Since their first collaboration, fans have been hungry for a collaboration album from Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. In 2017, hip-hop fans received an abundance of collaboration albums. These prominent albums include Offset and 21 Savage’s ‘Without Warning’, Future and Young Thug’s ‘Super Slimey’, & Travi$ Scott and Quavo’s ‘Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho’ amongst others. It seemed like these artists enjoyed working together and saw the advantages of combining their fanbases . As of late, it seems as though besides rapper-producer joints, artists are sticking more to solo efforts even though fans are hungry for more rap duos to align. Since 2016, fans of Uzi and Carti have been eagerly awaiting a collection of songs from the pair.
We feel as though 2020 is the perfect year for this collab album to drop. This is due to the fact that both artists are at the height of their popularity. Lil Uzi Vert dropped two back to back projects in March that have done extremely well . ‘Eternal Atake’ sold just under 300k units in its first week and debuted atop the billboard charts. He also broke a record for being the first artist to chart every song from two albums in two weeks. Up to this point, this has been Uzi’s year but do not count out our man Playboi Carti. Since 2018, Carti has been teasing the release of ‘Whole Lotta Red’ which will be his sophomore album. Frankly, we don’t expect it to do as well as an Uzi release. However his fanbase have never been more excited for a new release.
Their First Link-Up
Their first collaboration was off of ‘Of Course We Ghetto Flowers’ which also featured Offset. This was from Uzi’s 2016 mixtape “The Perfect Luv Tape.” This is a song that is driven by volatile energy from all three rappers and serves as the ultimate flex song as Uzi & Carti both discuss their taste for high fashion. They shout-out luxury brands such as Goyard and Christian Louboutin while their captivating ad-libs keep the listener engaged.
Joint Efforts on the ‘Playboi Carti Mixtape
On Carti’s self-titled mixtape (listen to the mixtape here) he blessed us with two Uzi features which were the highlights of the project. On ‘Lookin’ we have Carti who comes in with a repetitive but catchy hook over a beat that sounds like a musical loop from a vintage arcade game. Uzi comes in with a menacing flow and offers a good balance to Carti’s more laid-back tone. However, their best collaborative track is ‘wokeuplikethis’. They speak about some of their imitators who have tried copying their unique styles. This was a cool concept considering that they are currently two of the most original acts in hip-hop. Thanks to the anime-esque beat provided by Pierre B’ourne, both rappers keep up their awesome quick rapping for the entirety of the track.
Their Most Recent Pairing
The standout track ‘Shoota’ from Carti’s debut album “Die Lit” marked the fourth collaboration between the two artists. This is a fun banger that features uplifting production from Maaly Raw and is a track about “toolies” and how they will be introduced to those who aren’t on their side. This was pivotal to increasing the anticipation for a Lil Uzi, Playboi Carti collab album.
What The Future May Hold
Fans were disappointed to see that Playboi Carti was not featured on Lil Uzi’s recent album Eternal Atake (listen to the album here) or even the deluxe version. When asked if he and Carti were cool in 2019 on Twitter, Uzi answered “No.” Although when asked if they were beefing after fans reacted to a Carti-less ‘Eternal Atake’ Uzi responded, “We not beefing dude.” The comment was a big relief to many fans of the duo who are desperately hoping for an Uzi-Carti partnership. Our enthusiasm for this collab album is through the roof because their chemistry is unparalleled. They contrast each other wonderfully since Carti’s tone is usually more laid back and nonchalant, while Uzi is higher pitched and can bring some wild delivery which creates the perfect balance. At the very least we absolutely need an Uzi feature on “Whole Lotta Red.”
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