Playboi Carti

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Playboi Carti
Playboi Carti August 2017.jpg
Carti performing in August 2017
Background information
Birth name Jordan Terrell Carter
Also known as
  • Sir Cartier
  • Cash Carti
  • Young Carti
Born (1996-09-13) September 13, 1996 (age 21)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Jordan Terrell Carter (born September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name Playboi Carti, is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Former member of the Atlanta art collective Awful Records, he is currently signed to ASAP Rocky's AWGE.[1] His eponymous debut mixtape was released on April 14, 2017.[2][3]

Early life

Carter was born in Atlanta, and grew up in Fairburn, a small city in Georgia. He attended North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs.[4] Carter skipped high school classes regularly to work on his music or go to his job at H&M.[5]

Although he is mostly spotted in only luxurious clothing, Carti shared with Liana Satenstein of Vogue that, as a kid growing up, he had always been shopping in thrift stores, something that has had an effect on his fashion and music style.[6]


He originally started rapping as Sir Cartier, releasing the Young Misfit mixtape under the moniker on November 12, 2012. He later changed his name at the age of 17. Recording and performing under the alias Playboi Carti, he first came into prominence in 2015 with his song "Broke Boi."[7]

Playboi Carti performing in Minneapolis in 2016

Initially a part of the Atlanta-based Awful Records label,[8] in 2016 he was featured on ASAP Mob's debut studio album, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, on the tracks "London Town" and "Telephone Calls". The latter was released as the second single from the album.[5]

Carti's eponymous debut mixtape, which features guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, ASAP Rocky, and Leven Kali, was released on April 14, 2017.[9] The release gained attention from various music publications, including XXL,[2] Pitchfork,[10] Spin,[3] HotNewHipHop,[11] and PopMatters.[12] XXL noted the track "Magnolia", which references a well-known New Orleans housing unit that several rappers have come from, as a standout cut,[2] whereas Pitchfork critic Briana Younger thought that the release "finds a cloudy and economical mood and stays there, but it's Carti's magnetic confidence that turns just enough into plenty."[10] The mixtape sold 28,051 units in its opening week.[11] Accompanying the mixtape's release, Carti embarked on a tour with Gucci Mane and Dreezy.[13]

On June 13, 2017, Playboi Carti was named as one of the ten of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class."[14] Also that summer, he was featured alongside ASAP Rocky on a track on Lana Del Rey's most recent album, Lust for Life, titled "Summer Bummer", and alongside rappers Young Thug and 21 Savage in a commercial line for Adidas Originals.[15] On August 9, 2017, Playboi Carti released a music video for the song "wokeuplikethis*" alongside Lil Uzi Vert.[16]

A collaborative mixtape between Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti is rumored due to a post Carti made on his Snapchat.[17] No direct confirmation has been given from either artist.[18]


Musical style

Playboi Carti performing in November 2016

Carter has been described as a "mumble rapper,"[19] and his music as "playful, hard-hitting, and very melodic."[20] Complex called his style of rapping "spare and repetitive, more concerned with flow and catchy phrases."[21] Briana Younger at Pitchfork said that "Carter's music is less about lyricism and more about atmosphere," going on to say that "whatever Carter lacks in substance he makes up in sheer audacity."[22] Carter's music is influenced by Southern rappers such as Gucci Mane, Young Thug, and Lil Wayne.[19]

The New York Times said Carter's rapping made it appear as if he was "more at ease with the performance of the role than with the actual act of rapping."[23]


Carter's fashion style is one of the main features of his public image. GQ has defined Carter as the "leader of a youth style," and said that he represents a stylistic midpoint between the "fashion gloss of A$AP Mob, the punk-rock attitude of Uzi Vert, and the playful camp of Yachty."[24]

Carter's favorite brands include RAF Simons and Balmain. Carter met Simons at a fashion show in New York.[25] Carter is featured on the song "RAF" by ASAP Mob, which was dedicated to the RAF Simons brand. The music video for the song included Carter, ASAP Rocky, and Quavo wearing rare RAF Simons clothing.[26] Carter considers Kanye West and ASAP Rocky inspirations for his fashion style.[27]

Carter has modeled numerous times, including for Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5,[28][29] VFiles,[30][31] and Drake's OVO Lookbook.[32]

Personal life

Carter currently lives and works in and around Los Angeles.[5]

In July 2017, Carter was arrested on domestic abuse charges after arguing with his girlfriend outside of the Los Angeles International Airport and then grabbing her by her hair and forcing her out of the terminal.[33] In August 2017, it was announced that Carter would not face domestic abuse charges.[34]

In October, 2017, Carti began dating American model, entrepreneur, and TV Personality, Blac Chyna[35]



Collaborative mixtapes

  • 16*29 (With Lil Uzi Vert) (2017)


  1. ^ "BMI - Repertoire Search". Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Ivey, Justin (April 14, 2017). "Best Songs of the Week Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti and More". XXL. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Servantes, Ivan (April 14, 2017). "Stream Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Mixtape". Spin. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday, Playboi Carti! - XXL". Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Scanaro, Ross (April 14, 2017). "Almost Famous: Playboi Carti Talks His Come Up, First Mixtape, and Working With Lil Uzi Vert". Complex. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Playboi Carti Is the Fashion World's Latest Rapper Heartthrob". Vogue. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  7. ^ Satenstein, Liana (April 17, 2017). "Playboi Carti Is the Fashion World's Latest Rapper Heartthrob". Vogue. 
  8. ^ "Playboi Carti". The New Yorker. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Craighead, Olivia. "Listen to Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Mixtape". The Fader. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Younger, Briana (April 22, 2017). "Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Goddard, Kevin. "First Week Sales For Playboi Carti's Self-Titled Debut Project". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ Duricy, Bryan (April 19, 2017). "Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti". PopMatters. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ Sacher, Andrew (April 18, 2017). "Playboi Carti mixtape out now ++ catch him in NYC after Gucci Mane tour". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  14. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Young Thug 21 Savage And Playboi Carti Star In New adidas Originals Ad". 11 August 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  16. ^ "Playboi Carti Shares New Video For "wokeuplikethis*" With Lil Uzi Vert". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  17. ^ "Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert Might Be Working on a Mixtape Together - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  18. ^ "It Looks Like Lil Uzi Vert And Playboi Carti Are Coming Out With A Mixtape Together". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  19. ^ a b "Playboi Carti's "Playboi Carti" (Review)". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  20. ^ Howard, Jackson. "Meet Playboi Carti, the Next Atlanta Rap Prodigy Taking Fashion By Storm". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  21. ^ "Almost Famous: Playboi Carti Talks His Come Up, First Mixtape, and Working With Lil Uzi Vert". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  22. ^ "Playboi Carti: Playboi Carti Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  23. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2016-02-28). "Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti, Oddball Rap's Children, at Play". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  24. ^ Martin, Jake Woolf,Matt (2017-05-11). "Playboi Carti Is Here to Own Your Summer Playlist". GQ. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  25. ^ "A$AP Rocky Pulled Up to Raf Simons's First Show in New York Looking Like a Rock Star". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  26. ^ "A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti & Quavo Stunt in Raf Simons for "RAF"". 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  27. ^ "Playboi Carti Is the Fashion World's Latest Rapper Heartthrob". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  28. ^ "Playboi Carti Models For Newest Yeezy Collection This Past Week". 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  29. ^ "Yeezy News, Collections, Fashion Shows, Fashion Week Reviews, and More - Vogue". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  30. ^ "Playboi Carti Photos Photos: VFILES - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  31. ^ "On the Runway and Backstage at VFILES Spring 2016". 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  32. ^ "OVO's Newest Lookbook Is Ultra-Clean And Features Playboi Carti". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  33. ^ "Rapper Playboi Carti Arrested at LAX for Domestic Battery of Girlfriend". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  34. ^ "Playboi Carti Will Not Face Domestic Battery Charges: Report". 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
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