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So Playboi Carti's self-titled tape has been one my sleeper favs this year. It's buoyant and gleefully swaggy, and it fills me with Rae Sremmurd levels of joy, even though he's a fraction as clever as those guys are. He's got a kind of Lil Uzi Vert cult of personality thing going and has the same 2017 Soundcloud aesthetic as a lot of acts right now, but I haven't heard anybody else carry this sound quite so well across an entire project. Whole tape hangs together really beautifully. Saw him open for Gucci Mane and he was great live, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHTeJlwuXzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J86bpeQsd30

Evan R, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:07 (three years ago) link

I really liked Al's takedown of the album on his blog... I think most of this is pretty accurate, even though my verdict is essentially the opposite of his

Playboi Carti spends a lot of his debut mixtape talking about other rappers sounding like him, and while I haven't really followed his career closely enough to know if that's actually true, I have a hard time really distinguishing him from his contemporaries in any meaningful way. In a way it doesn't even matter who influences who, because it feels like no matter what, he's the Chingy to Lil Uzi Vert's Nelly. And there's just something really loathsomely half-assed about this project that he seemed to delay over and over for a year or two until he finally had enough buzz for a major label to back it. He didn't give it a title, the cover looks like crap, he didn't credit his producers, and the songs sound like the same anonymous shit a thousand other guys are doing on SoundCloud.

http://narrowcast.blogspot.com/2017/05/monthly-report-april-2017-albums.html

Evan R, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:09 (three years ago) link

yeah it's pretty good. This Pi'erre Bourne guy is talented.

ANU (sisilafami), Wednesday, 3 May 2017 23:11 (three years ago) link

great tape in a one dimensional way

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:34 (three years ago) link

yeesh i like the carti more than any of the other rap records al reviews this side of kendrick

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:55 (three years ago) link

Yeah it's a solid, cohesive listen front to back. Chappelle had that line about Lil Jon, how he always sounded like he was gonna start rapping but never did...I thought of that a lot during this tape lol

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 4 May 2017 01:07 (three years ago) link

lol yeah that's spot on. This is one of those cases where the album is probably better because the rapper can't actually rap, though. It's just a kick hearing an excitable dude ad lib and make fun noises

Evan R, Thursday, 4 May 2017 03:15 (three years ago) link

otm its fun and the stop/start & noises are fun

johnny crunch, Friday, 5 May 2017 13:47 (three years ago) link

in new york i milly rock / hide it in my sock

flopson, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:06 (three years ago) link

I really like Magnolia.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:11 (three years ago) link

I enjoyed it ok but def felt like it was a little one note and always had that "ok when's this about to get going" feel

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:15 (three years ago) link

& im on the block / posted up w flops xxp

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:16 (three years ago) link

the beat on the song w/ A$AP is really cool & loopy

flopson, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:44 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

New album!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 11 May 2018 06:50 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

new album was good & prob underrateed but i cant help feeling like his entire career is contained in a song like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w6X_B9nVPg

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 1 March 2019 21:14 (one year ago) link

flatbed freestyle is amazing... he's a popular and critically acclaimed young rapper who is somehow prob underrated as an auteurish weirdo

J0rdan S., Friday, 1 March 2019 21:30 (one year ago) link

yeah agree w that summation ... the problem for me w that newer album is more abt sequencing than the actual content of the songs, it felt kinda like a random data dump ... strong music throughout, def kind of underrated bc hes not a uzi level star or w/e

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 1 March 2019 22:30 (one year ago) link

uzi moment seems to have passed no?

flopson, Saturday, 2 March 2019 01:49 (one year ago) link

idk whats going on w him

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 3 March 2019 03:06 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

up to something

pic.twitter.com/nevbxXpuek

— *^! (@playboicarti) April 14, 2020

fauci wally (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 23:33 (nine months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMDOSLEVdBw

petey v, Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:19 (nine months ago) link

wanted to say something like "song title unfortunately otm" but nah it's pretty cool

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:01 (nine months ago) link

love it

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:42 (nine months ago) link

it's good. I was listening to Japanese ambient immediately beforehand and it flowed v well

dip to dup (rob), Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:45 (nine months ago) link

somewhat unexpectedly bright but this is great

ogmor, Thursday, 16 April 2020 19:02 (nine months ago) link

apparently co-produced by jetsonmade which is a pleasant surprise

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 April 2020 19:10 (nine months ago) link

something about this reminds me of jeremih 'oui'

Spottie, Friday, 17 April 2020 00:43 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

album coming tonight? maybe? actually?

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIogMp9g999/?igshid=7e8a0u0mc9uh

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Friday, 11 December 2020 01:06 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

LAMBORGHINI PARKED OUTSIDE, IT’S PURPLE LIKE LEAN

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:26 (four weeks ago) link

"vamp anthem" keeps making me think "bowser's castle type beat" whenever i listen to it

ufo, Thursday, 7 January 2021 07:11 (two weeks ago) link

haha this whole album sounds a little game soundtrack-y to me

rob, Thursday, 7 January 2021 15:08 (two weeks ago) link

yeah absolutely that's just the funniest one to me

"m3tamorphosis" is very metroid soundtrack for example

ufo, Thursday, 7 January 2021 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

Incredible production on this record. This is probably a lazy comparison but the whole thing feels very “punk” to me

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 18 January 2021 04:25 (one week ago) link

it's trap taken to its absolute logical conclusion by my reckoning. rhymes, flows, wordplays all but jetisoned for gurgles and squeaks, phrases repeated over and over, and some seriously out-there production. i'm on board.

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Monday, 18 January 2021 10:41 (one week ago) link

I love the mix on “die lit” and it might be one of my favorite albums in the genre. I think there’s some really cool sounds on this one, but I’m not a fan at all of the mix, everything sounds tiny and on the same level except the vocals, which - let’s be honest - aren’t the most pleasant thing to listen to.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 18 January 2021 17:13 (one week ago) link

the vocal experimentation is by far the best thing about the album

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Monday, 18 January 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

“i’m just worried bout MEEEeeeee”

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Monday, 18 January 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

yeah its punk bc it is all sustain rather than the spaciousness of, say, "pretty girls like trap music". like a punk record, everything is same volume. and it's not a lazy idea, there's a song called "punk monk" on it! and rap has been flirting with rock and punk for like 5 years now

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 18 January 2021 18:38 (one week ago) link

I don’t disagree that they are a highlight, however the mix doesn’t do them any favors.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 18 January 2021 18:41 (one week ago) link

something i think would really help the album is if, in true punk fashion, the songs were shorter. m3tamorphosis does not need to be five minutes! also can't see why he didn't throw "@MEH" into the record either, it's probably his strongest track since *wokeuplikethis imo

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 03:37 (six days ago) link

“metamorphosis” is the only track that drags, imo

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 04:58 (six days ago) link

i kinda wish cudis presence was reduced to just the humming but its always a highlight for me anyway

ufo, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 05:57 (six days ago) link

another thing this record reminds me of is the farrah abraham album, especially in the moments where he gets emotional talking about his brother

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 06:51 (six days ago) link

the vocal experimentation is by far the best thing about the album

― boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Monday, January 18, 2021 11:18 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Eh I think of this project as being abt balance between the difft elements

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 06:56 (six days ago) link

But yea I disagree w moka tbc

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 17:57 (six days ago) link

also can't see why he didn't throw "@MEH" into the record either

ha, instead he threw on a totally distinct track named "meh"

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:00 (six days ago) link

@meh was very 'ok at best' to me

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:12 (five days ago) link

i love “@meh” but *rockist sunglasses descend over my eyes* the album inhabits its own distinct world

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 14:24 (five days ago) link

Not feeling this at all, and I liked Die Lit. Moka otm.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 14:30 (five days ago) link

I assume it's Cudi's moaning over the bottom of "M3tamorphosis" -- I love it.

every time my mind goes blank for a second, i hear carti intoning "DON'T TALK TOO MEEEEE" on "punk munk"

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:57 (five days ago) link

*monk

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:57 (five days ago) link

i feel like i don't quite understand what the ppl who like this album are getting out of it... i feel like i've mostly read posts about how it's forward thinking or w/e but not much about what it is about the music, lyrics, performance etc that is actually enjoyable/memorable. it feels very well branded to me, mostly. there's some good songs on it but i found a lot of the leaked songs to just be catchier... i don't like anything on the record more than this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znM2-91H9jY

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:10 (five days ago) link

i think i can get w/ the album more if i think of it as evolutionary mf doom as opposed to, like, some magnum opus blockbuster rap album

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:11 (five days ago) link

to me ‘cancun’ just sounds like anything off his first album, whereas the album feels like an update of c. 2014 ‘sh!t‘ and ‘danny glover’ era of weirdo bangers (even if nothing on it comes close to the level of greatness of those 2). my fav part is the different voices. sometimes the combinations of the chorus of wheezing voice ad libs under baby voice is so grotesque and cacophonous i love it lol. can’t single out production on many tracks and i don’t think it would stand out with more conventional vox but it works and is v consistent. ‘teen x’ is def a highlight. a lot of the beats have snatches of fruity melody but also sound rough-hewn and busted; the ‘king vamp’ beat sounds like it was arbitrarily cut in half at a random second and then looped. lyrics is obviously the weakest part since it’s carti, there’s no ‘all of my cups are muddy/I fuck my bitches' buddies’ and none of his repetitions hit like future screaming ‘you ain’t fuck shit‘ but the relentlessness ‘when the sun goes down/yeah it’s time to creep’ is great. verse in ‘sky‘ is good too ‘im bout to dirty my cup/pour up some lean and get stuck’ but that’s one of the most conventional songs

flopson, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:31 (five days ago) link

i agree with that mostly except the production is very cool to me and i'd still love a lot of it even with more conventional vocals. i really love the blown-out game soundtrack sound and its all catchy enough to let him get away with doing whatever wild thing with his vocals that he feels like

ufo, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:37 (five days ago) link

‘not PLaying’ another beat highlight imo

flopson, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:40 (five days ago) link

i've grown to appreciate the lyrics, maybe because the constant mantra repetition hammered into my subconscious, or maybe it's a "i like how he says it" thing (for lines like "i wanted to be just like my brother, he was a damn thug")

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:41 (five days ago) link

the album feels like an update of c. 2014 ‘sh!t‘ and ‘danny glover’ era of weirdo bangers (even if nothing on it comes close to the level of greatness of those 2).

mentioned in the rap thread that the album this reminds me of the most is future's monster

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:43 (five days ago) link

i love how ‘teen x’ beat sets these looping squiggles of zaytovenesque melodies off each other where they’re slightly detuned and don’t perfectly line up so they clash in a way that’s playfully demented, really fits the vocals

flopson, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:48 (five days ago) link

The older leak stuff is way smoother and complacent, the new stuff is more shocking and confrontational, it’s a new mode for him which is exciting, esp considering I was getting kind of tired of the sameyness of the leak tracks. I like the more active, aggro tone; the way he makes his vocals cut in and out feels more alive and less drowsy than a lot of the leak stuff Imo... I don’t just think this is an interesting variation but makes his earlier stuff seem a bit plain

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 23:01 (five days ago) link

reggie cartaaaa, that's my brothaaaa

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 23:22 (five days ago) link

fallon performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqBN6Ghu_n4

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:33 (four days ago) link


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