Rapper Playboi Carti, born Jordan Terrell Carter on September 13, 1996, is from the United States. Prior to joining with Interscope Records’ ASAP Mob’s AWGE Label, he was first signed to the regional underground label Awful Records. Carter gained national recognition in 2017 after beginning his career with a cult fanbase.
The Billboard Hot 100 charting singles “Magnolia” and “Wokeuplikethis” were on Carter’s debut mixtape, which was released in April 2017. Die Lit (2018), his first studio album, landed at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. Carter’s much awaited second album, Whole Lotta Red (2020), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and marked his first chart-topping release after a two-year break during which little to no new music was released.
Carter launched his Opium record label in 2019 in addition to his solo career, and it has since signed musicians like Ken Carson, Destroy Lonely, and Homixide Gang.
Playboi Carti Early life
On September 13, 1996, Jordan Terrell Carter was born in Atlanta and raised in the Georgia neighborhood of Riverdale. He said, “My ma couldn’t tell me shit,” in a 2016 interview with Complex. Nobody could make sense to me. Carter was encouraged by this lifestyle to get into problems as a young person and to abandon the concept of continuing his education beyond high school. He went to Sandy Springs’ North Springs Charter High School.
Carter wanted to be an NBA star before he started rapping in an effort to better himself. “I was a young AI and didn’t go to practice,” he claimed in an interview with The Fader. It was all hoopla at that point, and I was truly skipping class. Before practice, I would smoke, then enter the court and shoot 30. After a quarrel with his coach, he gave up playing basketball. He subsequently gave music his full attention.
Carter barely completed high school since he frequently missed courses in order to work on his music or go to his job at H&M. He stated in an interview with The Fader, “I was in class with freshmen finishing work, and if I finished the nine assignments before this time, I could graduate.” No one attended his graduation since they didn’t know it was going to happen because he was that close to not receiving his diploma.
Carter began browsing at secondhand stores at a young age and quickly acquired a distinctive sense of style. He admitted to Vogue that he received teasing for embracing new trends early on, including colored skinny jeans.
Playboi Carti Career
Young Carti started rapping in 2011 under the stage name Sir Cartier. In 2013, he changed it to Playboi Carti. In 2011, he started posting tracks to SoundCloud. In 2014, he joined Awful Records after getting to know the producer Ethereal. Carti acknowledges Ethereal for aiding in his sound discovery. Carti decided to go to New York City with some family after deciding to focus solely on music.
Carti slept at his drug dealer’s residence while he was in New York City, where ASAP Mob members frequently hung out. ASAP Rocky was introduced to Carti through ASAP Bari, who he ran into. Carti made the choice to accompany ASAP Rocky to Texas. alongside the release of his tunes “Broke Boi” and “Fetti” alongside Dash and Maxo Kream on SoundCloud in 2015, he gained recognition.
Carti frequently worked with underground rap artists in Atlanta at this time, such as UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, Yung Bans, Lil Yachty, Ethereal, and producers MexikoDro and Icytwat. He secured a contract with Interscope Records and started touring with ASAP Ferg and Lil Uzi Vert.
On the song “Telephone Calls” from the album Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends by ASAP Mob, he appeared in 2016. Carti joined the ASAP Mob’s AWGE imprint that same year.
2017–2018: Playboi Carti and Die Lit
In April 2017, Carti released his self-titled debut mixtape. Numerous music publications, including as XXL, Pitchfork, Spin, HotNewHipHop, and PopMatters covered the record, which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. Two hit singles were released from the mixtape: “Magnolia,” which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Wokeuplikethis,” which featured Lil Uzi Vert and peaked at number 76.
Carti and Gucci Mane and Dreezy went on a tour in support of the mixtape’s release. Alongside rappers like XXXTentacion, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Ugly God, Playboi Carti was named one of the ten members of XXL’s “2017 Freshman Class” in June 2017. Around this period, he appeared on the singles “Summer Bummer” by Lana Del Rey from her album Lust for Life and “Raf” by ASAP Mob from their album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy.
Die Lit, Carti’s debut album, reached number three on the US Billboard 200 in May 2018.
Carti revealed his second studio album, Whole Lotta Red, will be released two years later a few months later, in August 2018.
2019–2020: Whole Lotta Red
Late in 2018, Carti started producing his second album, Whole Lotta Red. Many of Carti’s tracks, including “Pissy Pamper,” were leaked onto the internet over the course of the following two years and amassed tens of millions of streams. He didn’t put out any original music, but he was on a lot of tracks, such “Earfquake” by Tyler the Creator and “Baguettes in the Face” by DJ Mustard, which also featured NAV and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. With the song “@ Meh,” which reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2020, Carti delivered his first new music since 2018.
He appeared on Drake’s song “Pain 1993” the following month, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Carti’s first top-ten position on the chart. Whole Lotta Red was finished and submitted to Carti’s label in November 2020, according to an announcement. Carti collaborated with Future on the song “Flex Up” off Lil Yachty’s deluxe album Lil Boat 3.5, which was released on Thanksgiving Day, 2020.
The hip-hop analyst DJ Akademiks revealed Whole Lotta Red would be released on Christmas Day the following month. On December 21, 2020, Carter announced the release date for the Christmas album. Carti released the 24-track album Whole Lotta Red on December 25, 2020. Carti’s first single to reach number one on the charts, it debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200.
2021–present: Upcoming album
In June 2021, musician Pi’erre Bourne’s song “Switching Lanes” off his album The Life Of Pi’erre 5 and rapper Lil 1 Dte’s single “Homixide” from his self-titled mixtape both included Carti as a featured artist.
In August 2021, Playboi Carti appeared on Kanye West’s album Donda in the tracks “Unlock It” by ABRA, “Off the Grid,” “Junya,” and “Junya, Pt. 2.”
After being away from Twitter for more than a year, Carti returned on December 25, 2022, with messages like “Hello Twitter” and “love all my supporters it’s time” that may have hinted at a second Christmas Day release, similar to the one of his second studio album, Whole Lotta Red in 2020.
Carti began the first day of Rolling Loud California on March 3, 2023. He performed the unreleased song “Rockstar” during the set, which is anticipated to appear on his future album.
Following his incarceration in December 2022, Carti returned to Instagram on May 28, 2023, and shared a screenshot of him and The Weeknd FaceTiming on his Instagram story.
The Weeknd teased the collaborative track “Popular” with Carti and Madonna on social media three days later on May 30, 2023, and revealed that it would be released on June 2, 2023 as a single for his upcoming soundtrack album The Idol Vol. 1 (2023), for his television series The Idol.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again was photographed on June 12, 2023, wearing an upside-down cross chain, which has come to be associated with Opium. Later, Jewelry Unlimited revealed on Instagram that they are both working on a collaborative album named 004KT. F1lthy, a frequent producer for Opium, tweeted “004KT” on June 12, fueling speculation of a collaborative album.
Carti performed the song “Pop Out,” which is slated to appear on his upcoming album Music, live at Wireless Festival on July 7, 2023.
Carti announced on his Instagram story on July 12, 2023, that he will be going on tour alongside his labelmates Ken Carson, Destroy Lonely, and Homixide Gang.
Carti appeared on the eighth track, “Fe!n,” of Travis Scott’s much anticipated fourth studio album Utopia on July 28, 2023. The following day, Carti released a video of himself rapping a verse from the song on his Instagram account. He also discussed his much anticipated third studio album, saying, “New shit on the way, believe that.”
Playboi Carti Fashion and modeling
One of the key aspects of Carter’s persona is his sense of style. He has referred to himself as a “thrift store kid” and frequently favors antique clothing. According to GQ, Carter is the “leader of a youth style” and symbolizes a stylistic synthesis of Lil Uzi Vert’s punk-rock attitude, ASAP Mob’s glossy gloss, and Lil Yachty’s humorous camp.
Carter’s favorite brand of clothing is Balmain, and he met Raf Simons at a New York City fashion event in 2017. Carter is a featured artist on the Raf Simons-inspired song “Raf” by ASAP Mob. Carter, ASAP Rocky, and Quavo all wore rare Raf Simons creations in the song’s music video. Carter revealed to Vogue in 2017 that Kanye West and ASAP Rocky serve as his fashion role models.
For Louis Vuitton during Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5, VFiles, and Drake’s OVO Lookbook with Ian Connor and John Ross, Carter has modeled multiple times.