Playboi Carti - Whole Lotta Red
Dec 25, 2020 (updated Jan 15, 2021)
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Phew… this is my fourth attempt at this. I can now say with certainty that this album is one of the year’s most polarizing albums. Yes, I’ve rewritten this review 4 times now; first time was a meme review, second was a half-assed review I wrote at 3 AM, third was what I thought would be my final statement of the album where I gave it a 50… well, you all know how that went since we are now here. Listen, if you don’t enjoy this album, give it another try. Trust me, you most likely won’t regret it. I’ve listened to Whole Lotta Red around 7-8 times now, and I feel like I can finally give a concrete opinion on the album.

Going into this, I didn’t expect Die Lit 2 and I think anyone who paid attention to the promotional rollout of this album and expected Die Lit 2 is stupid. There were so many red herrings that this was going to be vastly different from everything Carti had done prior; the Kanye West co-production, Carti’s cryptic Tweets, and Carti straight up describing the album as “alternative” and “psyched-out” just to name a few. I’m astonished at how many people were expecting an album in the vein of Die Lit, and I, for one, was completely opened to a new direction.

So here we are, a tumultuous wait behind us, and Whole Lotta Red is finally in our hands. Now, what exactly is Whole Lotta Red? Well, it’s a lot to say the least...

The punk influences across this album are clear as day, and Carti completely nails that style. Across Whole Lotta Red, Carti is completely unhinged. He comes through with some of his wildest and most batshit crazy vocal inflections he’s ever come up with. As a vocalist, he honestly reminds me of Young Thug with how animated and hyper he sounds. The production is just as crazy as Carti, containing some of the loudest and most banging production that has landed on any mainstream trap project to date, let alone a Playboi Carti project. Whole Lotta Red is at its best when Carti is spazzing out over thunderous and ferocious production, tracks such as Stop Breathing, New Tank, and On That Time just to name a few. While the rough mixing may repel some people and make the album feel rushed, it seems like the rough nature was intentional. How blown-out the instrumentals are and how raucous Carti delivery over them only amplifies the album's rowdy vehemence, and how hard the album fuckin bangs. I will admit that there are a few moments here at which Carti lays down an annoying melody or his unhingedness can be a bit of a double-edged sword, i.e. JumpOutTheHouse, but those songs are severely outnumbered by some of Carti’s most aggressive and savage tracks to date, songs that remind me of the days where fun yet rough around the edges Soundcloud anthems were erupting in popularity.

I do think the album does fall off a bit towards its final leg. Everything past track King Vamp just sounded like Die Lit B-Sides to my ears. They have the same relaxing and wavy feel that Die Lit’s songs have and they are ultimately decent songs, however, they just feel hamfisted at the end of this album. I feel as if Carti should have gone all out if he was truly pursuing this newfound sound, and these tracks squashed at the album’s backend are ruining the album’s aesthetic cohesion. There were some tracks in a similar vein of these songs in the first half, but they felt like somewhat interludish moments to segue one vicious banger into another. Still, seven out-of-place songs can’t ruin what was already a great album prior, and as I mentioned before, the songs aren’t bad by any means, so I can’t entirely fault the album.

To close this review off, I must say that I can’t help but draw parallels to Kanye West's Yeezus. Not from a musical standpoint, not at all, but rather where it sits from a reception standpoint in the artist's discography. Carti makes an album that will puzzle fans and critics for a while as Yeezus did for its initial years of release, dividing them completely as to whether it's good or not. Will it be beloved by fans in critics in 5 years like Yeezus is? Who fucking knows, because I sure don’t. All I’m saying is that if you don’t like this album or think it’s middle of the road on your initial listen, give it another chance as I believe Carti is putting out some of his most forward-thinking and aggressive material on this album, even if it isn’t as euphoric and blissful as Die Lit.

Favorite Tracks: Rockstar Made, Stop Breathing, Beno!, M3tamorphosis, Slay3r, No Sl33p, New Tank, Teen X, Meh, Vamp Anthem, New N3on, Control, Punk Monk, On That Time, King Vamp, Place, Not PLaying

Worst Track: Go2DaMoon
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59 Comments
Dec 25, 2020
SLATTT
Dec 25, 2020
Cudi's hums finna make me cum
Dec 25, 2020
Yeah a lot of people are gonna hate this but tbh I like it quite a bit.
Dec 25, 2020
Nah nvm second listen treating this one terribly
Dec 25, 2020
Chode.
Dec 25, 2020
slatt
Dec 25, 2020
This is either fucking terrible or the best shit ever. It depends on when I'm listening to it.
Dec 25, 2020
I'm so fucking confused holy shit this both lived up to the hype and was a massive disappointment
Dec 25, 2020
@Chode same bruh same
Dec 25, 2020
SLATT
Dec 25, 2020
I agree with most of what you said I just feel like ppl in general were expecting a similar sound to Die Lit of course and he gave the fans the opposite of the minimalist melodic sound that Die Lit was and instead wanted to be polarizing and completely in your face and hard with the production and vocals, even tho most of the production is also just regular loops it sounds harsher and worse bc it isn't as melodic and instead a bashing bass & 808s.
Dec 25, 2020
Completely agree, this is EXACTLY how I feel abt the album! Nailed the review! :)
Dec 25, 2020
its the new Die Lit
Dec 25, 2020
I agree with the Yeezus comparison for sure.
Dec 25, 2020
SLATT this si the realest review ever
Dec 25, 2020
@ReallyLuv I think people shouldn't have expected a new Die Lit especially with how he was promoting it. Ye on co-production plus with him calling "alternative" and "psyched-out". I was 100% expecting something in this vein, I just wasn't expecting to feel so divided about it.
Dec 25, 2020
@chode i feel like this will get better over time. It's weird nonetheless.
Dec 25, 2020
Hit the nail on the head with this one. Got worse and worse with each listen
Dec 25, 2020
W but I think it's more like tyler's cherry bomb, too many people like Yeezus
Dec 25, 2020
@rapscorer321 Eh either work. Yeezus was pretty split when it was first released, but it's since become a classic, something that Cherry Bomb hasn't imo.
Dec 25, 2020
slattt
Dec 25, 2020
i must know ur fav and least fav tracks >:(
Dec 26, 2020
Alright I fixed the review
Dec 26, 2020
@Chode I completely agree with the fav and least fav tracks, although I wasn't a huge fan of 'Meh'. Congratulations on getting 111 likes!!! :)
Dec 26, 2020
@Cry Thanks!
Dec 26, 2020
Great review! This def had both incredibly high and low standpoints but I still loved it for the most part
Dec 26, 2020
best review hands down
Dec 26, 2020
where is Stop Breathing?
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020
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Dec 28, 2020
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Dec 29, 2020
lmao dude we had the same progression of opinions with this album
Dec 29, 2020
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Dec 29, 2020
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Dec 29, 2020
Top 10 reviews on this site for me, that’s with the 4 part progression. Each chapter was needed.
Dec 29, 2020
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Jan 2, 2021
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Jan 2, 2021
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Jan 3, 2021
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