After two years I finally, just this year, started enjoying R.I.P. off of Die Lit. Mathematically, that should have me enjoying the entirety of Playboi Carti's debut album right around 2056, assuming I can live into my sixties. That doesn't leave a lot of extra time to get into Carti's follow up album, Whole Lotta Red, which after many people's long anticipation finally dropped tonight. I came in with low expectations because I knew I was not thrilled with Die Lit and couldn't quite understand what the incredible hype surrounding the album was based on.
Much like Die Lit, the most I can pin down is that people get a lot of energy off of Carti and find his music just in general infectious. I'm sure there aren't people out here trying to deeply analyze the content of either of the artists two albums because that would be missing the point of just vibing with and enjoying the shot of adrenaline in the heart that Carti provides.
Personally, however, I feel like someone with ADHD on Adderall. In the general population it makes you stay awake for hours, you clean your whole house, and you write your whole term paper two hours before it's due. For those with ADHD, however, you just kind of feel normal and go about your business. Where someone might get really hyped up by Carti's loud and stimulating beats, as well as his straightforward performing style, I just kind of feel like nothing is going on.
Carti has made enough waves at this point that I'll still keep an eye out to see what his future projects look like. However, we're zero for two so far on my end as neither of these albums feel like they have enough engaging substance or genuine bite that they are worth lingering with for more than you admittedly have to. Feel free to start taking bets on which Die Lit song I get into by 2022, though.
Favorite track: Vamp Anthem