Ivan Martinez, writer

It goes without question that Playboi Carti is one of the most elusive and magnetic figures in the current state of hip-hop. Anytime he speaks publicly or posts on social media, it’s typically something vague in nature and often equally as ominous yet vivacious as his larger-than-life stage presence.

That same mystique mixed with his innate ability to tap into exactly what his rabid legion of fans expects from him and his music has allowed the Atlanta-bred artist to find increasingly growing success with each new project. In the years since signing with A$AP Rocky’s AWGE label in 2015, Playboi Carti has earned accolades in the rap game on an incremental basis.

After reaching No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his 2017 hit, “Magnolia,” Carti had his debut studio LP, 2018’s Die Lit, spend a total of 146 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart with a peak position of No. 3. King Vamp followed that up by landing at the very top of that same chart with his most recent album, 2020’s Whole Lotta Red, which debuted at No. 1 in its first week.Now it’s been over two years since Carti has put out a new project, and at this point, his cult-like following, commonly known as the Vamps, are foaming at the mouth and ready to sink their teeth into some new sounds from their captivating leader.

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