Playboi Carti Announces Next Album Title

It’s only been a few months since Playboi Carti released Die Lit, his sophomore project, but the Atlanta rapper already has the title for the follow-up planned. As he announced in an Instagram story, Carti’s next album will be titled Whole Lotta Red. He has not released any info regarding when the project may be released. 

Carti has also hinted at a forthcoming joint project with Lil Uzi Vert, though he didn’t seem very optimistic about it in an interview earlier this year, Even so, he revealed that the two “like 100” songs on in the vault. It is unclear if these collaborations will ever see release.

The rapper also recently revealed that he had recorded a number songs with Frank Ocean. “Frank Ocean, he’s the GOAT, you know what I’m sayin’?” he said. “Last time, I worked with him was in New York about a month ago. We did like five songs.” Unfortunately, it seems that the future the recording is also quite up in the air. “You know, it’s Frank, so he move how he move… You never know what he on.”

Carti is fresh f his Die Lit summer tour. Stream the album, which features contributions from Chief Keef, Gunna, Bryson Tiller, Lil Uzi Vert, Pi’erre Bourne, and more, here.

Lex Luger Is "Back In The Loop" After Grappling With Drug Addiction

At the height his career, Lex Luger’s phone rang non-stop. His early trap sound signalled a gear shift in rap music, helping several well known rappers build a successful template in the process. His name has been noticeably absent from the ledger, for the past five or so years. Lex Luger took a moment to share his account what wrong in an interview with The Fader. Incidentally, he isn’t here to pitch a memoir, quite the opposite. Luger is back on his grizzly, like he never skipped a beat.

Luger told Fader that at his worst, he was swallowing 5 to 6 Xanax tablet a day, this before he sought help from a rehab facility. His drug addiction came at a time where he felt overwhelmed by the demands pression and his fatherly responsibilities 

“It’s like, Alright, cool, I can do all this, but then I’m missing out on my daughter’s first day school. I had a hard time balancing it because I was going hard at the music thing,” Luger confessed. “So I completely let go music and was doing good with the family. Now, I’m 27 and learning how to balance both at the same time.”

Lex Luger also shed a light on his falling out with fellow producer Southside, which he says is on the mend thanks to his sobriety. Luger also listed producers he feels have taken up the mantle he left behind, artists like Pi’erre Bourne, Metro Boomin, Tay Keith, DJ Mustard and Mike WiLL Made-It. Hopefully Lex Luger can return to his former glory, he’s only 27 years old, it’s hard to believe.

Young Nudy's "Slimeball 3" Review

When Young Nudy first appeared on 2015’s Slaughter King, one his cousin’s formative mixtapes, he contrasted 21 Savage’s now-trademark menace with an air nonchalance that was genuinely captivating in its own right. Once he followed up his modest debut mixtape, Paradise City, with the first  the Slimeball series, Nudy rocketed to regional fame. Minor hits like “Yeah Yeah” established him as a unique, forward-thinking voice in the game; Nudy was intent on occupying his lane and his lane only, wielding an inimitable flow that ten sputters to life with absolutely no warning. And with Pi’erre Bourne by his side – a young talent who has recently become an industry darling following his work with Playboi Carti – Nudy’s subsequent mixtapes (last year’s Slimeball 2 and the critically-acclaimed Nudy Land) garnered him an almost cult-like status amongst fans the East Atlanta cannon. 

Where his previous projects sported increasingly bigger co-signs, there are absolutely no features on Slimeball 3. It’s a strategic move; this conscious decision to stand on his own on the cusp mainstream success could have easily been a fatal turn for a lesser artist, unnecessarily exposing the flaws a burgeoning talent. Yet with Nudy there’s no hesitance, no sense uncertainty, as he skillfully traverses the bare canvas, coloring freely and confidently.

Not only is there no supporting cast, Pi’erre’s usual level assistance has been tempered as well. Adhering to tradition, Pi’erre still has sole production credits on the opening track “One Dolla” (which might actually be the best their collaborative Slimeball intros, Nudy’s distinctive stream consciousness flow on full display), but for the rest the tape Nudy enlists a slew talented producers in his place, even bringing Metro Boomin out his recent hiatus sorts. With producers like Wheezy, Maaly Raw, Rex Kudo, and CuBeatz added to the fray, there was a chance that Nudy’s usual mystique would be soiled. Yet, either by his own sheer will or the producers’ collective inclination to not fix what isn’t broken, the usual palette sounds found on a Slimeball project is thankfully left intact. 

The hooks on here are uniformly great and Nudy’s melodies are better than ever. The singles, “Do That” and “Sherbert” are obvious examples, but album cuts like “Know What’s Happenin” and “ABM” serve to prove his consistency. He may not always have something to say – sometimes the verses are just bridges to the promised land that are his hooks – but even when the verses falter, Nudy almost always catches an inspired pocket (see: “Zone 6”). The subtle crooning found on “Middle Fingers” makes it an instant earworm. The stutter flow on “Friday” elevates it above a standard homage to the Ice Cube flick to a comical cinematic experience its own (“Friday’s on my pinky, n****/Heavy D, I’m smokin’ cookie, n****/Ice Cube, beat that shit out you n****,” is comedic gold and just plain great writing).

More ten than not, Nudy’s charm is undeniable. Sometimes the lyrics are a silly string braggadocious wordplay: “I get it for the low, call me Shawty Lo/And I got your hoe, goin’ low/She gonna suck slimeball slow/Real slow, I didn’t love your hoe.” But when he’s got a solid topic at hand, the more traditional aspects Nudy’s rapping get a chance to shine. For example, the Maaly Raw produced “InDaStreet” is a 3-minute diatribe on the increasingly diluted street rap lane. “Yeah, your momma raised a pussy n****, st ass n****, you a wanksta,” he seethes, utterly fed up with the bullshit. In a world Tekashi69s running amok, by the time Nudy claims “hell nah, they don’t beef,” complete with an exasperated “pshh” ad-lib that doubles as a gun sound, it’s hard to imagine any other rapper questioning his authenticity.   

Changes in tempo, such as on “Robbin and Gettin,” or experimentations with delivery, like on “Mercy With Doubt,” are welcomed diversions from the usual. The penultimate track, “Right Now,” produced by Metro and Wheezy, is a dark and atmospheric taunt that begs to be replayed and scoured for every elusive punchline. Artists like Nudy, as well as Chicago’s Valee, are both innovators, their combination acrobatic flows, hushed-delivery and animated ad-libs currently setting trends left and right. All in all, Slimeball 3 feels like a full realization the idiosyncrasies scattered across his previous efforts.   

Now all we need is that collab album with 21 – 4LBUM soon come!

It's Young Nudy's World, You're Just Living In It

Soon enough, you’ll come to know the name Young Nudy. You may already recall the ominous landscapes his hellish theme park Nudy Land; boasting appearances from Pi’erre Bourne, Offset, Lil Yachty and more, the 2017 project played a pivotal role in carving Nudy’s name in the pantheon emerging ATLiens. Standing against a sinister, horror-film canvas with Chucky Doll in tow, it’s easy to associate Nudy with the dark aesthetic his art portrays. 

Yet that would be doing a disservice to the mind behind it all. He previously spoke about his music being falsely interpreted as “evil,” presenting an interesting interpretation on his instrumentals. “I call ’em “life beats.” Energy beats. Beats that give you life and energy,” Nudy once explained to us. “I’m havin’ fun in my world, but my world is dangerous, you see what I’m sayin’?” As a young rapper coming up out East Atlanta, Nudy is no stranger to the perils a trapper’s lifestyle.

When describing his hometown, specifically Zone 6 (known to hip-hop scholars as the hometown Gucci Mane and Future), Nudy wastes little time in painting a brutal picture. “The area I’m from, where I be at, the Paradise East Apartments, sheeeit, ain’t nothin’ but a whole buncha gang shit goin on ’round that motherfucker,” Nudy says. “I ain’t gon’ say too much, you feel me. N*ggas just be on the real bullshit.” If it weren’t for music, he knows exactly where he would be too. Especially given the frequent police presence in and around Zone 6. 

Luckily, a rising prile comes with a few added benefits. “Police don’t be fucking with me all the time no more,” explains Nudy. When asked whether or not his day to day lifestyle has changed, he reflects. “I don’t know, I still go to the neighborhood, still kick it, chill, smoke my weed. Do whatever, whatever I need to do, but I don’t know still same old shit I just don’t be involved in illegal activities no more.”

Luckily, he realized there was future in rap, largely due to the rise his cousin, 21 Savage. Together, the blood relatives teamed up for “Air It Out,” which currently boasts over forty one million views on YouTube. It’s no wonder that the song’s success prompted Nudy to dive deeper into the rap game, realizing it might be time to get serious. While he’d never truly leave the streets behind, around December last year, Nudy decided to commit himself to hip-hop. Still, his deadpan flow over the haunting production from KidHazel on the latest cousin-cousin release, “Since When” fers an honest, if not harrowing, look at Nudy’s previous lifestyle: 

“Toe tag, catch a body at a young age / AKs, SKs, .38 throwaway / Glock-9 longway / Young n*gga down wit’ plays / Shit was crazy back in the day / Y’all cannot last a day / Shit was crazy in my ‘partment / You can ask my n*gga Tre / Young n*gga spraying them thang’ / Young n*gga havin’ them K / Robbin’ shit everyday.”

Since Nudy Land, the rapper has remained relatively quiet, although the silence has been justifiable.  “I’m a secretive person,” he admits. “I don’t like everybody in my business, I don’t try to be out in the open.” He does, however, have some love for another young up-and-comer. “Not many artists in Atlanta I fuck wit,” he reveals. “I fucks with Carti. We been kickin shit, that my boy.”

He’s currently preparing his upcoming Slime Ball 3 mixtape, his first since truly buckling down on his hip-hop aspirations.  For those uninitiated in the vernacular, Nudy has provided a breakdown for your assistance: “some shit I be doing, or what I used to be doing.” Yet he hasn’t forgotten where he came from, and keeps the same values he always has. “Just getting my money,” says Nudy. “Look out for who I need to look out for. Pay my tithes to big God. Thank him everyday. Physically changed my life.”

In truth, the bar is high for Nudy; the man has, after all, established himself as a dominant voice in East Atlanta. With an impressive repertoire already on deck and an ambitious, workaholic’s mindset, except nothing less than unrelenting realness from Young Nudy.