• 03Jun

    Curren$y: Paying Off Handsomely

    First things first.

    It would be easy for the shallow listener to dismiss Curren$y as just another Southern rapper yapping about money, cars, clothes and hoes. It would be easy for the uninformed to pigeonhole Curren$y and say he sounds like Lil Wayne. There’s a long history of Southern prejudice in Hip-Hop. We’ve all heard the expressions:

    “Southern rappers can’t rap.”

    “They all talk about the same things.”

    “They all sound simple.”

    “They’re music doesn’t bring anything new to the game.”

    “Why are Southern rappers getting so much shine when there’s some many more talented MCs out here?”

    Fortunately, perception doesn’t always equal reality. The truth is, our Southern Hip-Hop brethren have proven repeatedly that dope flows, relevant content, impressive lyricism and entrepreneurship exists in the “Dirty Dirty” just as it does any other region.

    Curren$y is no exception.

    Since 2000, he’s been grinding like it’s going out of style. Not only was he a member of No Limit’s 504 Boyz and Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint (appearing on the heralded Dedication 1 and 2 mixtape series), but his 2008 mixtape campaign (in which he released a staggering six mixtapes in twelve months) garnered enough attention to secure his spot on XXL’s vaulted Freshmen 10 of 2009 issue. His debut album, This Ain’t No Mixtape earned a significant internet buzz, catching the eye of Dame Dash who featured the Hot Spitta as part of his newest venture, CreativeControl.tv, and inked him to Roca-Fella-Records.

    Curren$y’s flow and wordplay are not to be taken for granted. There are definitely some double-take, “let-me-rewind-that-to make-sure-he-really-just-said-that” moments on tracks like “Regan Era” or the Mos Def produced, “Breakfast” or “I’m Just Dope”.

    A quick trip through Curren$y’s MySpace page reveals more about his lyrical capabilities. Many of the beats are really laid back to complement the southern drawl that wraps itself around his wordplay. Underneath it all lies an MC that’s tenacious yet deceptively subdued, confident yet still with something to prove. A perfect example is “Wave Race” with its smoothed-out saxophone. But just listen to Curren$y’s words on the chorus: “Try our best to never let this bullshit become us/We the Jets/Nigga, only God is above us/fuck being next, my main concern is being current…” Jump back over to YouTube and you can see similar tendencies in the previously mentioned “Breakfast” freestyle: “Fly in the hive/buzzin/Them bugs can’t be him/Illegible letters in my ledger/They can’t read ‘em”.

    Another joint that might catch you with a left hook is “Life Under The Scope”, where Curren$y gives his take on rap life and the media kicking “Life under the scope/I gotta stay fresh/They just wanna see you fallin/The only reason the cameras out when you walkin/The only reason they listenin when you talkin”. But my personal favorite has to be “The Pledge” from Jet Files. It’s only a little over two minutes long, but is yet another able display of the lyricism that one could miss if they don’t give the song its proper listen.

    Curren$y is no newcomer. He’s been making a lane for himself since the beginning of the millennium and has worked with (arguably) some of the most influential people ever. It’s good to see a talented MC that has put in so much work and made the right moves finally start getting his due. His consistency and willingness to just be himself and rep his hometown is paying off handsomely for Curren$y.

    And his live show is worth the price of admission. You’ll see…

    Curren$y will be performing at the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. For more info, visit myspace.com/flyspitta, twitter.com/currency_spitta and, www.bkhiphopfestival.com/artists_currensy

    PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE 2010 BHF HERE

Discussion 9 Responses

  1. June 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    this nigga is wack

  2. June 25, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This guy is a breath of fresh air to hip hop he has a gritty sound that’s perfect for the shit that’s going on Right now. Imma mos def be at Brooklyn hip hop fest this year

  3. June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

    open mic
    would be readily available to anyone

    that is hip hop is the Custodian for the mic and turntables
    2010
    sperMs AD$4

  4. June 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

    open mic
    would be readily available to anyone

    that is hip hop is the Custodian for the mic and turntables
    2010
    sperMs AD4

  5. July 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

    [...] Curren$y Spitta also came through with tracks from his new LP — Pilot Talk — that dropped on his self-made label, JETS. As I’ve said before, Curren$y isn’t a rapper, he’s a mood. Setting an aura, making music mostly for the smokers, he causes his fans to zone out with usually the faint smell of smolder in the air. Having just experienced his live show at SOB’s during BIG K.R.I.T.’s Def Jam Signing Party, I can definitely say he had way more energy. Perhaps this is due to his album drop on July 13th? Yeah, indubitably. [...]

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  7. September 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Your MC is African American and currently
    Jewish Week and Jacob Javitz
    along with Mayor of New York City
    Micheal Bloomberg
    is paying for young black african american artists to make films on any theme for the State Department.

    Hip hop is currently$ ICP

  8. November 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    [...] Curren$y Spitta also came through with tracks from his new LP — Pilot Talk — that dropped on his self-made label, JETS. As I’ve said before, Curren$y isn’t a rapper, he’s a mood. Setting an aura, making music mostly for the smokers, he causes his fans to zone out with usually the faint smell of smolder in the air.Having just experienced his live show at SOB’s during BIG K.R.I.T.’s Def Jam Signing Party, I can definitely say he had way more energy. Perhaps this is due to his album drop on July 13th? Yeah, indubitably. [...]

  9. April 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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