REVIEW: Playboi Carti – Die Lit

Playboi Carti, the 21 year old Atlanta rapper has yet again dropped another gem. Partnering with big names like Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, and Travis Scott, Cardi has created another masterpiece.

But what makes this #3 Billboard 200 album with over 80 million streams so special? Allow me to explain the creativity and mindset of some of the many songs from the album.

Die Lit ​is a surreal direction for Atlanta’s trap movement, a sound which is undoubtedly dominating the airwaves & commercial charts worldwide. In this conceptual debut, Carti & Pi’erre Bourne bring an distinctive dynamic, delivering a uniquely innovative sound unheard from the duo before. It’s a party album unlike no other. The production, handled mostly in part by Pi’erre Bourne​, is as experimental as it gets. There are no understatements in his style; this is abrasive, fully fledged trill-wave hip-hop that hits hard with swirling motions, melodic synths, and odd, off-key motifs layered throughout the album.

Accompanied with hypnotic hi-hat and snare patterns, it creates a circus of flare unlike any producer of his fame. Although there are few variations in the keys and the melodies on the album, Pi’erre makes it work. It creates an electrifying vibe of perpetual rhythms, each hit transitioning smoothly to the next.

The track ‘Shootas‘ ​shows a definitive contrast of Uzi & Carti, both going back and forth with impressive bars, the beat is somewhat uplifting and joyful, which is rare from Carti. The two rappers have so far delivered endless collabs and have featured on each other’s albums and singles many times. Both Carti & Uzi are ahead of the game, yet they are absolute opposites to each other. In terms of how they deliver music they clearly play off each other’s energy and this resulting in endless masterpieces by the two for example ‘Wokeuplikethis’, ‘Lookin’, ‘Break The Bank’.

While Pi’erre has created a complex & composed atmosphere to the album, the cut through is delivered with Carti’s lyrical spirit. In Die Lit​, Carti’s flair comes through with its simplicity. His unconventional repetition of words and phrases put the listener in a trance, a hypnotic rhyme scheme curating an addictive and disorientating listen. A great example of this is the track ‘Love Hurts‘ in collab with Travis Scott. Both artist seem to project the same energy on the track and produce something I like to call Distortion Rap.

Playboi Carti uses this art to capture listeners with the easily recognised distortions in the beats, as well as hard hitting melodic choruses and a hint of repetition. The track is truly a masterpiece, and is all around banger to say the least. It’s a radical break of his own style, showcasing what Carti is capable of, and setting loose the distinguishable performance in his vocals. He’s honed the radiance in his voice, playing with pitch and his ad-libs; there’s a reliance on this reiteration that blends into the Bournes experimental sound, which creates a mosaic around Carti’s voice, amalgamating Die Lits artistic vision.

This evolution in his creativity is what puts Carti apart from his contemporaries, with copycat rappers sure to follow suit. Carti doesn’t fallback on his previous project self titled ‘Playboi Carti‘ ​with hit single ‘Magnolia,‘ with this new album, In Fact he brings a brand new wave.

If you haven’t heard the album I highly recommend it. As always we look forward to hearing more from Carti as he visits New Zealand for his first ever international tour on 2nd June 2018​.

– Sam Newstead

By tickets HERE.

Stream ‘Die Lit‘ below.



NEW MUSIC: Playboi Carti feat. Travis Scott – Love Hurts

Back in March, we heard that Playboi Carti was almost done working on his new album. “Somebody from the label wants me to tweet Carti’s albums done,” his main producer Pi’erre Bourne wrote before he deleted it later. A fan then asked who it was from the label that asked for the announcement. Bourne simply replied, “Me.”

Today, we get a new single from the Atlanta producer called ‘Love Hurts’ which might be the first taste off the project. Carti has enlisted Travis Scott on the track.

New Playboi Carti Australian Dates Announced

Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring can now confirm the rescheduled dates of Playboi Carti’s debut tour in Australia.

The new dates will take place throughout May and June 2018, with the Brisbane venue moving to Eatons Hill Ballroom to allow for an all-ages show, and all other venues remaining the same.

All existing ticketholders need not to take action as original purchases are valid for entry at all rescheduled shows. If the new dates are not suitable, rest assured ticketholders will be able to secure a refund. Refunds can be secured through the show’s authorised ticketing agency – refer to the TOUR DATES & TICKETING HERE.

Tickets for rescheduled dates are on sale now from HERE.

May 29 – Metro City

May 30 – Enmore Theatre

May 31 – Eatons Hill Ballroom
All Ages

June 1 – Forum
All Ages

New Playboi Carti Dates Announced



Playboi Carti’s debut NZ show will now take place in June — tickets on sale now from HERE.

Existing tickets are valid for entry at the new show dates, no further action required. If you can no longer attend, visit HERE for refund info

New Auckland show date – Saturday 2 June
GA $79.90 + BF


JUST ANNOUNCED: Playboi Carti Tour Postponed


Frontier Touring regret to advise that due to exhaustion, Playboi Carti’s AU & NZ shows have been postponed with new dates to be revealed shortly.

Frontier apologise for any inconvenience caused. Revised show dates are close to being rescheduled and will be announced as soon as possible.

Ticketholders will be contacted directly once rescheduled tour dates are confirmed, and new dates will be announced on

Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto their tickets as their existing ticket will be valid for entry at the rescheduled show.

If the new dates are not suitable, rest assured ticketholders will be able to secure a refund. Refunds can be secured through the show’s authorised ticketing agency – all details can be found HERE,