Playboi Carti Pays Homage to Lil Wayne
Playboi Carti, a leader of new school Hip Hop, details Lil Wayne’s impact on the current generation. Whether it be the heavy use of AutoTune, the eccentric style of clothing, or popularizing drug use, rappers take heavy inspiration from the legendary rapper.
During an intimate conversation with Kid Cudi for Interview Magazine, the Atlanta rapper explained how Lil Wayne influenced his recording process. Cudi asked the 24-year-old how he develops his unique vocal style that his fans love.
“I’m right there in the moment,” Playboi Carti told his “M3tamorphosis” collaborator. “Everything is freestyle. Shout out Lil Wayne. I use whatever I bring with me that day.”
Carti added, “If something is stressing me out, I’ll come to dish that. If I’ve been hanging around my street, I’ll make street shit that day. No matter the vibe of that day, that’s how I come.”
Carti Shows Kanye Love
Later on in the conversation, Playboi Carti also showed Kanye West love for executive producing Whole Lotta Red.
“Kanye is the OG,” Carti said. “He opened my eyes to some shit. When I got around him, I realized why I love him so much.”
Carti continued, “Being able to talk to somebody who understands what I’m saying, I got that from his whole camp. I felt that energy from everybody he deals with. I didn’t feel like a loner. The world I’m trying to build, he already got it going on.”
Whole Lotta Red Went No. 1
Playboi Carti’s long-awaited Whole Lotta Red finally arrived in December 2020. The album only had three features: from Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Future.
Whole Lotta Red became Carti’s first No. 1 album. It took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart and moved 100,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week. The album ended with a total of 126.4 million on-demand streams added on to that.