Playboi Carti’s long-awaited album “Whole Lotta Red” does not ease anticipation


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Playboi Carti’s newest album “Whole Lotta Red” was released on Christmas of 2020.

Ethan Walker

It’s no surprise that Playboi Carti’s long-awaited “Whole Lotta Red” album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Carti has one of the biggest fan bases in the rap industry. Carti first announced the album in 2018, however, his fans had to wait for the release of the album until Christmas of 2020 which built up high expectations and a lot of anticipation.

Carti’s previous album “Die lit” and self-titled “Playboi Carti” albums were extremely successful. However, the vast majority of hip-hop/rap fans simply don’t seem to like “Whole Lotta Red” nearly as much.

Compared to what Carti has put out in the past, this album was not nearly as good of quality. I’m not a fan of this new style that he has been using in his most recent songs. He used his well-known “baby voice” style of rapping coined by himself on a lot of the songs. When he’s not using the baby voice, he’s expressing his voice using his identity as a rockstar vampire, showing his appreciation for the 1987 film “The Lost Boys.”

It’s safe to say that “Whole Lotta Red” doesn’t have any hit songs that we’ve seen in past Carti albums, but there are a few songs that his fans actually like. The top 3 streamed songs off the album on Spotify are “Slay3r”, “Vamp Anthem”, and “M3tamorphosis.” It’s easy to vibe with “Vamp Anthem” as the instrumental is the main attraction for this song.

To enjoy this project you have to have a certain taste in music. I am not one of those people, but there is a large number of people that do. It’s why Playboi Carti albums will always do great numbers even though they receive tons of negative appraisal.

Carti dropped a total of 24 songs on “Whole Lotta Red”, only three of these songs with features. The three features were Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Future, all considered to be elite artists.

I was expecting a little more from Future who I thought underperformed by a lot and Kanye West opened “Go2DaMoon” with a much better verse. As for “M3tamorphosis,” feature Kid Cudi, one of the most respected artists in the rap industry, carried this song to success.

If I were to rank all 3 of Playboi Carti’s albums, I’d have to put “Whole Lotta Red” at the bottom behind “Die Lit” and his self-titled “Playboi Carti” album.

Anyone who will like the style used in Playboi Carti’s new album “Whole Lotta Red” has most likely already heard the album. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that is not used to him, especially those going in looking for good, genuine music.