'Whole Lotta Red': Playboi Carti says Kid Cudi to feature on long-awaited album, fans claim 'he's playing with us'
Playboi Carti has been hyping the album for two whole years now
Playboi Carti has confirmed another featured contributor for his long-awaited sophomore project 'Whole Lotta Red'. The rapper took to his Instagram on Monday night, December 14, to share his appreciation for Kid Cudi, whom he describes as a very good guy with a beautiful spirit. Sharing a red filtered photo of the two rappers, Carti also announced Cudi will make a guest appearance on his second album. "I fL3w 2 bro ! toLD hiM hiS mUSic iS WORLd nEEdED . V3ry good GUY bEAUtiFUL sPirit," he wrote in the caption for the pic, adding, "HE wILL bE oN THis ALBuM . L0v3 hiM . W3 ALL do ." Carti's post drew over half a million likes around the time of this article, including a like from British rapper Skepta. Check out his announcement here.
While several fans are excited about the Kid Cudi feature, Carti's announcement has also brought on mixed reactions from fans who have become frustrated with the prolonged wait. "Man idc wat he says tell em to drop the album already," said a fan while another wrote, "We don’t want his album anymore. Been hyping this album up for 2 years and he still playin with fans."
man idc wat he says tell em to drop the album already— jeśü§ (@jesucon207) December 15, 2020
We don’t want his album anymore. Been hyping this album up for 2 years and he still playin with fans— la flame (@JVCKB0Y) December 15, 2020
One fan wrote, "This album bout as overhyped as cyberpunk bruhj," referring to the long-awaited video game 'Cyberpunk 2077' Another fan added, "Stop hoarding the album man." "What about Frank Ocean?" asks a fan, adding, "That’s past due."
this album bout as overhyped as cyberpunk bruhj— dead_btw (@jdtheboss459) December 15, 2020
Stop hoarding the album man— Dark knight☠️ (@ThePepsiaddict) December 15, 2020
What about Frank Ocean? That’s past due— shy oh so shy me :: 🦇 (@jayceisfear) December 15, 2020
The Frank Ocean reference is when Carti revealed back in 2018 that he had recorded five songs with Ocean, which still haven't seen the light of day. According to Billboard, Carti said, "Frank Ocean, he's the GOAT. Last time I worked with him was in New York about a month ago. We did like five songs. You know, it's Frank so he move how he moves. [The songs are] with [Frank]."
'Whole Lotta Red' has been teased by Playboi Carti since 2018, so it's understandable why the fan frustration. Although, the rapper did say in November that he'd turned in the album and just last week noted, "i kAnT bELieVE mY ALBUm iS AbOUT 2 dRoP . wTF 💋 ps . i goT A tANK @ THe cAsTLE n0w thx. YE."
What's more is that the album's release date may have been revealed by Art Dealer, who produced the fan-favorite track 'Long Time' from Carti's debut LP 'Die Lit'. In several photos from an Instagram slideshow shared by Art Dealer, graffiti reads "WLR" with the numbers "12/25," suggesting the release date of 'Whole Lotta Red' as Christmas day. You can view the photos here.
Prior to that, DJ Akademiks claimed that he got word that the project will drop on December 25 and that the album will be executive produced by Kanye West and Givenchy creative director Matthew Williams.
Check out our Playboi Carti playlist here before 'Whole Lotta Red'.