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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the Atlanta rapper features guest appearances from Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 5, 2021
    83
    The songs on Whole Lotta Red are urgent, immediate. While they seldom trade in anything like autobiography, they cut close to the bone all the same.
  2. Jan 4, 2021
    80
    Playboi Carti—Gen Z’s answer to Nosferatu—performs emotions, toggles between them, and disguises them with a disquieting ease. He has never been more enigmatic.
  3. Jan 19, 2021
    80
    While losing some of the pop appeal of his previous work, Whole Lotta Red represents Playboi Carti coming into a new phase of his artistry, however jagged and disorienting the process may be.
  4. Jan 11, 2021
    70
    Whole Lotta Red is a demonstration of Carti's commitment to dynamic growth and experimentation. However, it's painfully apparent that Carti needs more features (his divine harmony with Pi'erre Bourne shines on their single collaboration "ILoveUIHateU").
  5. The Wire
    Apr 6, 2021
    70
    Carti’s voice here sounds rough and occasionally hoarse. His famed knack for repeating phrases ad infinitum seems to lead into cul-de-sacs, and the rumbling PC beats don’t float as easily as his earlier work. But there’s plenty to appreciate on Whole Lotta Red. [Feb 2021, p.61]
  6. Initially, you might be disappointed to have waited two years for what at first sounds like an underworked collection of throwaways. In places, though, the record rewards repeat listens. ... But there’s no getting away from the fact that at 24 tracks long, there’s not a lot of variety on ‘Whole Lotta Red’, and the biggest take away here is perhaps that perennial rap fan favourite: less is most definitely more.
  7. Jan 4, 2021
    27
    Whole Lotta Red has a vibe the same way a TGI Fridays has an atmosphere; it just rides a wave of different shades of lifeless trap, an endless TikTok dance in purgatory. ... The problem is Whole Lotta Red hardly ever gives Carti a chance to be real. He puts on vapid personas like ‘rock star’ and ‘vampire’ like he’s at Halloween Express. Tracks are Seinfeldian in their nothingness.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 82
  2. Negative: 16 out of 82
  1. Sep 26, 2021
    10
    Hated this at first but it grew on me, I like every track and the production is otherworldly. Highly recommended.
  2. Jul 18, 2022
    10
    Whole Lotta Red aged like fine wine

    Carti received a lot of hate for this album at its release because everyone expected leaked songs and
    Whole Lotta Red aged like fine wine

    Carti received a lot of hate for this album at its release because everyone expected leaked songs and didn't even try to listen (and not hear) this masterpiece. But i'm glad he decided to change his style and the theme and vibe of the album because now, after 2 years, WLR is receiving what it deserves.
    Remember that this albus has Kanye as crative producer, and he never misses. People is finally starting appreciate WLR and we can notice it by seeing how Carti's songs are ruling TikTok trends.
    With this album he created a new wave, for example Yeat's songs are children of this vamp style.

    Each song sounds new and different and I understand at the first listen it sounds trash, but this vamp releases a lot of inner energy that everybody needed after the pandemic we lived.
    My certified classics:
    - Stop Breathing
    - Jump out the House
    - NoSl33p
    - New Tank
    - Vamp Anthem
    - On That Time
    - Sky
    But all the songs are good. What is missing is the LUV featuring :(
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  3. Jan 5, 2021
    10
    Ignore the hate this album deserves, but also keep in mind it’s not perfect. What Carti does here is the same thing that Uzi does with EternalIgnore the hate this album deserves, but also keep in mind it’s not perfect. What Carti does here is the same thing that Uzi does with Eternal Atake (but not as good as that album obviously). He projects this album to have a different theme and sound from all the other previous projects that he’s released. Dracula/Nosferatu theme and style with the beats of Vamp Anthem and Go2DaMoon make this record unique in many ways, however, there are definitely some songs that won’t digest well for others. Still, I give this a must listen because not only are people trashing on it for not being what they want, but there are also some really good hidden gems on this album that people have gotta listen to again to really feel the vibe!! Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2021
    8
    Carti in his bag on this one. Elegant production and sharp vocals. Worth the wait
  5. Jul 11, 2021
    7
    The first time i listened to this album i was really disappointed, but after a few months of easing up to the album i decided to take a secondThe first time i listened to this album i was really disappointed, but after a few months of easing up to the album i decided to take a second listen and it actually wasn't as bad as i remembered it being. looking back, the hate this album got was really unwarranted. Pretty good album overall, but not as good as Die Lit.

    7/10
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  6. Mar 2, 2021
    5
    For Carti, this is ok. But it’s meh. Some songs are bland, some are boring, some are both and some are alright. That’s it, that’s the review.
  7. Nov 13, 2021
    0
    This album contains a performance with some notes and rhythms and lyrics. If you haven't heard music before you might even be deceived intoThis album contains a performance with some notes and rhythms and lyrics. If you haven't heard music before you might even be deceived into thinking something about this album is good. But make no mistake. This is trash. The same twenty seconds may as well be on repeat for its duration. Everything about it is low effort, low skill, low intellect waste of the Listener's time. Expand

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