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.
― Evan R, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:07 (eight months ago) Permalink
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.
― Evan R, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:09 (eight months ago) Permalink
yeah it's pretty good. This Pi'erre Bourne guy is talented.
― ANU (sisilafami), Wednesday, 3 May 2017 23:11 (eight months ago) Permalink
great tape in a one dimensional way
― Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:34 (eight months ago) Permalink
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 (eight months ago) Permalink
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 (eight months ago) Permalink
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 (eight months ago) Permalink
otm its fun and the stop/start & noises are fun
― johnny crunch, Friday, 5 May 2017 13:47 (eight months ago) Permalink
in new york i milly rock / hide it in my sock
― flopson, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:06 (eight months ago) Permalink
I really like Magnolia.
― human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:11 (eight months ago) Permalink
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 (eight months ago) Permalink
& im on the block / posted up w flops xxp
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:16 (eight months ago) Permalink
the beat on the song w/ A$AP is really cool & loopy
― flopson, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:44 (eight months ago) Permalink