Die Lit

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Die Lit
Die Lit by Playboi Carti.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Recorded2017–2018
Genre
Length57:39
Label
Producer
Playboi Carti chronology
Playboi Carti
(2017)
Die Lit
(2018)

Die Lit is the debut studio album by American rapper Playboi Carti. It was released on May 11, 2018, by AWGE Label and Interscope Records.[2] The album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Skepta, Lil Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller, Travis Scott, Chief Keef and Pi'erre Bourne, among others.[3] The production on the album was handled by Pi'erre Bourne, Don Cannon and IndigoChildRick, among others.[4]

Die Lit received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200.

Background and release[edit]

In December 2017, a video showed Playboi Carti behind a mixing board, presumably listening to new material with the caption "Album Mode".[5] In March, Pi'erre Bourne teased that the project had been finalized via Twitter.[6][7] On May 10, 2018, Carti announced the album's release date via Twitter.[6] On the same day, ASAP Rocky revealed the album's artwork.[8] Upon release, the album was briefly released exclusively via Tidal, before showing up on other streaming services.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[11]
Exclaim!6/10[12]
Highsnobiety4.0/5.0[13]
HipHopDX3.0/5[14]
HotNewHipHop79%[15]
Pitchfork8.5/10[16]
Sputnikmusic3.8/5[17]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 marks[18]

Die Lit received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 71, based on seven reviews.[10] Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork stated that Die Lit is "an album that works almost completely from its own lunatic script. It is a perversely infectious sugar high, rap that fundamentally recalibrates the brain's reward centers", praising the production and simplicity: "At its best—which is to say almost the entire thing, really—the album almost seems to suspend gravity. How does a rapper this basic pull off a project this electrifying? No, Carti's rapping isn't any better this time out. And no, it really doesn't matter. When the carnival itself is this magnificent, there's no need to nitpick the ring-leader."[16] Corrigan B of Tiny Mix Tapes said, "It remains first and foremost a very fun album."[18] Maxwell Cavaseno of HotNewHipHop concluded that Die Lit "feels like the closest to a fully realized album as Carti is ever going to come close to achieving" and that it "should, at the very least, be respected for doing so much while doing so very little."[15] Online publication Sputnikmusic stated: "A lot of the gratification of this record is in the production, which takes the age-old hip-hop trick of taking a fractional melodic idea, barely a song by itself, and spinning out of it a thick sonic weave."[17]

A. Harmony from Exclaim! criticized the album for having a lack of variety, saying "It's fun enough but, save for a few keepers, has the lifespan of a mayfly. Rock to it for the summer and forget most of it by September."[12] Riley Wallace of HipHopDX stated, "Through a more respectable body of work—is unlikely to win over any naysayers."[14] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "Like Rae Sremmurd and Migos, these big-bass trap anthems owe much to their club-friendly vibe, but offer little in terms of substance or lasting impact."[11]

Accolades[edit]

Publication List Rank Ref.
Complex 50 Best Albums of 2018
45
Fact The 50 Best Albums of 2018
35
Highsnobiety The 25 Best Albums of 2018
17
Noisey Noisey's 100 Best Albums of 2018
23
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2018
25
Spin 51 Best Albums of 2018
18

Commercial performance[edit]

Die Lit debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with 61,000 album-equivalent units of which 5,000 were pure album sales.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Pi'erre Bourne, except where noted.[26][27]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Long Time (Intro)"
Art Dealer3:31
2."R.I.P." 3:12
3."Lean 4 Real" (featuring Skepta)
IndigoChildRick[28]2:57
4."Old Money"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 2:15
5."Love Hurts" (featuring Travis Scott)
3:00
6."Shoota" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)Maaly Raw2:33
7."Right Now" (featuring Pi'erre Bourne)
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 3:27
8."Poke It Out" (with Nicki Minaj)
 4:29
9."Home (KOD)"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 2:42
10."Fell in Luv" (featuring Bryson Tiller) 3:26
11."Foreign"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 2:22
12."Pull Up"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 3:36
13."Mileage" (featuring Chief Keef)
 2:29
14."FlatBed Freestyle"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 3:13
15."No Time" (featuring Gunna)
3:39
16."Middle of the Summer" (featuring Red Coldhearted)
  • Carter
  • Jenks
  • Dashia Aaron
 2:17
17."Choppa Won't Miss" (featuring Young Thug)
 3:37
18."R.I.P. Fredo (Notice Me)" (featuring Young Nudy)
  • Carter
  • Jenks
  • Quantavious Arnold
 2:41
19."Top"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
 2:13
Total length:57:39

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an uncredited co-producer

Sample credits

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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