Curren$y – “Continuance” review

This is the 18th full-length album from New Orleans veteran Curren$y. Getting his start with No Limit Records as a later member of the 504 Boyz in 2002, he would then hop over to Young Money Entertainment & Cash Money Records in ‘06 before branched out a couple years later with his own label Jet Life Recordings. Since then, the man made a name for himself by dropping a handful of projects every single year with the latest being the Ski Beatz-produced 4th installment of the Pilot Talk series. However, he’s reuniting with The Alchemist for Continuance which I was actually fiendin’ for because Covert Coup & The Carrollton Heist have always been some of the standouts in Spitta’s ever-growing discography.

“Half Morning Moons” starts off the album on a spacious note telling this woman she can kick it with him as long as she can keep a secret whereas “Reese’s Cup” is a piano ballad taking aim at his competition. Boldy James tags along for the soulful “No Yacht” talking about having an acquired taste for the finer things leading into “Obsession” talking about his being infatuated by how much money he can make over a glossy boom bap beat.

Meanwhile on “Corvette Rally Stripes”, we have Havoc & Wiz Khalifa joining Spitta on top of a grim instrumental to flaunt just before the Styles P-assisted takes a more stripped back route as the 2 talk about what it all sounds like to them. “The Tonight Show” almost has this jazzy quality to proclaiming himself as a living legend, but then “Signature Move” goes into a hazier direction talking about getting everything he wants

Detroit’s very own Babyface Ray comes into the picture for the bluesy “Louis Baggage” speaking on reaching underground king status prior to “The Final Board” going full-blown rock turf talking about getting paid in full. The song “JoDeCi Tape” gets in his romantic bag over a synth-heavy beat while the penultimate track “Endurance Runners” with Larry June returning to jazz territory declaring themselves as such. “Kool & the Gang” ends the album with a touching tribute to his son.

For this to be Spitta’s way to kick off his 2022, it absolutely lived up to my expectations & I’ll even say it’s on the exact same caliber as it’s predecessors Covert Coup & The Carrollton Heist. Alchemist’s production is superb as to be expected, the features all come correct & the man himself sounds like he’s in element lyrically.

Score: 4.5/5

Curren$y – “Pilot Talk IV” review

Curren$y is a 40 year old rapper from New Orleans, Lousiana that first got his start with No Limit Records in 2002. He would then hop over to Young Money Entertainment & Cash Money Records in 2006, but eventually branched out in 2008 with his own label Jet Life Recordings. Since then, the man made a name for himself by dropping a handful of projects every single year with the latest being the Cash Fargo-produced Land, Air, Sea EP last month. However, Spitta’s celebrating Christmas Eve by dropping the 4th installment of his renown Pilot Talk series as his 17th full-length album & it’s only right for him to bring Ski Beatz back along for the ride.

“Big Game Fishing” is a pleasantly jazz boom bap opener paying tribute to his city & his homies who came up out of there whereas “Audio Dope 6” mixes these triumphant horns with some saxes talking about pledging to get the whole world high keeping the titular series going strong. “Non Fungible” takes a more spacious route to smoothly spit that braggadocio, but then “There It Is” has a tenser almost funkier sound challenging anyone to step to him bar for bar.

Meanwhile on “Workers & Bosses”, we have Spitta going back into cloud rap territory talking about wins turning into losses just as things start taking off leading into “The Scene” brings the saxes back in to chase away the bad vibes. “Memory Lane” is a soulful ballad with reflective lyricism while the string-laced “So Easy” factually talks about how it’s not hard to say you’re a g. The penultimate track “Under the Wings” slickly details stealing your girl with his Rolls Royce & finally, “Finger Roll” ends the album on a rap rock note telling all the clowns out there to wrap it up.

I hold the original Pilot Talk trilogy amongst the best material of Curren$y’s prolific career & this 4th installment definitely lived up to my expectations. Ski Beatz sticks to the jazz-influenced sounds of it’s predecessors & it’s still an incredibly great match for Spitta’s notoriously calm flow.

Score: 4/5

Curren$y – “Collection Agency” review

This is the 21st EP from New Orleans veteran Curren$y. Getting his start with No Limit Records in 2002, would then hop over to Young Money Entertainment & Cash Money Records in 2006 before branching out in 2008 with his own label Jet Life Recordings. He has made a name for himself by dropping a handful of projects every single year, the most recent being an EP trilogy with Harry Fraud that was released throughout the 2nd half of 2020. However 3 months later, we’re diving right into Collection Agency.

The EP starts out with “Kush Through the Sunroof”, where Spitta talks about being in an armored Mercedes over a bluesy trap beat from Trauma Tone. The next song “Smiled on Me” talks about his ancestors looking down on him from above over a glamorous instrumental from DJ Fresh while the track “Arrival” talks about pulling up stoned over a jazzy beat from Harry Fraud himself. The song “I Don’t Call” talks about the shit he has that never uses over a synth-laced trap instrumental from Purps while the track “Jermaine Dupri” boasts over a glossy beat.

The song “Closing Date” gets in his shit-talking bag over a smoked out instrumental while the track “Shout Out” with Larry June finds the 2 showing love to the real over a comatose beat. The song “Ferrari Engine” talks about leaving the block trembling over a stripped-back instrumental while the penultimate track “Above the Law” talks about how they don’t want a war over a soul sample provided by Rrsonist of The Heatmakerz. The EP finishes off with “Misty”, where Curren$y talks about how the Chevy’s on switches over a trap beat with some horns laced in.

It’s not one of my favorite projects Spitta has ever put out, but I do find Collection Agency to be an enjoyable EP for the most part. He still manages to do a good job at balancing quantity & quality as his flows are still silky smooth this deep into his career & his ear for production remains top notch.

Score: 3.5/5

Curren$y – “Hot August Nights” review

Curren$y is a renown 38 year old rapper from New Orleans, Lousiana that first got his start with No Limit Records in 2002. He would then hop over to Young Money Entertainment & Cash Money Records in 2006, but eventually branched out in 2008 with his own label Jet Life Recordings. Since then, the man made a name for himself by dropping a handful of projects every single year. The most recent being a collab album with California rapper Berner last July, but a little over month has passed and he‘s teaming up with Nard & B to entirely produce his 16th EP.

Things start off with “Must Admit”, where Spitta talks about being that dude over a cavernous beat. The next song “Eyes Closed” brags over a chilled out beat while the track “Caught Her Lookin’” gets charismatic over a somewhat tropical beat. The song “Know It” talks about being paid over a mellow beat while the track “Another Score” flaunts over an atmospheric beat. The song “Never Had” talks about people who act like he’s always been broke over a cloudy beat & then the EP finishes with “Right Now”, where Spitta tells the differences between himself & his competition about over a spacious beat.

It’s not as good as Gran Turismo, but this is still solid. Nard & B go to show that they’re one of the most underrated producers in the mainstream right now as Spitta sounds charming as ever.

Score: 3.5/5

Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs – “FETTI” review

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Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs are 2 MCs in their late 30s with similar upbringings in their careers. Spitta was signed to No Limit Records & Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records throughout the 2000s while Freddie was signed to Interscope & CTE World/Def Jam in the late 2000s/early 2010s. Neither of them put out a full-length album on any of those labels, as it wouldn’t be until they found their success as independent artists. The 2 have been teasing a collab EP all year & for Halloween, they’ve decided to put it out with the legendary Alchemist producing it in it’s entirety.

The opener “Location Remote” sees the 2 getting boastful over a sinister beat & the next track “The Blow” of course talks about drug dealing over some bass playing, but the hook is pretty awkward. The song “New Thangs” is a return to the boastful bars over some luscious keyboards & even though the track “Saturday Night Special” has spacey instrumental, Spitta & Gangsta Gibbs are talking about 2 separate things. Curren$y is going at the people copying his style while Freddie talking about putting his mob over everything & later a sexual encounter.

The song “Now & Later Gators” is a Freddie solo cut that humorously indulges into old school R&B & the track “No Window Tints” is a Curren$y solo cut vividly going into the mind of a drug dealer over a sinister instrumental. The song “Willie Lloyd” is another Freddie solo cut, this time delivering more serious & gritty street bars over a suiting instrumental while the penultimate track “Tapatio” sees him reuniting with Spitta to talk about warrants being put out on them over a relaxing & almost tropical instrumental. The EP then finishes with “Bundy & Sincere”, where the 2 make a heartfelt tribute to Mac Miller over a smooth instrumental.

After being teased all year, this was well worth it. The Alchemist’s production is a little bit jazzier & he compliments the yin & yang chemistry between Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs near perfectly. If you wanna hear 2 independent vets form like Voltron, then give this a listen.

Score: 4/5