Playboi Carti (mixtape)

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Playboi Carti
Playboi Carti - mixtape.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedApril 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
Recorded2015–17
Studio
Genre
Length46:50
Label
Producer
Playboi Carti chronology
Playboi Carti
(2017)
Die Lit
(2018)
Singles from Playboi Carti
  1. "Lookin'"
    Released: March 17, 2017
  2. "wokeuplikethis*"
    Released: April 7, 2017
  3. "Magnolia"
    Released: June 13, 2017

Playboi Carti is the eponymous debut commercial mixtape by American rapper Playboi Carti. It was released on April 14, 2017, by AWGE Records and Interscope Records.[2] The mixtape features production from Pi'erre Bourne, Southside and others, and guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, ASAP Rocky, and Leven Kali.[3] The physical version of the mixtape was released on October 6, 2017, and a vinyl edition was released on November 17, 2017.

The mixtape was supported by three singles – "Lookin'", "Woke Up Like This," and "Magnolia", the latter peaking at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Carti's highest-charting single to date. It received mixed reviews from music critics, but was included on 2017 year-end albums lists by various publications, including Fact and Pitchfork.

Release[edit]

Playboi Carti debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, with 28,000 album-equivalent units, of which 21,000 were streaming units and 7,000 were pure album sales.[4] As of September 2017 the mixtape has moved over 367,000 units.[5] The mixtape was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 10, 2018 for sales over 500,000 units.[6]

A music video was released for "Magnolia" on July 10, 2017. It was directed by Hidji Films and features cameo appearances from song producer Pi'erre Bourne, ASAP Rocky, Slim Jxmmi, x.mofe, Southside, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Nav, Casanova Smooky Margielaa and Cash, one of the XO members.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX2.9/5[9]
Pitchfork7.3/10[1]
The New York Times(positive)
PopMatters6/10[10]
XXL4/5 stars[8]

The mixtape received generally positive reviews from critics. In a positive review, Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called the project "erratic, sometimes transfixingly so," stating that "Playboi Carti’s album takes hip-hop’s ad-lib era to its logical extreme — everything sounds like an ad-lib, even the main lyrics."[11] In a more negative review, HipHopDX critic Narshima Chintaluri described the record as "simply a glorified beat tape with ad-libs", stating Carti "need[s] to further develop his songwriting in order to maintain this allure alongside his more successful contemporaries."[9]

Brian Duricy of PopMatters described the record as "the sonic equivalent of the stereotypical laissez-faire worker who breezes through presentations on sheer personality alone," stating that "over the production, however, you’re not getting particularly much."[10] Pitchfork's Briana Younger wrote that "Playboi Carti feels like a break from life, the soundtrack to a mindless good time," and adding that "Carti is tactful in discerning where and when he can get away with letting the instrumental ride and when he needs to rise to the occasion."[1] The single "Magnolia" was awarded Best New Track by Pitchfork.[12]

Accolades[edit]

The mixtape appeared on 2017 year-end album lists by publications such as Fact,[13] Pitchfork,[14] and Tiny Mix Tapes.[15] John Twells of Fact stated that the project "adeptly taps into a widespread youthful malaise and the genre-fluid playlist culture that has come to dominate rap’s mainstream [...] Sad and restless but also party-ready, Playboi Carti doesn’t need political rambling or conscious posturing to get its message across."[16] Corrigan B of Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that "of everything that 2017 promised about rap’s future, Playboi Carti felt the most like a real path forward, a crystallization of the SoundCloud underground’s zeitgeist in a format built to transcend the scene’s messy adolescence."[15]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Fact The 50 best albums of 2017
25
Gorilla vs. Bear Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2017
7
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
35
Tiny Mix Tapes 2017: Favorite 50 Music Releases
9
Rolling Stone 40 Best Rap Albums of 2017
8
Cult MTL's Mr. Wavvy Best Music of 2017
9

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes[20] and ASCAP.[21]

Playboi Carti[22]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Location"Harry Fraud2:49
2."Magnolia"Pi'erre Bourne3:02
3."Lookin" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
Roark Bailey3:04
4."Woke Up Like This" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
  • Carter
  • Jenks
  • Woods
Pi'erre Bourne3:56
5."Let It Go"
  • Carter
  • Cameron Pitts
  • Jenks
Pi'erre Bourne3:35
6."Half & Half"
3:47
7."New Choppa" (featuring ASAP Rocky)Riera2:06
8."Other Shit"Hit-Boy2:50
9."No. 9"
  • Carter
  • Jonathan Stewart
JStewOnTheBeat3:19
10."Do That Shit"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
Pi'erre Bourne3:05
11."Lame Niggas"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
Pi'erre Bourne2:50
12."Yah Mean"
  • Carter
  • Jenks
Pi'erre Bourne2:45
13."Flex" (featuring Leven Kali)
  • Carter
  • Kasim Walker
  • Joshua Hawkins
  • Leven Kali
  • KasimGotJuice
  • J. Cash Beatz
4:00
14."Kelly K"
4:30
15."Had 2"
  • Carter
  • Pitts
MexikoDro2:20
Total length:46:50

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an uncredited co-producer
  • "Woke Up Like This" is stylized as "wokeuplikethis*"
  • "Do That Shit" is stylized as "dothatshit!"
  • "Let It Go" features uncredited additional background vocals by MexikoDro
  • "Kelly K" features uncredited additional background vocals by Blakk Soul[23][24]
  • "Lame Niggas" is stylized as "Lame Niggaz"

Sample credits

  • "Location" contains samples of "Endomorph", written by Allan Holdsworth and Rowanne Mark, as performed by Holdsworth.[25]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[20]

Technical

  • Hector Delgado – mixing (tracks 1, 7, 13), recording (tracks 7, 13)
  • Frankly Kastle – mixing assistant (tracks 1, 7)
  • Harry Fraud – recording (track 1)
  • Tatsuya Sato – mastering (tracks 1-3, 5-15)
  • Kesha Lee – mixing (tracks 2-5, 9, 10, 11, 15), recording (tracks 2, 4, 5, 9-12, 14, 15), mastering (track 4)
  • Roark Bailey – recording (track 3)
  • Max Lord – recording (track 6, 7)
  • Finis "KY" White – mixing (tracks 6, 12, 14)
  • Dan FryFe – recording assistant (track 7)
  • David Kim – mixing (track 8), recording (track 8)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Younger, Briana (April 22, 2017). "Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Servantes, Ivan (April 14, 2017). "Stream Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Mixtape". Spin. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Craighead, Olivia. "Listen to Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Mixtape". The Fader. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "First Week Sales For Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Project".
  5. ^ "Rumor Mill - TOP 50 STREAMED SONGS, SPS ALBUMS THIS YEAR". hitsdailydouble.com. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
  7. ^ "Playboi Carti - Magnolia". YouTube. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Playboi Carti [Mixtape] by Playboi Carti". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b Chintaluri, Narshima (April 19, 2017). "Review: Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Is Simply A Glorified Beat Tape With Ad-Libs". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Duricy, Bryan (April 19, 2017). "Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti". PopMatters. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon. "In New Albums, 21 Savage and Playboi Carti Go Against the Flow". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ ""Magnolia" by Playboi Carti Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  13. ^ a b "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Fact Magazine. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Pitchfork. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c "2017: Favorite 50 Music Releases". Tiny Mix Tapes. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Fact Magazine. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2017". Gorilla vs. Bear. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "40 Best Rap Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "These are the best albums of 2017". Cult MTL. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Playboi Carti (CD liner). Playboi Carti. Interscope Records.
  21. ^ "ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Select "TITLE", type "Song" in the search engine, and click "Search". Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  22. ^ "Playboi Carti on iTunes". itunes.com.
  23. ^ "Instagram post by Snare Jordan • Apr 14, 2017 at 4:18pm UTC". Instagram.
  24. ^ "Instagram post by Eric Keith • Apr 14, 2017 at 8:21pm UTC". Instagram.
  25. ^ "Playboi Carti's 'Location' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled.
  26. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Playboi Carti – Carti Playboi" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  27. ^ "Playboi Carti Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  28. ^ "Playboi Carti Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "Playboi Carti Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  30. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  31. ^ "American album certifications – Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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