Playboi Carti will release his long-awaited second album, Whole Lotta Red, on Christmas Day, December 25th.
The rapper announced the news on social media Monday night, December 21st, sharing the release date, album cover, and a preorder link. The album announcement was accompanied by a sizable merch drop.
The title for his follow-up was first revealed on Instagram in August 2018. In March 2019, he told GQ that Virgil Abloh would serve as the album’s creative director. Since then he’s appeared on a number of tracks, including Solange’s “Almeda,” Tyler, the Creator’s “EARFQUAKE,” and Drake’s “Pain 1993.” In April, he dropped “@ MEH,” his first solo release since 2018. He’s one of the many rappers to be plagued by leaks in recent years. A pitched-shifted version of an unreleased track, “Kid Cudi,” appeared on Spotify in April 2019 and racked up enough plays to go No. 1 on the U.S. Viral 50 chart. Back away from the leaks! Whole Lotta Red is coming this Friday.