Curren$y
Money in the Bank

currensy.jpgHaving the co-sign of the self-proclaimed best rapper alive should be more than enough to propel any artist’s career, but if only it were that easy. Curren$y, the first act signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label through Cash Money Records, understands the challenges that await him. Hailing from the suburbs of New Orleans, Da Hot Spitta is a brash young lyricist following in the footsteps of his brother and former 504 Boyz member, Mr. Marcelo. Through Marcelo’s affiliation with No Limit Records, Curren$y befriended C-Murder and eventually signed to his TRU Records imprint. But due to C’s constant run-ins with the law, which culminated in a 25-to-life prison sentence for murder, Curren$y gave up on hip-hop, shifting his focus to skateboarding and fashion design. A chance meeting with Lil Wayne at a New Orleans Hornets basketball game in 2005 would steer him back to rap. The two actually attended elementary school together and Wayne was shocked to hear his former classmate had quit rappin’. Familiar with Curren$y’s work with No Limit, Birdman Jr. suggested he reconsider retirement. It wasn’t long before the N’awlins natives were in the studio together recording music and Wayne offered Curren$y a deal. Since then, he’s built a modest buzz through appearances on Wayne’s mixtapes, including Dedication 2, which spawned the regional hit, “Where Da Cash At.” His industry stock rose even further after his guest spot on “Grown Man” off Wayne’s critically acclaimed Tha Carter II. Currently embarking on the Street Dreams Tour with Wayne, Young Jeezy, Jim Jones and Rich Boy, Curren$y is busy preparing for the summer release of his debut album, Music To Fly To. XXLMag.com caught up with Curren$y during a tour break to discuss his budding career, debut disc and his Fly Society movement.

Your single, “Where Da Cash At,” was getting a lot of radio play in the South. Why haven’t we seen any follow up support?
We just shot that video because we had money to burn. “Where Da Cash At” was a buzz single, so it did what it was supposed to do. It’s got you talking to me, don’t it? [Laughs] My album, Music To Fly To, is coming out this summer, so I will have an even bigger single out by then. I’m doing what the people want from me. I don’t want to be one of those artists [who] makes a great mixtape, but then your album is just okay. It’s going to be self-contained, too. So of course it has me, Wayne, Mack Maine and Boo [of Boo & Gotti fame], who is back with us now. Then I have All-Star, Jody Breeze, Fiend and C-Murder on there as well.

You’re signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, but this Fly Society logo keeps popping up. What exactly is that?
Fly Society was originally a clothing line—bandanas and skate shit. But now I’m doing a skate team and working on opening up a sneaker boutique. I’m also setting up a label with [pro skater] Terry Kennedy under the Fly Society name.

A lot of artists that used to be associated with Cash Money left due to alleged shady business tactics. What’s your experience been like so far?
I’ve never had a check bounce and I got four cars with no album out. I’m alright. My business is straight. I know the business from dealing with different labels during my career. Plus, the Lord is my lawyer, and that’s the best one you can have.

How different has this deal been to your time at No Limit? It seems like with both situations you joined after their pinnacles.
They’re similar in that they were both major deals, but this Young Money/Cash Money situation is more about me. When I was on No Limit I didn’t have any buzz or anything. As far as the timing, I don’t feel like that because the breadwinner for the label [Lil Wayne] is the No. 1 rapper on the planet right now. He brought me in because he thinks I’m dope, so I see [myself] being just as visible as him.

How do you feel about Baby and Wayne’s relationship? Has it made people look at you sideways since you’re associated with them?
Nah, because all that stuff was blown out of proportion. It was before my time there. I know shit from sugar. I know it ain’t like people make it out to be.

Your style borrows a lot from the skater culture. How’d you get into skateboarding?
I’ve been skating off and on since I was young. My mom had a house in the ’burbs while my brother got me grounded in the streets. I fell back from skating and started rapping. Then I stopped rapping and I wanted to skate. I still don’t skate as much as I’d like to because bustin’ my ass and breaking bones would not be wise for me, since I’m rapping and touring. Plus, without the rap shit, I’m just a government name. I have to do this first. Yeah, I have a great personality, but nobody knows me yet and this rap thing will change that. But I’m trying to open a skate park in New Orleans up with Terry Kennedy.

How do you feel about the growing relationship between skating and hip-hop?
It was getting out of hand for a minute. Just like everybody wants to rap, all of a sudden everybody was a skater. I had a lot of posers trying to get down with me, but a lot of them have fallen back. It’s not as trendy as it was one to two years ago, so it’s getting back to how it ought to be. I get less MySpace friend requests with people holding up skateboards now. [Laughs]

What’s your take on the current crack down on what’s deemed appropriate to say in hip-hop?
Due to the fact that I say what I want, when I want, I have to respect what they say. They have a right to voice their opinions, just like I have a right to voice mines. I just don’t agree with them trying to stop people from eating. The minute they stop me from eating, that’s when I’ll have a problem. Everybody wants someone to blame something on, and right now, rap is it.

How do you feel about balance of content or lack thereof in hip-hop right now?
That’s partially our fault because we’re not incorporating [older] music into our stuff. On my mixtape, I’m using old soul records to rap on because I don’t want people to forget about the music that was coming out before hip-hop. That’s why you’ll hear me rapping on James Brown loops. When cats my age and younger, who don’t know anything about James Brown, hear me rapping on it, hopefully it will make people want to go back and find older music and learn to appreciate it.

  • hah

    first!

  • rich nigga

    1st

  • rich nigga

    hot shit cant wait 4 the album

  • rich nigga

    hot shit cant wait 4 the album

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    THIS LIL NIGGA CAN SPIT!!! GOOD ARTICLE AND HE’S RIGHT ABOUT THESE YOUNG CATS THAT DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT JAMES BROWN. I THINK EVERY1 SHOULD GO COP HIS SHIT. I BUMP ALL THAT OLD SHIT N MY CRIB.

  • See Dat

    “Music to Fly To” is going to be the shit

  • $NoWmAn

    1st bitches…dat nigga cnt rap

  • gene thornton

    weezy’s ghostwriter maybe?

  • deshon2004

    young money in the building…shot out to my nigga TK all day.. Free Lon and my nigga Dezmon

  • Marlon (frum Kanada)

    Curren$y is an ill rapper, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he’s the one writtin’ Wayne’s raps now that Gilles out of th CM circle??? Hmmmmmmm!!!
    I’m jus’ sayin’!
    Mar$

  • The Kanadian

    Snowman is stuck on stupid, when will people grow out of that 1st $#!t!
    Grow up! Rap Nerds! First is wigidy Wack!
    Mar$

  • pavlov’s dawg

    yo … curren$y … does spit hot!! … I like the dudes’ raps … he’s just himself no “bricks in the truck on the way back from FL” flyde’n ass raps … imma cop

  • i’ll shit bag u

    what the fuck is it wit u bitches and that im first shit? fuckin homos!!!

  • crack

    I can honestly say that this guy is THE WORST rapper out. him and lil boosie

  • Rodjilius

    currensy is nice good thing i read this now im definately gettin the album

  • Funk

    Currency the hot spitta will be on fire shortly.. just watch his on tha bus shit.. him and Wayne are on top

  • Danny

    Yea Curre$$y is a pretty wack lyricist, but he still manages to make good music every once in a while…

    Young Money/Dipset Ya better beleive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ya dig??

  • http://www.myspace.com/bulldog2 killa k

    no way .. Currency is on fire at the moment

  • http://www.xxlmag.com gorilladre

    curren$y is that dude stop tha hate

  • gorilladre

    this nigga is wack

  • Ziggy

    who the fuck listens to james brown…ok dade you old man…what are you my grandfather..dis new money dade time to retire…fuckin james brown..much love for james but you still listen to dat …where youfrom da burbs….lol …sex drugs an money baby….james brown…lol

  • LDotO

    Waz Good

    Myspace.com/vamusic757

    Curren$sy BitcheZzZz

  • A12

    hey ziggy, you sound like a jackass you must about 12.

  • Ziggy

    actually im 20 you fagget…..if one ma street niggas caught someone listenin to james brown youd get the shit smacked outta you…you probably touch your fuckin slef to jame brown..probably wanna fuck his corpse your such a didler a12….

  • john cochran

    He seems genuine with the skate shit, but I hope he doesnt plan to exploit it like that colorful hoodie rockin producer we know. His flow doesnt really impress me, but we’ll see. His album may have a couple nice tracks on it.

  • Zoe Pound we dont play

    ziggy…u hear dat?….ya moms been callin u for da last 10 minutes…time to get off the computer…and stop sayin nigga…wigga

  • a12

    Ziggy Says:

    May 23rd, 2007 at 3:00 pm
    actually im 20 you fagget…..if one ma street niggas caught someone listenin to james brown youd get the shit smacked outta you…

    ma street niggas??? yeah, i guess you hang with a bunch of homosexuals doing dumb shit all day.

  • HollyHood

    he’s cool!! he aint super dope or he aint nobody im dying 2 hear but he’s solid!!!!

  • john cochran

    Ziggy, you a fuckin idiot. How can you diss the godfather when countless classics have been made from his music. Technically, he created hiphop you dumb fuck. We the same age but you sound like you prolly slow or somethin.

  • able was i saw elba

    hey, i happened to meet currency at the street dreams tour in new orleans..dude is a pretty laid back guy, even if people dont think he a good rapper.dude still cool…AT LEAST HE AINT TRYIN TO BEEF WITH ANYBODY JUST TO GET HIS NAME OUT

  • Ezmoney

    Cash Money/Young Money Music to fly to will b tha shit

  • J Millz

    Baby gonna try to fuck him over, “the lord is my lawyer”…yeah, the lord was everybody elses lawyer to…

  • DarrylJF225

    ^^^ funny lol but 2 bad he under young money n wayne runnin it so weezy wont fuck over curren$y

  • runninthe617

    sick

  • http://www.sohh.com Don of the Trap

    what up……dats my nigga right there, do ya thang currency i gald that you not on that”i use to trap but now i rap” shit but you show them that the south has hip-hop(him and wanye murked that Jay-Z beat…life at 30,000 feet go get the mixtape) anyway Trap nigga out. Y’all make songs….i live’em

  • http://www.myspace.com/thaanswermikeyd Dip Set City

    Curren$y can really flow. Thats an album I’d actually buy (which are few and far between)

  • Ziggy

    YO JON COCKRAN I THINK YOU THE SLOW ONE HOMEBOY……NOT ONCE DID I SAY FUCK JAMES BROWN…..SO WHERE YOU GET OFF SAYIN HE MADE THIS SHIT HE MADE THAT SHIT….NO FUCK I KNOW WHAT THE NIGGA MADE…..SO WHY DONT YOU CHECK YO STATS BEFO YOU RUN YO FUCKIN MOUTH LIL ONE….ALL I SAID WAS TO DADE IS THAT HE STILL LISTEN TO DAT SHIT…..IT 07 NOW BABY I AINT CATCH NO REAL NIGGAS BANGIN TO JAMES BROWN NO MO….SEEMS YOU MUST BE FROM THE BURBS TOO LOL….AN A1 YOU AINT EVEN WORTH ANOTHER COMMENT CHECK YA BOY HOLLA…

  • facescar

    Good read

  • orangejuicejones

    Ziggy, I think yo “street niggas” would smack the shit out of you for calling someone a “didler”. The fuck kinda shit is that for a black man to be sayin? Stop it with the Seinfeld episodes and respect a real mufucka like James Brown.

  • beeyo

    Hell yeah, sex drugs and money. Tha fuck you think the Godfather did his whole career, sit in a room and read when he wasn’t recording? Man shut the FUCK up, please.
    Ummm, Where Da Cash At sucked . But I like this guy, he’s talking like an intelligent young black man is posed to talk. But, he is from the burbs. Why can’t a hood nigga come out talkin like this? I heard the boy Plies is real knowledgeable, I hate his fuckin voice but his bars is good money.

  • beeyo

    WHY THE FUCK IS HE THROWING UP GANG SIGNS???!?!?
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH fuck, I almost liked him.

  • Steel City Soldier

    This cat Ziggy is a jackass! I’m thirty years old so I remember the old school that my parents listened to back in the day. If you knew how much music u liked came from oldies you would change your tune. I could name two or three hundred songs of the top of my head that have samples from songs that were made before your young stupid ass was born! Dumb ass nigga! You need to learn about your roots boy!!!

  • RealTalkFromARealNigga

    i dont have much input this time, except that ziggy is trippin and he talkin crazy, but mainstream america thinks we all conduct business like ziggy, and what da hell is “my street niggas”, where da money at, get off the corner ziggy lol

  • Marc

    First off, I lived in New Orleans for 21 years and we don’t have suburbs. His mother had a house in New Orleans East, which is under middle class to be honest and this was after his brother made a record and had some exposure. Curren$y may not be the hardest nigga, but he does have some street cred, any nigga from New Orleans has some street cred. It’s not your average Southern city, check the murder rate. No, Curren$y is not a thug, but he’s well rounded and stays true to himself. Thats the true example of a Gangsta(A honest nigga). And this nigga can really rap. His subject matter on the mixtapes are cliche, but he stays on subject and make hot shit. Just be open minded when the album drops.

  • http://MRCassidyyahoo.com DR. OJ+aBlunt

    Currency stay droppin on dope samples n loops, i fucks wit that shit jus like errbody in about a year
    yung money muhfucka!

  • Ziggy

    YOU 30 YEAR OLD HOMO …..GO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS….GO TAKE EM TO BUY SOME ICE CREAM O SOMETHIN AN GET THE FUCK OFF XXL…I DONT GIVE TWO FUCKS WHAT YOU NIGGAS LISTEN TOO….YALL NIGGAS GO PUMP YA MA FUCKIN JAMES BROWN ALL YA WANT…..NIGGAS PROBABLY GOT A GAY LIL DOG YALL DRESS UP WITH PINK BOWS AN SHIT WEARIN FAGGET …CHANNELLE GLASS” PUMPIN JAMES BROWN DRIVIN A FUCKIN MIATA …..YALL NIGGAS IS TOOLS…..CONDUCT BIZNESS LIKE ME NIGGA…I GOT MY OWN COMPANY IN DA YELLOWPAGES CHECK YO STATS NIGGA….YALL NIGGAS WISH YOU THIS FLY YOUNG AN FLASHY….OLD ASS MA FUCKIN JAMES BROWN NIGGAS….GO RETIRE

  • ridda

    Ziggy u fuckin lamer, from what u speak i can get that u dont have any idea about hip-hop. How can u diss Brown??? Thanks to him we got many great songs we now consider classics. U R an idiot GO FUCK YOURSELF!

  • SUPREME BLACKMAN

    ZIGGY YOU ARE AN IGNORANT ASS! NIGGA JUST BECAUSE YOUR ASS IS YOUNG YOU THINK YOU ARE IMMORTAL. I BET THERE’S AN OLDER CAT THAT RUN THE STREETS A BIG TIME JAMES BROWN FAN AND A REAL OG. I BET YOU WANT SAY THAT SHIT AROUND SOME OLDER KATS IN THE STREETS OR BETTER YET SAY TO YOUR UNCLES, FATHER, OR GRANDFATHER YOU DUMB CUNT! YOU NEED TO READ MORE AND STOP LISTENING TO ALL THE RAP SHIT THAT GOT YOUR MIND SCREWED UP. I BET YOU CAN’T NAME A BOOK YOU’VE READ OF ANY RELEVANCE AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT XXL, BLACKTAIL, VIBE, ETC ETC. YOU PROBABLY THING YOU CAN MAKE A CAREER OUT OF SELLING DOPE TOO AFTER WATCHING SCARFACE.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Young One

    yall lame azz niggaz need 2 stop hatin on my nigga cuz YALL ALL KNO HE CAN SPIT get it right

  • O-City

    Once again we got the same niggas hating…You niggas know what it is YOUNG MONEY$$ CASH MONEY$$ 405 Stand up.

  • Ziggy

    ALL YALL DUMB MA FUCKIN NIGGAS NEED TO CHECK YO FUCKIN STATS AN SAYIN I DISSED JAMES….NOT ONCE DID I SAY FUCK JAMES BROWN SO LETS GET THAT STARIGHT YALL HATIN ASS NIGGAS….AN YO SUPREME BLACKASS NEWSFLASH NIGGA I RUN THE FUCKIN STREETS BOI AINT NO JAMES BROWN O.G LOVIN NIGGAS RUNNIN SHIT DOWN ERE…MAKE A CAREER SELLIN DOPE LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT NIGGA CATH ME UP AT THE CLUB SELLIN SOMETHIN ELSE NIGGA SMELL ME….

  • Ziggy

    THE FUCK IS THIS PAGE THE JUMP ON ZIGGYS DICK PAGE…ALL YALL NIGGAS IS STRAIGHT HOMOTHUGS ….NEED TO STOP THE HATE GO MAKE YO CAKE NIGGA….YALL NIGGAS MAKE ME LAUGH

  • Ziggy

    AND ONE LAST THING SUPREME….STOP LISTEN TO DA SHIT DAT MY MIND FUCKED UP…..SO DA FUCK YOU LISTEN TO NOW ADAYS NIGGA FUCKIN COMMON AND MOS DEF ALL DAY NIGGA….I MEAN MOS DO HIS THANG AINT NO HATIN BUT THE FUCK YOU NIGGAS LISTEN TO …THE FUCK YOU DOIN ON ERE CAUSE I AINT SEEIN NO FUCKIN COMMON TOO MUCH NIGGA ….

  • whatnow

    i’d have to say im with ziggy on this one…..yall just ridin his dick on this fuckin page but i dont think you know it…….you just look at all the comments and get angry and all frustrated like every other loser here……this ALL started with dade fag sayin he bump old shit all day in his crib………you dont see ppl walkin around with record players n e more DO YOU?????? NO……and hes right not once did he say fuck brown or hes garbage…..he said who the fuck is caught up in the past????????? its 07 baby get with it……….so stop talkin all the he said “fuck james” and political bullshit mumbling and get with our times….things change

  • makaveli_707

    Ziggy is Gay so everyone who has a problem with him don’t beat him up if you see him because he’s also a full time snitch and he will tell the cops you beat him up for being gay instead of why you really whipped his ass for being another myspace/internet homo thug who I’m willing to bet is bumpin some fuckin young joc,or jim jones right now.

  • big tony

    one quote “god is my lawyer”? ok….good luck..hot single..never came out? skate boarding? cash moneyrecords? the world is ending…. baby fuked manny fresh out of millions and he wants the world to think that they are not gonna do it to him? maybe its a menage a trios goin on baby kissin wayne and currensy…this is bullshit!

  • wtf??!

    ahahaha gay?? i think you shouldnt say shit about some1 if you dont relle now them,and i think ziggy has a point. fuck all you little faggot pussy haters,brush yo shoulder off ziggy

  • Ziggy

    YO MAK SO YOU FIN TO JUMP ON MA DICK TO HUH B……NOW THAT SUM HOMOTHUG SHHIT RITE THER YOU GOIN ROUND SAYIN IM A SNITCH….MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE THA BITCH HOMEBOY…..FIRST OF ALL YOU AINT EVEN KNOW WHERE I REP ANYWAYS SO HOW YOU GON GO ROUND SAyIN IM A SNITCH…? ALL THE SNITCH TALK I THINK YOU THE SNITCH NIGGA…..I THINK YOU MUST BE BORDER LINE RETARTED OR SUMTHIN NIGGA…AN DONT CALL ME GAY CAUSE MY CLOTHES COST MO THAN YOS AN THEY DESIGNER CLOTHERS NIGGA DONT HATE CAUSE YOU BUY YO SHIT AT WAlLMART NIGGA…

  • hah

    hahah u gotta get these pigeons off yo dick ziggy…….all u fuckin wankers here on xxl trippin on ziggy is wack…..not once did he say fuck james….and i think he fuckin gets that brown helped make countless classics….yeah we know…..so shut the fuck up….like ma boi ziggy said down ere u aint find no1 pumpin james brown anymore……and this is for that fag REALTALKFROMAREALNIGGA….if thats gon be yo name on here then why you askin what a street nigga is?? and is you that stupid…..you fuckin thing anyone sellin somethin is gonna stand on the fuckin corner?????? get it right this aint the 70′s no more……and as for ORANGEJUICEJONES….i think you’d get smacked just for walkin around here…..dont say shit if you dont know what the situation is…tell em where you rep ziggy 905 STAND UP…..holdin it down for my boi…….fuck u hatas

  • hah

    oh and one more thing for ZOE POUND WE DONT PLAY……..bet you dont even fuckin know what zoe pound is…….you jus heard that catchy line in 50′s song and just had to use it eh?

  • BOSA

    CATCH MY GIRL LEGS OPEN BETTA SMASH DAT DONT BE SUPRISED IF SHE ASK WHERE DA CAS AT!!!!!!!!!

  • BOSA

    what da fucc u talkin about dade county 305!!?
    keep it relevant u old fuckin shit!