Atlanta’s own, Playboi Carti, has earned his first No. 1 album with Whole Lotta Red. Released on Dec. 25th, 2020, and featuring heavy-hitting verses from Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Future, the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It garnered 100,000 equivalent album units in the first week of its release. Or to put it in streaming terms, it earned 126.43 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs!
After the news broke, the A$AP Mob AWGE signee took to Twitter and had this to say…
!!!!! wTF . wE r # 1 > mY fANs . >— 💋🧛🏿♀️ (@playboicarti) January 4, 2021
Although this recent Billboard 200 charting is his highest, Playboi Carti isn’t a rookie when it comes to the charts. His 2018 debut album, Die Lit, earned a No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200, along with his self titled mixtape, Playboi Carti, earning a No.12 spot on the Billboard 200 in 2017. His smash track, Magnolia, hit No. 29 on the Hot 100 in 2017 as well.
The album’s Billboard recognition wasn’t the only chart topping WLR did in its first week. On the Spotify Charts, Whole Lotta Red was the #1 Global Album Debut on Dec. 25-27th, just beating Lil Durk’s The Voice. It also earned nine out of the ten Spotify Top 10 US Song Debuts on Dec. 25-27th, with the track Slay3r snatching the #1 spot.
With new creative direction from Virgil Abloh and executive produced by Kanye West, Whole Lotta Red is a different sound and look for Playboi Carti. With a more defined punk aesthetic, experimental synths, and even higher-pitched vocals, the album resulted in mixed reactions from fans via social media.
Does Whole Lotta Red deserve its No. 1 spot, or should the album be renamed “Whole Lotta Skips?”
Either way, fans, and haters are receiving more Playboi Carti music with the Whole Lotta Red Deluxe version dropping soon.
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Grant Boyer is a hip hop head at heart from Chicago, IL. Some of his all-time favorite artists are J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Biggie. When he’s not writing, he’s playing his Nintendo Switch, watching Seinfeld reruns, and collecting vinyl and cool hip hop collectibles. The coolest hip hop collectible he owns is an original Jay-Z Dead Presidents cassette from 1995. He’s also wondering if anybody has a working cassette player he can borrow.