Playboi Carti’s New Album Is Pure Art

“Why does my favorite rapper sound like an alien giving birth?” you may be wondering after listening to a few of the tracks from Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red – his years in the making opus finally released on Christmas Day. Take “JumpOutTheHouse.” It begins somewhat mildly by Carti standards, with only a squeaky voice […]

Playboi Carti’s New Album Is Pure Art

“Why does my favorite rapper sound like an alien giving birth?” you may be wondering after listening to a few of the tracks from Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red – his years in the making opus finally released on Christmas Day.

Take “JumpOutTheHouse.” It begins somewhat mildly by Carti standards, with only a squeaky voice and mega-repetitive hook. Around a third of the way in, he ramps it up. His voice becomes startlingly strained, teasing collapse. And then, at 40 seconds, he explodes into a never-before-heard inflection that’s like a cross between a dying parakeet and Gollum melting in a K-hole. Following the lyrics is a lost cause. He’s moonwalking on his own planet, gurgling in his own language, rattling off a reel of moans and chokes and hisses.