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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Atlanta rapper features guest appearances from Pi'erre Bourne, Chief Keef, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Red Coldhearted, Travis Scott, Skepta, Bryson Tiller, Young Nudy, and Young Thug.
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Poke It Out
Yo, Yo Pi'erre, you wanna come out here? Iced up, ice watch Woah, woah Bad bitch, poke it out (woah) Poke it out, poke it out (woah) Bad bitch, poke... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 21, 2018
    85
    Die Lit is an anomaly, an album that works almost completely from its own lunatic script. At its best--which is to say almost the entire thing, really--the album almost seems to suspend gravity.
  2. May 21, 2018
    80
    It remains first and foremost a very fun album.
  3. May 21, 2018
    80
    Instead of sounding like a half-baked aberration or a tedious, overlong experiment, Die Lit broadcasts a refreshing and well-developed aesthetic--one that feels like Carti’s specific achievement. Its appeal feels distinctly corporeal, like it’s inducing some swag-rap equivalent of ASMR through exploring a limited and tightly EQd collection of sounds.
  4. May 21, 2018
    76
    A lot of the gratification of this record is in the production, which takes the age-old hip-hop trick of taking a fractional melodic idea, barely a song by itself, and spinning out of it a thick sonic weave.
  5. May 25, 2018
    60
    Through a more respectable body of work--is unlikely to win over any naysayers.
  6. May 23, 2018
    60
    Thanks to the lack of coherence or variety though, nothing on Die Lit really sticks. It's fun enough but, save for a few keepers, has the lifespan of a mayfly. Rock to it for the summer and forget most of it by September.
  7. Jul 17, 2018
    50
    Like Rae Sremmurd and Migos, these big-bass trap anthems owe much to their club-friendly vibe, but offer little in terms of substance or lasting impact.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jul 11, 2018
    9
    I think naysayers are missing the point of this album. This album is FUN with surprising replayability. The type of album you listen to 3-5I think naysayers are missing the point of this album. This album is FUN with surprising replayability. The type of album you listen to 3-5 times, then somehow find yourself wanting to throw on without thinking - in the car, at a party, or by yourself.

    Infectious. biggest surprise of 2018.
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  2. Jun 16, 2018
    9
    Almost every beats in this album is very pleasure to listen. It is very fun album. Carti has his own unique hooks and verses, connectionsAlmost every beats in this album is very pleasure to listen. It is very fun album. Carti has his own unique hooks and verses, connections between tracks were very smooth. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2018
    8
    After an eventful 2017, Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti teams up with producer and close collaborator Pi'erre Bourne and a varied cast ofAfter an eventful 2017, Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti teams up with producer and close collaborator Pi'erre Bourne and a varied cast of big-name artists (Lil Uzi Vert, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, etc.) to create not only the colorful and dreamy vibe found across his debut, "Die Lit", but a consistent quality rarely seen in mainstream trap albums. The production, courtesy of Pi'erre and friends, is the albums strongest aspect. From the laid back wall of synths on the intro, to the industrial-trap vibes present on "R.I.P." and the beautifully looped strings and piano passages on "Shoota", almost every instrumental is sonically rich and rewarding. Playboi Carti, whose style might not appeal to everyone, proves to be an entertaining performer, often complimenting the beats with his youthful energy and melodic flows. Even with some filler tracks and unneeded features, "Die Lit" comes out as one of the best hip-hop projects of 2018, and an important standout in the trap genre.
    Favorites: "Long Time - Intro", "R.I.P.", "Lean 4 Real", "Old Money", "Shoota", "Right Now", "Fell In Luv", "Foreign", "Mileage", "Choppa Won't Miss"
    Least Favorites: "Love Hurts", "Middle Of The Summer"
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  4. Jun 25, 2018
    7
    Unfortunately this album stands firmly in the shadow of his last album. His repetitive style is still very enjoyable despite it beingUnfortunately this album stands firmly in the shadow of his last album. His repetitive style is still very enjoyable despite it being repetitive at points but it seems that some of the magic and punch of his flow is dying out. He relies heavily on features such as Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott, who make the album respectable and easy to listen too. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    7
    the album sounded fine mostly for Pi'erre Bourne's production but surely Playboi Carti has the potential. he proved it with ''magnolia''. wishthe album sounded fine mostly for Pi'erre Bourne's production but surely Playboi Carti has the potential. he proved it with ''magnolia''. wish him luck! Expand
  6. May 29, 2018
    1
    I don't like using this words to describe albums, but damn this album is Trash. The only redeeming thing about this is one or two features itI don't like using this words to describe albums, but damn this album is Trash. The only redeeming thing about this is one or two features it has. I've learned to like the so called turn up rappers. I know i'm not gonna get anything lyrically, but i expect to get entertained.

    This album however is neither clever or entertaining, i don't understand when rappers that have no versatility decide to go for a long track list album. It's better to keep it short and simple, yet this project doesn't.

    The amount of ad-libbing in here is really tiring, his flow is good, it has to be since he has no concern with rhyme delivery.

    Completely terrible album, and i wouldn't recommend it to anyone
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  7. Jul 3, 2018
    0
    Die Lit is more of the same rambling, mumbling, inane garbage we gave grown used to from Pleighboi Cardi. His KTT fans can spam all theDie Lit is more of the same rambling, mumbling, inane garbage we gave grown used to from Pleighboi Cardi. His KTT fans can spam all the threads they want declaring him the goattie but it doesn't change the fact that Carti's inability to craft anything other than repetitive ad-lib saturated songs is causing the few fans he has left to die bored, resulting in his brief 5 minutes of fame quickly waning. Soon Carti will go the way of the Lil Wane & Lil B sxns, he will fade away with no one left to remember or care about his dull, lifeless discography. Expand

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