ABOUT PLAYBOI CARTI
Playboi Carti (real name Jordan Terrell Carter) is an American rapper and singer-songwriter who was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 13, 1996 – the day that Tupac Shakur died. He grew up in Fairburn, Georgia and struggled to keep in school, preferring instead to shoot hoops in the hopes of becoming a professional basketball player – something that he says kept him out of trouble. However, in high school he developed an interest in rapping, having quit basketball after a disagreement with his coach. When graduation rolled around, he had skipped so much high school in favor of rapping that none of his family came to the ceremony, because they didn’t know if he would successfully graduate. He did, however, and it was after his graduation that he decided to pursue rap full time.
Carti began rapping in 2011 at the age of 14, originally rapping under the name Sir Cartier, but changing it two years later to Playboi Carti. In 2014, he met the producer Ethereal, who he credits with aiding him in developing his sound and who encouraged him to sign with Awful Records. Once he began pursuing rap full-time, he moved to New York to live with some family members, but once there ended up staying in a house where he met several members of A$AP Mob. He went on to meet A$AP Rocky who became a friend and mentor to him.
His 2015 singles "Broke Boi" and "Fetti" featuring Da$h and Maxo Kream blew up on SoundCloud, leading to collaborations with his cousin UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, Yung Bans, Lil Yachty, Ethereal, and producers MexikoDro, and ICYTWAT. By the end of the year, he had played fashion events such as Yeezy Season 5, VFiles and Raf Simons events, toured with artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky, and signed a deal with Interscope Records.
2016 saw his first chart success when Carti featured on the A$AP Mob single "Telephone Calls" from their album Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, which reached number 13 on the Billboard 200.
2017-2018: Playboi Carti and Die Lit
April 2017 saw the release of Playboi Carti’s self-titled debut mixtape, which was critically lauded in XXL, Pitchfork, Spin, HotNewHipHop, and PopMatters, and reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200. "Magnolia," the EP’s third single, went triple-platinum in the US and reached number 29 on the Billboard Got 100. To promote the mixtape’s release, Carti toured with Gucci Mane and Dreezy. That June, he was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class". That summer, he featured on A$AP Mob's Top 10 single "Raf" from their album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy and Lana Del Rey's single "Summer Bummer" from her album Lust for Life.
The following May, he released his debt studio album, Die Lit, hitting at number three on the Billboard 200. The album features guest appearances from Skepta, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Pi'erre Bourne, Nicki Minaj, Bryson Tiller, Chief Keef, Gunna, Red Coldhearted, Young Thug, and Young Nudy.
2019-present: Whole Lotta Red
Whilst working on his second album, Whole Lotta Red, several of Carti’s songs were leaked onto the internet, accruing millions of streams. Over the next two years, he was the featured artist on a number of tracks, including "Baguettes in the Face" featuring NAV and A Boogie wit da Hoodie from DJ Mustard's album, "Earfquake" by Tyler the Creator, and "Pain 1993" by Drake, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On Christmas Day, 2020, he released Whole Lotta Red, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became his first chart-topping release.
In August 2021, Playboi Carti was featured on the songs "Off the Grid", "Junya", and "Junya, Pt. 2" in Kanye West's album Donda. He has alluded to a new project named Narcissist many times on social media throughout 2021. Although there is no certainty, it is presumed to be a new album in-the-making and it is the name of his 2021 tour.