It was close to midnight in Paradise, Nevada. Mike Tyson had defeated Bruce Seldon in a heavyweight championship and crowds of fans streamed out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena onto the Las Vegas strip. Among them was hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur, who, moments later, was fatally shot in a drive-by. After six days of intensive care in hospital, Tupac was pronounced dead on September 13th, 1996. On the same day in Atlanta, Georgia, Jordan Carter was born.
Growing up in Atlanta’s experimental DIY scene, the young Carter would make the trek out to the studio every day after school, using music to stay out of trouble in a city that presented few options. His efforts did not go unnoticed—while remaining relatively elusive, he found success off the strength of his SoundCloud singles, and quickly gained an online following under the name Playboi Carti. Now, with first album out on Interscope, his rise feels predestined.