suicide under the belief that their deaths would transport them off of Earth and save them from an impending "conclusion" of the planet. It's also worth noting that Lil Uzi Vert's avatar on Instagram is a photo of Heaven's Gate leader Marshall Applewhite.
The photo also recreates Heaven's Gates logo with a small phrase at the bottom. Uzi's version reads, "As promised - the keys to Eternal Atake are here again in Luv and Rage (The UFO 2) as Lil Uzi Vert and his father 2000 years ago."
Along with the photo, a caption simply reads, "eternal atake wanna hear ? Do you think This is Track list cover or real deal?" But, if you've been paying close attention to the rapper over the course of the last few weeks, this could very much be the "real deal."
Earlier this month, Uzi shared two cryptic tweets which led many fans to believe that he was revealing the title for his newest effort. "Eternal Atake," the Philly native wrote on July 16. "Eternal means forever. Atake means 2 overtake," he added in a separate tweet. And, now it appears as though the multiple fan theories behind Eternal Atake's meaning were an inkling in the right direction.
Take a look at the cover art as well as Instagram post for Eternal Atake below, and the logo for the Heaven's Gate cult.
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