Curren$y, My Sophomore Year

New Orleans native Curren$y has seen a lot. After running through deals with No Limit and Lil Wayne and Baby Birdman’s Young Money/Cash Money, the self-proclaimed Hot Spitta decided to do things on his own terms. In 2008, he hustled online with highly downloaded mixtapes like Independence Day and Higher Than 30,000 Feet. The buzz he created helped Curren$y earn a spot on XXL’s 2009 Freshmen cover (which dropped in December 2008). After the look, things began moving slow for Spitta, who went on to drop two digitally retailed albums with Amalgam (This Ain’t No Mixtape and Jet Files) in 2009, before hooking up with former Roc-A-Fella Co-CEO Damon Dash. Now, as part of Dame’s Creative Control/DD172 collective, Curren$y seems to be finally taking off!

XXLMag.com: Since being on XXL’s Freshmen cover, what has the past year and change been like for you?

Curren$y: I think I turned it up at the end. It got crazy at the end.

XXLMag.com: You did turn it up. What were the difficulties for you after the cover in the beginning?

Curren$y: I think once I started moving around a little bit more, I realized that I could do more for my city if I got out of it. I was trying to do everything from right there and that was closing off a lot of access to shit I needed to reach more people. So once I started moving around a little more, I made more connections and shit and I was able to get my hands on more of the shit I needed. Me spending more time in New York definitely turnt that shit up.

XXLMag.com: When did you decide that coming to New York would be a benefit for you?

Curren$y: I came out here like around September or October [2009], spending more time out here. Instantly I started seeing the effect of what I can do and the shit that I can get done as opposed to the amount of shit I get done when I shoot back to [New Orleans]. Once I noticed how much shit I was getting done in New York, I moved out here and started staying with my homeboy. Then once that shit started happening with Dame, I moved out here so I can be close to the Creative Control offices. Now I can shoot videos whenever I want to.

XXLMag.com: What exactly is your situation with Dame? Is there a contract involved?

Curren$y: Honestly, I don’t know outside of me how the business is run, as far as DD172, but [with] me and dude, there is no physical, no black or white, nothing on no paper. It’s just understood, nothing had to be said, so it’s been all good. That’s the same situation I tried to have anywhere I was. It’s never been no confusion, I always wanted to be on the real nigga standards: If I fuck with you, I fuck with you. So we got that understanding. I have companies, he has companies and I gave him percentages and shit. Like I got Jets International, I got this line I’m about to do with New Era and shit and he got like 10 percent of that shit. It’s just some homeboy shit. It’s crazy because it’s like I known him forever, but I haven’t. I’ve only known him for exactly how long you’ve seen me around him. But it’s just like it was understood. We both been through a zillion fuckin’ bumps and bruises in this game. At this point, it’s like fuck that shit, we just hustlin’.

XXLMag.com: You’ve been attached to both No Limit and Cash Money, so I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of things that you may not have liked businesswise.

Curren$y: Absolutely. I’m not upset about any of it. You’ve never heard me say nothing fucked up in no direction because all that shit was learning experiences that’s making me sharper right now.

XXLMag.com: Many speculated that Lil Wayne was throwing shots at you on the “Do’s and Don’t’s of Young Money” skit off Dedication 3. Why’d you choose not to respond?

Curren$y: There were some questionable statements on there. But for one, I didn’t hear my name. People in New Orleans were like; “I think dude was talking about you on Dedication 3.” I heard the shit and even as I’m hearing it I was like, Nah. The stats didn’t match me and then I’m like, That shit didn’t have nothing to do with me, so I didn’t give a fuck. And then I didn’t hear my name; I feel like if they had problems with me, they would say me.

XXLMag.com: That’s commendable, because even if it wasn’t about you, another rapper may have ceased that opportunity to create a bigger buzz.

Curren$y: They would’ve used that. That ain’t even my angle. Muthafuckas would love to have a feud with the biggest in the game. Niggas would’ve jumped off the bridge ASAP to go back and forth with that nigga. I’m straight; I got a whole bag of light bulbs. I got my own light.

XXLMag.com: You’ve collaborated a lot with Wiz Khalifa, how did it feel to see him on the 2010 XXL Freshman cover?

Curren$y: [Laughs]. My brother on that cover. That’s tight. That’s some real shit, that made my shit that much tighter. That’s my dawg, so that’s some shit that we both did that other muthafuckas ain’t do.

XXLMag.com: What’s the chemistry like between you and Wiz?

Curren$y: We just met. We hadn’t ever physically dapped each other until we were like three songs deep into How Fly. We put the tape out in August, we started working in May, so I met him like in May [2009] and we kicked it. After we got like two ounces of weed in, we were like 100.

XXLMag.com: Pictures of you wearing the Roc-A-Fella chain recently surfaced on the Internet. How did that come about?

Curren$y: When I let Dame hear “Vision” off of Smokee Robinson and in the midst of me talking about shooting a video for the shit, dude was just like, “Man.” And he gave me the rose gold chain, but that was just for the video. So I gave it back to him and he was like, “Nah. I want you to have that because this is some real nigga shit.” So I just wear it for him, just off the strength and that’s the big homie. That’s some shit that he put together, regardless of what happened, we know what hand he played in that shit. And we know what hand that played in our lives. Everybody was a fan of Roc-A-Fella. And dude put that together. So I wear that just on the strength to let niggas know that I fuck with homie.

XXLMag.com: What’s the next project we can expect for you?

Curren$y: I’m putting Pilot Talk out. Right now it’s slated for March 23, but the mechanics of the manufacturing might delay it by a week or two. I’m not sure. It was produced by Ski Beats entirely, except for one track, “Prioritize,” which was produced by Nebsy Phelps.

XXLMag.com: How you are you going to put this out?

Curren$y: It’s going to be for sale and not just digital. This will be physical retail for people to go and pick it up in the stores. It’s going to be a Jets International/Blue Roc project. [Blue Roc] is Dame’s new imprint. —Rob Markman

  • kasiology

    “B*tches wanna hold me in da morning like a coffee mug”……I always had faith in this dude since “where da cash at”. cant wait for the industry 2 fly wit the Jets…fool

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  • AV

    i been wonderin why da hot spitta aint had a bigger buzz. i been watchin for him and seen a little but im ready for him to take off. i bet he will with dame.

  • squadwildin

    JETS nigga…where havent we been yet. Fck boys is wondering if they bitch next

  • http://www.iblog126.com Napps126

    “Jets Nigga, Now where haven’t We Been”

  • The1987Kid

    I think the kid is is cool he got a good head on his shoulders, he aint petty cause he could have went in on Lil’ Wayne but he didnt fall for the trap & he got his mind right, With Dame Dash he can’t go nowhere but up I think he is one of the best young MC’s in the game right now he has his own style, he’s original like he is not trying to be like the standards of today’s southren rap which is Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy or Gucci Mane, he has a nice flow like water flow, his lyrics are on point & his technical skills are getting better everytime I hear him so I think he has a very bright future ahead of him…

  • harmen

    currensy is definitley proper!
    i hope he turns into a super star but i think he’ll be like this generations bun b — always good for a dope verse and can come through sell some records and put out hot songs or maybe even he could expand and be a star u never know i’ve been digging this guy since where the cash at
    and i dl’d most of those 6 mixtapes that he put out in a row… this aint no mixtape = HOT, how fly = HOT smokee robinson = HOT
    Fast times at ridgement fly = HOT, fin… = HOT, independence day
    this shows hes very consistent

  • http://twitter.com/theniktjones THENIKTJONES

    jets fool…retweet that

  • B. Flightyear

    b!tches know the plane’s guided

  • these posts are racist

    Currency,

    Get a contract. I don’t care if the deal is between you and your grandmother, get a lawyer and have some contracts drafted between you and the “big homey.” Here’s my email tpar.post@gmail.com, ill do it pro bono.

    • tstiffy

      The best advice you’ll ever get. Bol gives him a hard time, but TPAR seems like good people to me.

      The streets is lined with rappers trying to do it the real n***** way. You gotta do it the real sensible way.

      If you don’t, I ain’t putting no change in your cup outside the subway station in 5 years. Nice flow and a dap don’t hold up in court. Dame had contracts w/ Jay and still got played somehow. Learn from the vets.

      • these posts are racist

        Appreciate the love my brother. I’m actually shocked at his naivete…it’s insane to me that someone with his buzz does not have a well informed homey to let him know how necessary establishing your business relationships in writing are to a successful career. I like this guy…and love his flow, but with this type of business sense, (or lack thereof), he won’t make it out the gate…

        • http://www.bboycult.com Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

          Curren$y take heed brother!

          tpar is official, converse with the homie for a minute and put all of that jargon in writing fam you will feel better later on!

        • these posts are racist

          Now that i think about it…my concern is that you (Currency) are in a contract and don’t know it…I highly doubt a seasoned cat like Dame would not lock you in to something. Business is business brother…get all your signed documents reviewed by a lawyer. Again, i offer my services.

  • Sincere

    JETS FOOL……… paper planes and champagne

  • HomerPimpsonUGA

    Jets…Fool

  • Lowedwn

    …memebr of Fly Society, styles I got several varities…

    Spitta stay doing his thing

  • Tiiz

    I’ve copped both of Spitta’s albums so far and haven’t regretted one yet. JETS…FOOL!

  • http://foshiggadale.blogspot.com Foshiggadale

    Wayne wasn’t talking about Currensy on that skit, he was talking about Kidd Kidd, the dude that had that one nonsense verse on “Mrs. Officer”…….as for Currensy, hopefully this Dame Dash alliance doesn’t derail, he has a good thing going, it’d be nice to see his music get wider distribution

  • SW PHILLY

    On the real…..I like what Dame Dash got goin on with these new artist Curren$y etc. When he was with Wayne and them I didnt pay Curren$y no mind. NOW…Shit all his mixtapes were on point. Maybe there is some hope for this next generation of hiphop……

  • http://hotspitta.com Curren$y Mixtapes

    Big fan and a huge follower…JET$ foo. I like the dame dash move homey but be carefully with him man, you both out to get paper but dame might want it a bit more. I would hate to see spitta used and sued or some shit. Play smart homie

  • Will

    Well, Jay did tell Dame to make another Hov, Currensy might be it

  • AZ40

    I FUX WIT DUDE WHEN I’M IN CHILL MODE HE GOT SOME NICE STUFF

  • Anonymous

    still got vision of the roof top…as do I

  • Pete from Harlem

    I’ve got to admit…I wasn’t really checkin’ for dude before. Not to say Dame Dash gave him some sort of validity, but I definitely started to take notice to him and what’s he’s doing more than I was. I like how Dame Dash is playing the back more than his earlier years. Still,he’s very good at what he does. But I see now he’s more laid back with it,and it suits him better.
    A more mature Dame Dash still gets things done,now with less effort.

  • dj nice wit it

    currency is creative- he not really a lyricist but he does spit some dope bars- his patterns, voice and hooks is why i like him. Spitta got some good songs and play concepts.

  • dj nice wit it

    currency is creative- he not really a lyricist but he does spit some dope bars- his patterns, voice and hooks is why i like him. Spitta got some good songs and playa concepts.

  • Gift

    I WILL SAY THIS. REGARDLESS OF WHAT NIGGAS SAY ABOUT DAME, EVERYBODY IN ROCAFELLA WAS EATING GOOD, DUDE ALWAYS MADE SURE THAT THE TEAM WAS STRAIT, AND I DON’T THINK THAT WILL CHANGE NOW. CURRENSY IS HELL OF TALENTED, AND DAME IS GONNA MAKE SURE THE KID IS STRAIT.

  • daz_oc

    This nigga really starting to grow on me….that smokee robinson was dope. Cant wait for Pilot Talk

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  • Anonymous

    jets nigga where havet we been yet

  • blaxmith

    wow when spitta said “don’t know outside of me how business is run, as far as DD172″ he wasnt saying he doesnt know whats going on. He’s saying he doesnt fuck with that kind of style. Spitta and Dame are both real, and its so rare that people think they’re crazy. Real Recognize Real. That’s how spitta is fuckin with Mos Def too, one of the best rappers ever.

    This dude CLEARLY has business sense… not like he has no idea whats going on. He’s been in the game for years. He already got paid. Stashin’ for my unborn they ballin when they old enough.. jet life, stay high

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  • JP

    All those comments; look at what Dame did to him. Some physics down there.