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Playboi Carti decided that Christmas Day was the day to give a gift to all of his fans rather than his own son Onyx as he released his latest album, Red Lotta Whole just as Santa Claus was making his rounds. The rapper, from Atlanta, Georgia, split from his equally famous Australian partner, Iggy Azalea earlier this year, but it has already been reported that he has a good relationship with rapper and model, Azalea. also stating that their son “Onyx is so loved by his father”. Looks like Carti may have blurred her priorities a bit on this occasion, especially when you consider how much of a giveaway Red Lotta Whole actually is, and read Iggy’s subsequent comments on the matter.
Playboi Carti: “Whole Lotta Red”.
Playboi’s highly anticipated new album, its sequel to 2018 Die lit, had been plagued by persistent problems before its release, including the numerous leaked tracks. The album he eventually released was undoubtedly affected by this as he tries to push his own limits. Carti has long been considered fairly experimental, but on Red Lotta Whole he went deeper and darker than ever in defining his sound.
Red Lotta Whole is a sprawling mass that spans 24 songs and includes performances by Future, Kid Cudi and Kayne West. It’s not easy listening and won’t let you in without a lot of persistence, it’s by no means an immediate or commercial album. It’s cohesive and comes from a common thread that can be heard throughout the album. This is, however, one of its few interesting features.
The dark and brooding backdrop that makes up the majority of the score and arrangement on Red Lotta Whole is tough at times, but it shows that Playboi Carti isn’t just interested in staying safe and repeating its old glories. For his last outing, he chose to take a musical path that will undoubtedly polarize opinion. There are no easy starters Red Lotta Whole, including his single released simultaneously from the album, M3tamorphosis (Ft. Kid Cudi).
Some of the deepest basslines you can imagine help the soundtrack of almost all of Carti’s album and the difference between some of them is minimal. You can, if you are streaming, browse the tracks without knowing where you landed or where on the track you are.
The previously mentioned cohesion works in both directions, the tracks merge into each other without any particularly emerging. Ironically, the lightest track on the whole album is the last, F33l Lik3 Dyin. Here, the hour-long album ends with a song that samples Bon Iver’s iMi and as such, it stands out as an anomaly among the other pieces that Carti has included.
There’s probably a good album that’s trying to get out of Red Lotta Whole. With a bit of editing down to maybe half its size, some are pushing back producers and some rethinking it might have worked. As it stands, Playboi’s new album is a disappointing sequel to Die lit and certainly not the Christmas present we expected.