The most anticipated thing since Jesus’ return, “Whole Lotta Red,” has finally hit the earth.
Kanye West puts up his best verse in years on “GO2DAMOON.”
Kanye West dominates “Go2DaMoon.” Not only does he rap on 80% of the song, but his bars about being impeachable, hitting clubs with tons of cash, and being a wolverine in sheepskin will make you want to replay his old s**t. I will say this, though: Playboi Carti does add catchy/ferocious raps to the song at the very end.
On the real, the best thing about “Go2DaMoon” might be the song’s beat. That s**t makes me want to pick a fight with a Care Bear.
Believe it or not, “Place” will calm your nerves, lower your blood pressure, and unturn your stomach.
“Place” is powered by a beat that is smoother than Gary Coleman’s hair. Over it, you get a version of Playboi Carti that sounds both calm and high. Savages of the world, no need to worry, Playboi talks about popping Xans, f**king chicks, and shooting his enemies in the song, so s**t isn’t completely peaceful…
“Slay3r” is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard this year.
Playboi Carti clearly made “Slay3r” at a Chuckee Cheese that is a few doors down from a trap house. In the song, he sounds bouncy as hell, but also like a dude that is ready to go to war with his ops, ready to steal our women, and ready to unconfess to his sins.
I f**k with the energy “Slay3r” possesses a lot. I also f**k with the erratic deliveries that Playboi Carti raps with on the song.
2. NEW N3ON
Playboi Carti swags his way to the finish line of “New N3on.”
Folks are going to love “New N3on.” Not only is the song powered by this booming beat that also boasts futuristic vibes, but it also features lyrics that should bring out the demon in you, steady rap flows, and a hook that is so effortlessly infectious.
Playboi Carti talks his s**t effectively on “Beno!”
On “Beno!,” Playboi Carti does everything that he usually does well: He hits us with braggadocious lyrics, he hits us with trill-ass lyrics, he hits us with dynamic flows, and he even raps over a beat that you’re used to hearing him rap over. If you are a Playboi Carti fan, you should be very pleased with the performance that he puts up on “Beno!”
Yes, ironically, “Beno!” will give you heartburn.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. ROCKSTAR MADE (2/5)
2. GO2DAMOON (4/5)
3. STOP BREATHING (3/5)
4. BENO! (5/5) (BOB PLAYLIST ADD)
5. JUMPOUTTHEHOUSE (2/5)
6. M3TAMORPHOSIS (3/5)
7. SLAY3R (4/5)
8. NO SL33P (3/5)
9. NEW TANK (3/5)
10. TEEN X (3/5)
11. MEH (3/5)
12. VAMP ANTHEM (4/5)
13. NEW N3ON (4/5)
14. CONTROL (4/5)
15. PUNK MONK (3/5)
16. OON THAT TIME (2/5)
17. KING VAMP (3/5)
18. PLACE (4/5)
19. SKY (4/5)
20. OVER (3/5)
21. ILOVEUIHATEU (4/5)
22. DIE4GUY (2/5)
23. NOT PLAYING (4/5)
24. F33l LIK3 DYIN (3/5)
Whole Lotta Red will remind you how catchy, wild, and wacky Playboi Carti’s music is…
For those of you that want me to get straight to the point, I will: Whole Lotta Red does not live up to the outrageous expectations that were placed on it. For some reason, folks on social media expected the album to be better than Illmatic. What I will say about Whole Lotta Red is that it is impressive in these ways:
- Firstly, I believe that Playboi Carti does a fabulous job of making annoying-ass hooks, annoying-ass melodies, annoying-ass verses, annoying-ass flows, annoying-ass beats, and annoying-ass deliveries somehow, someway not sound so annoying when they are meshed (He’s the only rapper that is capable of doing this).
- Secondly, Carti plays a pretty solid goon, a pretty solid heartbreaker, and a pretty solid rockstar whenever he needs to on the album (I was afraid that he would sound like a complete weirdo on this album).
- Thirdly, I love that Carti relies on the same type of beats that he rapped over a few years ago on the album (Bouncy/fantasy-like trap beats). Matter of fact, his boy Pierre Bourne produced a few songs on the album.
- Lastly, and most importantly, Carti does a great job of staying true to his artistry on the album. Despite Mario Judah exposing how ridiculous his high-pitch style of rapping is, Carti shows the world that only he can make his style work on the album.
At the end of the day, I do not see how someone can take this Whole Lotta Red album seriously… Throughout it, Carti sounds like he’s tweaking off drugs, like a troll, like a Looney Tunes reject, and like someone that hasn’t had his growth spurt yet. I get it, TikTokers are going to abuse this album, but as a hip-hop junkie that gives zero s**ts about TikTok, I don’t see how this album could be played in any other setting than a club that serves Xanax bars.
Whole Lotta Red is ‘whole lotta mid.’ It’s not Playboi Carti’s fault that the album does not live up to expectations; it’s our fault for putting astronomical expectations on the album.
What Grade Do You Give “Whole Lotta Red” by Playboi Carti 🤔?
— Ratings Game Music (@RatingsGame) December 25, 2020
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.