Recording and performing under the alias Playboi Carti, he first came into prominence in 2015 with his song "Broke Boi". Initially a part of the Atlanta-based Awful Records label, he also performed at the fashion events such as Yeezy Season 5, VFiles and Raf Simons events, with artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and ASAP Rocky. In 2016, he was featured on ASAP Mob's debut studio album, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, on the tracks "London Town" and "Telephone Calls", which the latter was released as the second single from the album. Carti's eponymous debut mixtape, which features guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, ASAP Rocky, and Leven Kali, was released on April 14, 2017.
The self-titled release gained attention from various music publications, including XXL, Pitchfork, Spin, HotNewHipHop and PopMatters. XXL noted the track "Magnolia" as a standout cut, whereas Pitchfork critic Briana Younger thought that the release "finds a cloudy and economical mood and stays there, but it's Carti's magnetic confidence that turns just enough into plenty." The mixtape sold 28,051 units in its opening week. In accompaniment with the mixtape's release, Carti embarked a tour, which featured him as an opening act for Gucci Mane and Dreezy. For the end of 2017, Carti was featured on A$AP Mob's Cozy Tapes 2: Too Cozy, A$AP Ferg's Still Striving, and NAV's Perfect Timing. Carti was meanwhile working on his debut album, Die Lit, which would be released on May 11, 2018. Die Lit was an album that released mixed reviews, but fans of Carti enjoyed the album. Die Lit includes notable tracks such as "Shoota", "Foreign", "Choppa Won't Miss", "Mileage", and "Poke it Out." This album included features from artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Nicki Minaj, Chief Keef, Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Bryson Tiller. Since the release of Die Lit, Playboi Carti has embarked on his own tour, while featuring on songs such as "Uh Uh" on Chief Keef's Mansion Musick and "Get Dripped" on Lil Yachty's Nuthin 2 Prove.
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