One artist that made his claim to fame as being a top mumble rap artist is rapper Playboi Carti. Carti started the year off with his hit single Magnolia, which has over 30 million views on Youtube and has 50 million streams on SoundCloud. In early April of 2017 Carti released his debut self titled album Playboi Carti. For an artist that is not signed to a major label, the album did fairly well selling 28,051 units in its first week. Based off album sales, content and overall creativity concepts I would consider Playboi Carti an album worth giving a listen too. Regardless of popularity, the albums creative content and unique sound from song to song I would recommend listening to it.
The album starts off with the track Location (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39XR4EXFz5Y&list=PLcxdst6awVjwJ4dyhKzd75sk6hmYPHE2W). This song was a good way to start the album with, the slow deep melodic sound is an unusual sound for a mumble rapper, but Carti carries out his normal mumble rap flow. The next track Magnolia, was considered by many his breakout hit. This track has a very catchy hook and an upbeat instrumental. One of the keys to this song being so successful was the milly rock dance that Carti talks about in the song. The next song on the album Lookin features Lil Uzi Vert, a very well known mumble rap artist. The two combined on this track to make the ultimate mumble rap song. Up next is the song Wokeuplikethis* also featuring Lil Uzi Vert. This song is very upbeat and considered a top song on the album. The two working together makes an interesting melodic sound. In this song Carti discusses people copying his style in music, a common problem amongst mumble rappers.
The next track Let it go was one of the lower quality songs off of the album. In my opinion this song does not contain any content worth listening to, and the instrumental seems to be off beat to Cartis lyrics. The following song Half & Half isn’t much better and also is very repetitive. The instrumental he choses is catchy but again his lyrics are poor. The next track New Choppa revives the album from the two past songs. It features Asap Rocky which is a good change in sound to break up some of Carti’s repetitiveness. Track eight is called Other S**t and Carti talks about how he is unique and different from his peer artist. Song nine is called No. 9. This track is one of the more creative off the album with a high tempo vibe. The next track Dothatsh*t! would have to be one of my favorites off the album. The sound has good quality mumble rap. The following track Lame N****z also didn’t disappoint, it’s a good song to listen to especially with friends.
In the track Yah Mean Carti references the famous basketball player Yao Ming. This song is a change of pace to the album with it being a slower song. The next song Flex featuring Leven Kali is very unique to mumble rap with the singer adding his touch to the end of it. This song is also one of my favorites off of the album. The track Kelly K picks the album’s tempo back up, with a southern trap instrumental and a refreshing sound. Lastly Had 2 finishes the album off. I think Carti could have picked a better outro. This song was a very low quality and should have been rearranged toward the center of the album.Overall the album was a good mumble rap album. Once again I would say the top mumble rap albums of the year and worth giving a listen too.