Curren$y & Styles P, #The1st28
Curren$y is back at it again, this time bringing his friend Styles P along for the ride. Melding together their individual penchants for street smarts and flamboyancy—including their shared gusto for the best ‘green—Spitta and The Ghost connect on their spur-of-the-moment joint project, #The1st28. It’s not all the time that the gimmick-free pusher SP joins forces with an artist outside of his circle—especially on a whole EP— but alongside Spitta, the chemistry is flawless.
Containing just five tracks, all recorded in a day and produced by Monsta Beatz, the project is a package that will leave fans craving for a sequel. Exuding a nonchalant, carefree vibe, the tape finds Spitta and Ghost meeting each other halfway while still maintaing the ability to do what they do best individually. On the tranquil “Rule Book,” the two trade distinct reflective lines like Styles P’s pensive, “Used to live in the Welfare motel/Now I say farewell, leaving the hotel” and Curren$y’s braggadocio-drenched wisdom, “The architecture in my crib’s a little iller than where you live, but I ain’t downing you my nigga/I’m just telling you to go and get it.”
The two continue to coast with the hard-hitting “Jekell n Hyde,” where SP bluntly boasts, “Tell your bitch suck the dick, me and Spitta is fly.” The same can be said for the the hypnotic “Billions” and appeasing “Lean”—where, on the latter P goes at it again, roaring, “I lean on this bitch niggas with the gun,” and is soon followed by Curren$y contemplating, “Woke up this morning and came up with a way to settle the score on these old hoe ass niggas…stand on the throat of these hoe ass niggas.”
While they may come from different musical realms, both Styles P and Curren$y share a commonality in the way they deliver lines. Throughout the tape the, two display their knack for taking would-be average bars and pumping life into them with their spirited delivery. While the entire tape may to a little too short for comfort (clocking in at a mere 16 minutes) that’s some of the appeal of #The1st28—there’s not much room for error. It results in a potent package of tracks that inevitably will have many eagerly hoping for a sequel. Either way, D-Block and the Jets serve up one heck of a prescription. Refill anyone? —Ralph Bristout (@XXLRalph)