Curren$y's Seven Other "Debut" Albums Pre-Stoned Immaculate

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Curren$y’s been in the game for a decade now. The New Orleans rapper made his introduction as a member of his hometown’s No Limit Records, under the tutelage of Master P. Then he joined Lil Wayne’s camp donning the Memphis Bleek role for a brief period, overshadowed by Weezy’s distinguished mixtape saga. After releasing a slew of mixtapes on his own, with the release of This Ain’t No Mixtape via Amalgam Digital, Spitta finally had an official album under his belt—though physical copies of his Amalgam Digital work didn't hit stores until 2011.

His highly celebrated Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II were his first solo efforts that were “somewhat” pushed by a major label (Def Jam). Then shortly after his deal with Warner Bros. on February of 2011, Spitta spat out Weekend At Burnie’s, which was his first release from Warner Bros. and (actually) debuted on Billboard charts. So, when it was announced that his latest offering The Stoned Immaculate, is his first “major label” debut, it came off as a major head scratcher for XXL.

Is it label politics? Do R&B hooks by crooners and guest verses by popular rappers define a “major label” debut? Do Neptunes and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League productions really make a big difference? These questions can all be answered if you listen to The Stoned Immaculate, released today (June 5th). After (or before) you delve into the world of Spitta's nonchalant poetry via his latest offering, check out this list of his previously released official albums.—XXL Staff (@XXL)

This Ain’t No Mixtape

This is a Mixtape

RELEASE DATE: April 21st, 2009
LABEL: Amalgam Digital
PRODUCERS: Monsta Beatz
NOTABLE TRACKS: “Blown Away,” “The Jet’s Son,” & “On My Plane.”

Fresh off severing ties with his former Young Money label home, Curren$y boards one of those planes he often raps about piloting and cruises all over his “real” retail debut, This Aint No Mixtape. Entirely produced by rising beatsmtih Monsta Beatz—who together with Spitta display a chemistry that’s almost seamless—the album finds the N.O. native exuding his cool, carefree demeanor over an assortment of smooth and synth-dousing production.

Jet Files

Jet Files

RELEASE DATE: October 6th, 2009 (digital); June 28th, 2011 (physical)
LABEL: Amalgam Digital
PRODUCERS: Whitey, Big Chop, and Slegren.
NOTABLE TRACKS: "I'm Just Dope," "Sleepless In New Orleans," "The Seventies," & "The Pledge (In & Out)."

Just six months after releasing This Ain't No Mixtape via Amalgam Digital, Spitta returned with his “sophomore” effort Jet Files. Still riding the wave of his selection as a 2009 XXL Freshman, the New Orleans native offered up this smooth release that built on his branding of the Jets and showcased an effortless flow.

Curren$y Pilot Talk

Pilot Talk

Year: 2010

Pilot Talk 2

Pilot 2 Cover

RELEASE DATE: November 22th, 2010
LABEL: DD172, Def Jam
PRODUCERS: Ski Beatz, Monsta Beatz, and Nesby Phips.
NOTABLE TRACKS: “Airborne Aquarium,” “Michael Knight,” “Montreux,” & “Hold On.”

Just when the fans inhaled tidbits of Spitta’s sticky, they were blessed with a follow up to Pilot Talk. Though the sequel lacked high profile guest appearances, it further carved Curren$y’s adulated style of meditated 16s (or 32s) over Ski’s warm yet woozy production jammed with funk instrumentation—molding a lane that continues to resonate as Jet Life general’s own.

Weekend at Burnies

Weekend at Burnie's

RELEASE DATE: June 28th, 2011
LABEL: Jet Life Recordings, Warner Bros.
PRODUCERS: Monsta Beatz and Rahki.
NOTABLE TRACKS: “#JetsGo,” “This Is The Life,” & “JLC.”

Despite Burnies being Spitta’s first release after he inked with Warner Bros. (to a proper record deal, no less, after a P&D deal with Dame Dash’s DD172 and Def Jam for the Pilot Talk series), despite this collection featuring a barcode, and despite debuting on the Billboard 200 charts, our favorite green-friendly lyricist (and his recording home) still doesn’t consider this a proper debut album. Confusing? Yes. What’s not, however, is this set’s breezy production courtesy of Monsta Beatz—who manned 11 of the 12 tracks—which satiated long-time Spitta fans, while also serving as a primer for new Curren$y fans.

Muscle Car Chronicles

Muscle Car...

RELEASE DATE: February 14th, 2012
PRODUCERS: Sean O'Connell
NOTABLE TRACKS: "Bout it 2011" & "Fly Out."

Clocking in at 19 minutes in total, this passion project from Spitta's stint under Dame Dash felt like the result of a garage jam session more than some fully developed LP. Perhaps that's why Spitta didn't end up promoting the project's release and ended up filing a lawsuit against Dame Dash shortly after its release. And whatever happened to the Muscle Car Chronicles movie that was supposed to accompany the album?

The Stoned Immaculate

Stoned Immaculate

RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2012
LABEL: Jet Life Recordings, Warner Bros.
PRODUCERS: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Monsta Beatz, and The Innovatorz.
NOTABLE TRACKS: “No Squares,” “Chasin Paper,” & “Chandelier.”

Right. Neptunes production, vocal features from Estelle and Marsha Ambrosius, and verses from Wale and 2 Chainz make this album an actual "major label" debut, in comparison to Spitta's almost decade-long career in the game. It's confusing, but what's there to hate? Though it lacks the Woodstock reefer scent of projects like Pilot Talk, the album's great, and it's a refined addition to Spitta's catalog of solid releases.