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."
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.