One must give Playboi Carti props for maintaining his wave without debuting a full project since gaining buzz from his SoundCloud hit “Broke Boi”. With his name aligned with the Lil Uzi Verts and Lil Yachtys of today, he has done the least out of his peers. Sparingly dropping a few tracks of his own and adlibbing on a few guest spots, Playboi Carti was in no rush to release his own music. “Who does this guy think he is? Frank Ocean or something?”.
The blessings were abundant on April 14 as Playboi Carti and Kendrick Lamar decided to grace us with their projects. The contrast of the sounds of “Playboi Carti” and DAMN some could find ironic, one artist deemed as “nonsense playful” music while the other would be hit with adjectives like “introspective” and “classic” hip hop. You just have to be on a certain level of intelligence to understand Playboi Carti (“some would argue that you have to be willing to lose some brain cells”).
On the 15 track mixtape, “Playboi Carti” opens with chill vibes on “Location”. If you weren’t feeling the soothing vocals of Khalid’s Location song, this track is a great alternative as Carti raps whatever comes to his head and makes it sound so profound. “Diamonds they wet on my arms/Tats on my neck and my arms”. The sluggish flow and cloudy production would be the perfect background music for a relay race but the baton would be replaced with a white cup filled with lean. “Magnolia” is the best song on the album and that’s just the facts. The chorus got New Yorkers hitting their Timbs together three times and saying “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, B” while New Orleaners working on the bounce version. Memorable line:” All these h-es want cash/all these h-es want bags/F-cking on yo’ b-tch, uh I’m her dad”. Fuckyeahtoincest!
Those who aren’t a Carti fan should probably turn off the music because it’s clear what the rest of the project sounds like.
However, those who are avid fans of adlibs and dope beats, continue on because there are some goodies. The three things that makes “wokeuplikethis” lit is that: it’s easily a standout, Carti and Lil Uzi Vert just gave the male version of Beyonce’s Flawless and Carti asking Uzi where his gun at is priceless.
Carti holds it down with adlibs and a few bars on “New Choppa” but he knows that his boss, A$AP Rocky bodied the track. What more can he say? The conceited levels are on another level as Rocky brings out his “pretty boy” flow with lines like “Accused of being boujee by a snobby b-tch” and “she say I’m special, that’s obvious”.
“No. 9” is a very dreamy, tropical and fancy track as Carti brags about his rich lifestyle filled with women, drugs and fun. “Flex” embodies the daze of “No. 9” especially with the soft beat switch and vocals from Leven Kali that makes a weird, soft, trap orgasmic listen. I really like this track.
“Playboi Carti” gave fans just what they needed from Carti with its variety in beat selections and simplicity. He doesn’t over-rap or camouflage himself by having too many features. He knows he can’t rap and uses it to his advantage. His formula of mashing his acute bars yet dope ear for production with different vocal pitches and adlibs is a science that works for him and his fans. Some may scream “but he made us wait for TWO years!” but the gag is, that this project would have probably sounded the same whether Carti put it out following the success of “Broke Boi”. The most important thing is that it didn’t suck and Carti doubled, maybe even tripled the amount of music he had by putting out the tape.
“Playboi Carti” is out via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.