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Curren$y: This Ain’t No Mixtape

After jetting from Young Money, Curren$y’s career could’ve fallen harder than one of those planes he always raps about piloting. But he built his buzz back up with a bevy of Internet mixtapes that showcased the modern day hippie as a wordsmith capable of conquering both forgotten classics (i.e. Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down (Remix)”) and contemporary beats (Common’s “Real People”).

And so, for his appropriately titled album, he finally had to find his original material to rap over. In his own background of N.O. — just minutes from his crib, actually — he hooked up with newcomers Monstabeatz, who eventually produced the entire album and for good reason — the two are musical matches, an organic pairing with, dare I say, the chemistry of a Common and No I.D. But where Com played the lost-in-the-projects everyman, Curren$y is the new culture, smoke-and-skate “everydude”, spitting over synth-drenched productions.

Tracks like “The Jet’s Son,” where Monstabeatz flip “The Jetsons” jingle into a Don Cannon-like banger, and “On My Plane,” a smooth rideout enhanced by mellow keys a la Scott Storch, show the beatmakers’ ability to emulate an assortment of styles yet maintain a breezy atmosphere throughout for Spitta to envelope with his clouds of metaphors and alliteration. “Everybody’s like he’s no item/ please don’t like him/but the chance to sip champ’ with the champ is enticing (in Tyson)/ about to fight the feeling she follow the flashing lights, man/ and it’s leading her directly to where I am.”

With chicks, kicks, and whips being the talking points, Curren$y offers little introspection, but the resounding theme is a “fuck you” to the industry, highlighted by anthems of independence such as “Get It Ya Self” and the fact that This Ain’t No Mixtape is an online-only release. It’s the only way he’d be able to get away with an album full of “Elevator Muzik,” the shit you “ride around and get high to.”

The thing with stoners, though, is they think all of their ideas are brilliant — like having a song called “LOL” where the chorus goes, “I’m LOL’in on you niggas/I’m LOL’in on you hoes.” It’s basura, straight up.

That one moment of bad judgment aside, this joint is perfect for bumpin’ as you drive around — just not too loudly. You wouldn’t want to draw unwanted attention while you’re blunt cruisin’.- Devin Chanda

Hottest Joint: “Blown Away

Weakest Joint: “LOL”

  • Pierzy

    Dude’s got skills but I agree that some ideas aren’t as fantastic as he thinks they are…it’s interesting that this pops up right around the same time as the Quality > Quantity drop because Curren$y puts out tons of material.

  • Stevie B

    I like this album alot its fire in my opinion better then Relapse of course somebody will make a ignorant comment but fuck it.

    To me This Is Not A Mixtape is better them Relapse. Im not looking for dark introspective shit.

    I like the fact that the albums production is cohesive. Hot lyrics and a smooth delivery and i think his flow is prettty tight.

    Now Im just waiting for Till The Casket Drops and South Central State of Mind and whatever album Blu drops

  • Pierzy

    What’s good O -

    I have a compilation mixtape for you:

    http://tbohiphop.net/hevehitta-dj-unexpected-04-14-09/02/

    It’s pretty silly…

  • JLC

    of course somebody will make a ignorant comment but fuck it.

    uh? really? so that comment was smart? since this blog aint even bout eminem……?or did i miss somethin, or maybe you did, cuz i dont think the title of this topic is ” which album is better? this aint no mixtape or relapse?”……..jackass………..

    • Stevie B

      You made the ignorant comment I knew was coming I am entitled to my opinion and I can compare any album I want.

      Your clearly overly sensitive and ignorant thats why I am and will always be above you!

      And i cant see you niggas from up here
      And i cant hear you niggas from up here
      So I aint to concerned about what you doin down there
      Cuz thats that sucker shit and we don’t allow it round here

  • http://www.twitter.com/gdrobinson G Rizzy

    I been bumpin this shit since it dropped, he did his thing on this album, the album is well rounded, I agree with lol’n being the weakest track, but that shit still bangs, scared of monstas is my personal fav, I think he proved that he can hold his own without being with wayne, cuz its niggaz that’s been with wayne for years and ain’t even gotta a feature on one of waynes albums. Its my fav album of the year so far.

  • DeeJay

    relapse is for die hard em fans and hip hop heads that no good music i mean i feel currency but uhh relapse is well amazingly brillant so its not better this is not an ignorant comment cuz ive checked both i mean i deff feel currencys grind and everything dudes ill but hes more comparable to weezy (who he is now better than) but em is on his own level above yours u can hear us from up there well he can hear u from up THERE know what im sayin?

  • Deadstars

    Album is dope if I had the money, I would do whatever it took to get currency mainstream, and delete majority of the wack niggaz in the game. Spitta has a realistic hippie flow that consumes the mind , and motivates you to get up and do something with your life. I wouldn’t consider currency a entertainer like Wayne, currency is motivation, wayne is just lucky this society tolerates the bullshit he spits. Keep up the goodwork spittA don’t worry quality people are listening!

  • BSimmons

    Roll somethin’ up, pour somethin’ up

    This album is really somethin’ serious. The author of the article is right about “LOL” but besides that the rest of the album is on point.

    Curren$y knows his style and he sticks with it, in fact he’s perfected it.

    He’s going to show these rappers and industry people that lying and filling your lyrics about guns you don’t have, murders you haven’t committed, and drugs you didn’t sell isn’t what the people want to hear anymore.

    Definitely worth the buy. Support real music.

  • BSimmons08

    Roll somethin’ up, pour somethin’ up

    This album is really somethin’ serious. The author of the article is right about “LOL” but besides that the rest of the album is on point.

    Curren$y knows his style and he sticks with it, in fact he’s perfected it.

    He’s going to show these rappers and industry people that lying and filling your lyrics about guns you don’t have, murders you haven’t committed, and drugs you didn’t sell isn’t what the people want to hear anymore.

    Definitely worth the buy. Support real music.

  • D.Rich

    Very solid, well-rounded album. Period.

    and IMO it is better than Relapse, Last Kiss, and Crime Pays…(the BIG hip hop releases of the year, so far). I know this wasn’t an article about which is better, but just to give those out there a strong suggestion of “DON’T SLEEP”.

    100-99

  • grandma11

    I love that LOL track ! haha

  • Nikeforces

    You got to mention sail on, Free Lunch, Galaxy, and Scarred of monsters. Album is fire. Its like the soundtrack to a my life get high, party, and bullshit Curren$y is a monster cant wait for him and Wiz Mixtape.

  • DevMoney

    You still tryna figure out how you gonna get some hoes, You still tryna figure out what you gonna do for dough! “Lol” is my shit tho!

  • errybody!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oZkzPnNYJ4

    yeah i finally listened 2 it after copping it a while ago… this a pretty fye CD… i can’t wait 2 c how evolves! funny a** s**t on youtube…

  • Shawn

    How the fuck is LOL the weakest record on here? It’s like punchlines after punchlines, although the beat was kinda lame,but still the lyrics shine through. I’d re-listen and reconsider that. XXL is dope but I’m hella surprised about this lol.