The History of Playboi Carti's Baby Voice
Playboi Carti keeps using a high-pitched flow: the baby voice. Beginning with the earliest stages in its evolution, this is a brief history of Baby Voice Carti.
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Since Playboi Carti emerged with buzzing songs like "Broke Boi" and "Fetti," his style and persona has evolved in unpredictably wonderful ways. Whether it's his new blonde hair, his surprising guest feature on Solange's "Almeda," or his online typing style that reads like a cooler version of your old AIM away message, he finds ways to keep us guessing.
Carti's latest trick might be his best to date: Baby Voice Carti. Every time he does this, he leaves his normal vocal range and enters into a higher pitched flow that can only really be described as a "baby voice."
Naturally, Baby Voice Carti has been met with mixed feelings. The uncultured among us have written it off as "trash," but others marvel at its originality. The flow's polarizing nature ensures that whenever Carti does break out the baby voice, it's going to cause discussion (and memes).
So, where did the flow come from? It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that Baby Voice Carti was born, but if you dig back into his catalog, you'll see he's been playing around with variations of the flow for years. By 2019, we've reached the point that Carti goes viral every time he uses it, so it's time to look back at the origins of the baby voice. This isn't an exhaustive list of every instance he's ever used the flow, but it will give you a look at where it came from and where it might be heading next. Beginning with very early stages in its evolution, this is a brief history of Playboi Carti's baby voice.