The hip-hop community has been waiting and speculating on Playboi Carti‘s forthcoming sophomore album Whole Lotta Red since August 2018, when the rapper revealed the project’s title in a recording. For a whole year now, the album has managed to remain both elusive and yet frustratingly accessible, as leak-after-leak has plagued the otherwise tight-lipped Carti.
In a series of leaks, interviews and performances, Carti has revealed details as fluidly has he negates them, leaving an uncertain catalogue of information and rumors circulating about the project. To give some much-needed clarity, here’s a rundown of everything we know so far about Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red.
‘Whole Lotta Red’ release date
In an Instagram post on October 15, Playboi Carti seemingly implied Whole Lotta Red‘s imminent release date, with a caption reading “red incoming.”
This isn’t the first time Carti has suggested a release date. In a June interview with the Fader, Carti indicated his album could be finished soon, saying “I could be done if I wanted to. I’m just trying to top shit. I might make the hardest song ever tomorrow.”
Then in late July the rapper was a bit more revealing, but still frustratingly vague, when he announced at a show that he’s “trying” to drop the album “in the next 60 days.” This puts the release of the project at the end of September.
‘Whole Lotta Red’ album artwork
It seems Carti’s affliction with leaks has no end. Earlier this year a reported cover for Whole Lotta Red surfaced online. The illustrated image features Carti’s distorted face on a red background, with the words “it’s a whole lotta red” plaster on top in a simple Arial font.
‘Whole Lotta Red’ tracklist
Over the last few months, a number of Carti tracks have leaked online. It’s not yet known whether leaked tracks “Minute Maid,” “Butterfly Pill,” “T Shit,” “A and L,” “Hulk,” “Shortie N Luv”, “Red on Red” and the most recent “Buff the Body” will appear on Whole Lotta Red.
It appears these leaked tracks were originally planned for the album. Ben Dandridge-Lemco, who interviewed Carti for the Fader, recently tweeted “More than half of the songs that Carti played me in April for WLR have leaked since then.”
‘Whole Lotta Red’ potential collaborators
In his the Fader interview, Carti lists producers Pi’erre Bourn, Maaly Raw, Richie Souf, his engineer Roark, and Don Cannon as collaborators. In the same article Dandridge-Lemco also cited features from Gunna and Trippie Redd.
Drake then sparked rumors that he might feature with a cryptic Instagram caption reading “Nobody: Me: Somebody play Whole Lotta Red.”
However, it seems Carti is changing his tune. While onstage on July 28, Carti told fans the album would have no features, saying “I ain’t gon’ lie. It feel like we worked too hard for this moment. So, I’ma do this shit with no features.”