Review: Self-Titled by Playboi Carti


Will Davis, Lifestyle/Review Editor

Less is more. When this album was initially released, Carti’s music was being heavily criticized for his lack of lyricism and creativity, but over time Carti was recognized as one of the most influential people in rap music today. I’ve always thought this album was near perfect with no truly bad songs, and it’s easily one of my favorite produced albums ever. Almost every beat on this is a 10/10 which is incredibly hard to come across nowadays, especially over a 15 song album. Opening up with the space-like song “Location”, one of Carti’s best, it sets the mood for the album. Repetitious, low effort lyricism which would normally work against most rapper’s music seems to only improve the complexity of Carti. While the lead singles “Magnolia” and “wokeuplikethis*” drove the albums success the most, there’s so many other tracks that are as good or better. Let It Go, Half & Half, New Choppa, Flex, and Kelly K are all perfect songs in my opinion. A$AP Rocky’s feature on “New Choppa” is one of the hardest Rocky guest verses to date and compliments the distorted trap beat extremely well. Lil Uzi Vert’s collabs with Carti are always iconic and “wokeuplikethis*” is probably their best collaboration to date. “Flex” is an outlier among the rest of the tracks because it’s one of the only slow songs, and I wish Carti would’ve thrown in some more of those while he was still doing this style. “Half & Half” is probably the best example of less is more on the album. He literally just repeats the same phrase over and over and somehow it makes a great song. While this album was heavily carried by production, Carti also does his part. I couldn’t imagine this album being nearly as good if any other artist tried to do it. This album is a trap classic.