In May 2018, Playboi Carti released his debut album "Die Lit" and received a ton of appraisal for it, leading it to reach number 3 on the Billboard 200. After that, he dogged 2019 by carrying Trippie Redd in his song "They Afraid of You" and Tyler the Creator's "EARFQUAKE". After over two whole years of having the fans waiting, Playboi Carti finally released his sophomore debut album "Whole Lotta Red" on Christmas Day and, quite frankly, it left a lot of fans a "whole lotta disappointed". Many fans have sacrificed spending quality time with their family and friends during Christmas to bump an album that didn't live up to its hype and expectations. The fans had "trash" and "whole lotta skips" trending on the Twitter page, he released merch that was very controversial because it had very blatant satanic references, and Iggy Azalea put him on blast for going to his album listening party instead of spending time with her and their son on Christmas Day. What's even crazier, according to Iggy's tweets, is that Carti is the one that wanted to have the baby and also cheated on her with this chick while she was pregnant, who also was in attendance at the listening party.
Going back to the actual album, though, it boasts a Slash inspired album cover art as well as features from Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Future. Out of the 24 tracks, it seemed as if a lot of the songs in the first half had a lot of punk influence given the fact that they didn't seem to have a clear direction in terms of the vocals and lyrics, but rather it was him expressing the energy he was feeling at the time of him recording the tracks. Some of the songs in the second half, however, brought back the carti vibes that we were already used to. Kinda. I understand why people are hating on this so much. It's very different from the carti we're used to in the Die Lit and self-titled album. A lot of the songs bring out grimy, punk-inspired, Yeezus energy that's unorthodox to listen to in this day in age where we are more prone to listen to melodic songs, but I also think that it's an album that'll grow on people over time.
Here are my top 5 from the project:
Belive it or not, "Place" is proven to cure your anxiety and lower your blood pressure. That 5 second pause in the beginning of the song was dumb as fuck but other than that, it's one of the chillest songs from the album. The smooth ass beat that sounds like it's from outer space is produced by none other than Pierre Bourne himself, and it seems like Carti is trying to revert to the familiar sound that we all know from Die Lit and i'm all for it.
"Sky" is powered by a beat that comes from one of those arcade video games from the 90s, and then you got Carti doing his thing - rapping about getting high with his boys, fucking bitches, and pouring lean in his cup. The adlibs here were fire too. a whole vibe.
He had this one marinating in the slime. The beat of "Beno!" sounded a lot like "@ MEH", but nonetheless, it brings you everything you would ever want in a Playboi Carti song - catchy adlibs, dynamic flows, and lyrics on flexing his money and cars, shooting up his enemies, and spending a hundred K on his son. Ironic cus if he gave a fuck about his son he would've spent time with him this Christmas instead of dropping the album and hosting an album listening party, but I don't know that's just me.
2. NEW N3ON
Produced by Maaly Raw, this song brings that same futuristic vibe that was on Shoota in the Die Lit album, and, in a way, it somewhat sounds VERY similar to Shoota but that's beside the point. The point is that this song boasts a lively beat and also features lyrics that'll probably bring out that inner demon in you.
"Slay3r" is one of the catchiest songs from the album. On top of his classic adlibs that never fails to disappoint and the overall energy that he possesses, I really fuck with the irregularity and dynamic flow throughout the song. The only thing that's missing that could make this song go from good to great is if Uzi hopped on the beat. I was very disappointed that Uzi did not feature in any of the songs on this album, but nonetheless, great fucking song.
OTHER THINGS WORTH NOTING:
On "Go2DaMoon, Kanye put up with probably his best verse in years. Not only does he rap on 80% of the record, but he went off, talking about hitting the club with a fuck ton of money, being impeachable because he's from Atlanta, and how he's wolverine in sheepskin. However, with Kanye being back to releasing secular lyrics after dropping out of the race, it makes me wonder what if all this Christian stuff was for the campaign?
All in all, Whole Lotta Red shows the same catchy and wild energy that is in most of Playboi Carti's music. However, the album is honestly a "whole lotta mid". At the end of the day, you have to realize that this is Playboi Carti we're talking about... think about it... throughout his musical career he's sounded like a troll that's tweaking off xans and hasn't reached his growth spurt yet. It really wasn't Carti's fault that the album didn't live up to the outrageous expectations the album was put in, but it was rather ours for putting such a high standard for it.