According to the 22-year-old, who is currently preparing the release of his next full-length, Whole Lotta Red, his success is tied to his roots in Atlanta—the current hotbed of hip-hop talent.
"This is the home of the whole hip-hop," he told The FADER senior editor Ben Dandridge-Lemco. "N****s ain’t fucking with us on this music shit, and I ain’t just talking about me. I’m talking about the next n***a that we don’t even know about right now, making a song. He’s from Atlanta."
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As DJBooth's own Yoh wrote in 2017, "Atlanta is the city where the impossible is proven wrong. It all begins with having something to say."
Though it's unclear who isn't "fucking with [Atlanta]," Carti is absolutely right in that, as we currently understand it in the mainstream, the city houses the heart of hip-hop. From trap crooners (Future) to innovators (Migos), your favorite rap song has a good chance of being born in the ATL.