The long-awaited second album of Playboi Carti came late Thursday night and by Friday morning people already had their thoughts on the album Die Lit. His self-titled album, Playboi Carti, dropped a little over a year ago as he took the game by storm. With hits like “Magnolia”, “wokeuplikethis*”, and “New Choppa”, Carti was one of the hottest new artists in the game a year ago. He toured with Gucci Mane and Dreezy and was part of XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class. His debut album reached the 12th in the Billboard Hot 100.
It’s safe to say many were surprised at the sudden release of Die Lit, but hardly anyone is complaining. Carti’s new album comes at the right time just before the summer as most of his songs are considered turn up music. He has artists like Travis Scott, Skepta, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller, Chief Keef, and Young Thug featured on the album. Of course, his righthand man Pierre Bourne is the main producer for his tracks. After a weekend of listening to it, I have my review ready for Young Carti’s second album. I have to let music sink in after a weekend of abusing the play button otherwise I start thinking it’s a 10 out of 10.
Here is a look at the best tracks on his album:
Long Time Intro
This is a great tone-setter for an album. It was a change of pace from what we all probably expected from Carti too. The beat had little-to-no bass and that was fine because it worked well with the lyrics. Playboi was detailing a bit of his past in which he didn’t have much to brag about. His hard work and dedication got him here and, like most rappers, he ditched school to pursue his passion for money. It’s a song you could find yourself playing frequently and something we could all relate to.
Lean 4 Real
This is about lean and pills and while that might not sound appealing think about the adlibs and beat on this particular song. They were up to Carti’s normal standards. There was a lot of hype and energy around this track from the moment the beat dropped. The repetitive hook makes this a song you will be singing during the boring part of your day. Many thought Skepta’s verse was trash, but I thought it meshed well with the mood of the track.
Lil Uzi’s verse is a bit slow as the beat is quiet behind him, but I promise you if you wait for the beat to drop you will lose your mind. The arrangement of this song is pure genius as Uzi and Carti songs typically start off fast. Uzi literally makes us drop our guard with a verse that is similar to a jab. Carti comes into the song with a haymaker-type of beat. From there, the energy of this song reaches a new level as this might be the best song made by the duo ever. This one will have fans continuing to demand that Carti and Uzi drop a joint album. Also, this might easily be one of the hottest tracks this summer.
Poke It Out
Pierre was in his bag on this song as the beat provided electricity from start to finish. Carti was pretty much setting the table for Nicki Minaj on this one as he continued his trend of mumble rapping. By the way, if you listen to “R.I.P”, you will notice Carti really doesn’t care what you have to say about his rap style as he is only focused on making money. Back to this song, Nicki continued her trend of jumping on songs in 2018 and bodying her verse. From a speculating perspective, it seems like she was taking shots at Cardi B too with many lines in her verse sounding like a reference at her. This song is going to be one you hear at parties, clubs, or anywhere you might be in the summer. The tweet above is in reference to one of the many perplexing lines Nicki said in the song.
Fell in Luv
Based off the title description and with the feature of Bryson Tiller, this song was a bit of a headscratcher on sight. However, when you listen to it, you see a different side of Carti. He talks about falling in love with a girl even as he tried to keep his guard up. He also flowed with a new style that is a change of pace from what we are used to. Tiller got on the song and rapped before serenading it with his vocals. Overall, this is a cool song to vibe to with your significant other or Casper, “The Friendly Ghost.”
This is one you can feel good about even as you hop into a Honda Civic. The name is self-explanatory as Carti is rapping about foreign cars as he flexes on us. The beat is slowed down and this is a song you can simply ride around to as you are in a “chill” mood.
Chief Keef is on this track and, believe it or not, he and Carti are similar in more ways than not. Chief Sosa was once in Carti’s shoes despite being just one year older than the Atlanta rapper. Keef was one of the hottest young rappers in the game and many artists today wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the “Chiraq” diplomat. Carti embodies a lot of Keef’s rap style and antics. They meshed well in this song as they rapped about women and drugs.
Middle of the Summer
Yes, the song sounds like “Let It Go”, a song off Playboi’s first album, and that is why it made the list for me. That song was one of my favorites and because this one is a slowed down version of it I like this one too. A new female rapper named Red Coldhearted is on this track and her verse is okay. It didn’t move me like a Cardi or Nicki verse would, but it was a cool track to say the least.
Choppa Won’t Miss
No one loves guns more than Carti besides Thugger and it is fitting as these two teamed up to make magic on this track. Pierre had a few elements of “Magnolia” in this track, but that doesn’t mean this track is a remix or even a remix of it.
Best Songs: “Poke It Out” and “Shoota”
Best Feature: Nicki Minaj
Album Rating: The album is a 7.7 out of 10. Some of the songs have a sound similar to a lot of the tracks off of the debut album by Carti, which isn’t a bad thing. In the end, I like to hear something new and fresh. This album has a lot of playback material and with it being another well put together album it is safe to say Carti is a force to be reckoned with in the game.