The FADER announces Playboi Carti as the final cover star for the Summer Music issue. Senior editor at The FADER Ben Dandridge-Lemco met Playboi Carti in his hometown of Atlanta following Carti’s back-to-back weekends of Coachella performances and recording sessions with Metro Boomin in L.A.

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During the interview, Playboi Carti plays his highly anticipated forthcoming album Whole Lotta Red and discusses details including how he recorded much of it at his dining room table and created around 50 songs for the album. Carti says, ““I could be done if I wanted to. I’m just trying to top shit. I might make the hardest song ever tomorrow.””

He also discusses how Atlanta pushes him to make his best music, connecting and collaborating with Solange, his desire to distance himself from people and his time on the internet, as well as the decisions he’s made to help him become recognized as one of today’s biggest icons in the future of hip hop.

On his recent recording session with Metro Boomin:
“I got a whole ‘nother tape with this nigga. That’s why my head’s fucked up. This shit could go on my album, but if it goes on the album, then we gotta change the whole thing.”

On the talent in Atlanta:
“This is the home of the whole hip-hop. Niggas ain’t fucking with us on this music shit, and I ain’t just talking about me. I’m talking about the next nigga that we don’t even know about right now, making a song. He’s from Atlanta.”

On meeting his girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea:
“Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody. it was over with.”

Check out the cover story on The Fader now!