#3 Mixtape Of The Year: Curren$y-New Jet City

Posted: January 2, 2014 by ericbernsen in Album Reviews, Music
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Curren$y is an artist that has long blurred the lines between mixtapes and official albums. Fans love his work ethic as he releases multiple projects ever year and his most highly regarded work seems to be his free material. Nevertheless, Curren$y’s smoky drawled out flow does not suffer from oversaturation because of his diverse production choice. And while his latest mixtape New Jet City has features from the likes of Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J, it is Curren$y’s signature laid back but inspired delivery that gives the project a consistent, valid identity that offers something for everybody.

While Curren$y’s lyrics rarely stray from the topics of weed, women, and stylish cars, he does offer pearls of wisdom in a subject mater that can be described as well grounded. But what is most impressive about the New Orleans emcee is that he stays true to himself regardless of the high-profile guest features that join him on the project. From the Statik Selectah produced cut “Clear” featuring Jadakiss to the aggressive new era sounding single “Choosin” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross, Curren$y is always on point and he never compromises his strengths as an artist. Some might say that Curren$y is trying to accomplish too much on New Jet City, but from the soulful thick grooves such as “Sixteen Switches Part 2” to bangers like “Bitch Get Up” featuring veteran Juvenile, the project maintains its cohesiveness without sounding discombobulated.

The variety proves to be Net Jet City’s greatest strength as the heavy set of guest features is extensive, but each one puts forth their best effort and all of the individual talent shines appropriately. Curren$y doesn’t leave his Jet Life partners behind as Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy both make appearances on the mixtape as Spitta stays true as the leader of his crew. New Jet City proves that Curren$y has not lost sight of the qualities that gained him his devout fan-base, but simultaneously shows the once labeled “weed rapper” can adapt to a multitude of sounds and styles. There are many standouts classic Spitta moments on the mixtape such as “Mary” as well as successful attempts at experimentation like the French Montana featured/Harry Fraud produced “These Bitches”.

Some may look down upon the contrast displayed on New Jet City, but it gives the project validity as a refreshing take on Spitta’s already reputable style. Curren$y has been an underground favorite for quite some time, yet always on the cusp of breaking through on the mainstream level. This release veers toward the latter, but does not musically suffer from it. As always, we will certainly receive more material from Spitta sooner than later, but do not let this release fly under the radar. It is one of the best projects Curren$y has put out in recent years and a mixtape that deserves to be released as a retail album.

Listen to New Jet City below and let us know what you think of the review/rating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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