Artist Profile – Curren$y

“One for the money, yes sir, two for the show
But I ain’t steppin on the stage until they count up all my cash flow
Oh man, then your man’s going Twilight Zone
Want to be left along, again at home”

This is a little bit overdue, but at the same time, I wasn’t exactly feeling him for a while before I actually got into him, and it’s crazy how it took me a while to really get into him, but there was a lot of hype around him, and personally, I didn’t want to feel like a supreme bandwagonner, so I decided to take a step back, and when the coast was clear, I took another shot at him.

First time I listened to Curren$y, I thought he was from California. No question, no debate, all 100% fact. But, nope, turns out he’s from New Orleans, Louisiana, same place that gave us Lil Wayne, Master P, etc. But, he sounds NOTHING like them, so of course it was hard to really understand that at first. Also, the other reason why I thought he was from Cali, he talks about weed in about 90% of his tracks, that’s no word of a lie, and perhaps that was why I was kind of iffy on him in the first place. I don’t smoke weed on a regular basis (more like at all), so I was inclined to really go on about listening to him, because people said “you have to smoke to understand,” those were the same responses that I heard about Wiz. Mind you, I wasn’t always this receptive of hip hop, and the people who told me what to listen to, well, they knew more than me until I found my own ways, but of course that was a dumb statement, even though many will argue that the fact still remains that “you have to smoke weed to understand.” Miss me with that crap, because you can damn well understand what someone is talking about while they’re under the influence of marijuana. Cha.

But, I digress, the first thing I listened to was Verde Terrace. It took me a couple of listens to get into his flow. He’s got a nice flow; it’s smooth, it’s chillin, and it’s one that can be easily manipulated (and has been by many rappers coming out; Smoke DZA, The 6th Letter, just to name a couple). I eventually got into that, but I was hearing so much about Couvert Coup and how it was one of the best albums of last year, so I said “self, let me give this a try.” Now, there were a lot of good albums that came out in 2011, but I can’t lie, Couvert Coup was nice as hell. The Alchemist is one of the more respected producers in hip hop, and Curren$y did it justice. I think from there, I became a fan of his, but I wasn’t going to be (and still don’t plan on being) one of those deranged people screaming “JETS, FOO” or “JET LIFE” all over the damn place. Listen, I have my obligations and loyalties to the groups & rappers that I stan support, so I can only do so much, but if you’ve noticed (if you read the blog on a regular basis), I’ve been posting more of Curren$y’s projects as he drops them, and it’s surprising that a lot of people are still just finding out about him. He’s underrated, that’s for sure. A lot of people associate him with Wiz Khalifa, because of they’re collaboration mixtape that they had that really brought a wave of people to his attention, but one line that Kanye West said about Wiz in ‘Illest Motherfucker Alive’ was “you in line behind Currensy, yeah, you after money,” and damn it, it’s true. Curren$y is better. He may not be one of the best lyricists in the game, but he’s far from trash. I’m glad that I opened my ears and gave him a fair shot, because he does make good music. So, take it from me, if you’ve never heard of him, Listen/Download his stuff, and you may just become a fan too.

These are the mixtapes/albums I’ve heard, but he has way more that you can find, so I’ll just share what I have. Enjoy

Couvert Coup

Verde Terrace

Smokee Robinson

Here (EP)

Muscle Car Chronicles

That’s My Word & It STiXX

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