Working with Curren$y
Last month, Curren$y dropped a 7-track mixtape called Cathedral on which Chase N. Cashe produced every track.
Both products of New Orleans, Chase and Curren$y were put in touch by Jet Lifer and mutual friend Le$. They immediately got to churning out tracks, getting together in the studio and corresponding via email. “We both smoke a lot of weed,” said Chase, “how could the music go wrong?”
Though they just linked up for the first time at the beginning of this summer, Chase estimates they’ve already cut as many as 20 records. They were initially (and are still) working towards a collaborative project called Canal St. Confidential. “We were just making so much music and on a roll, and I guess he felt the time was right and it seemed like the time was right.” Chase had no idea the tape was coming — one day Curren$y simply “decided to wake up and drop it.”
On the tape’s penultimate track “Plug,” Chase throws Curren$y a changeup, a mafioso, sandpaper-ish, creeper of a beat. He repeatedly mentioned “Plug” in our interview, making it clear that this was the beat of which he was most proud. “I love Plug just because it’s so visual, it gives me like a Kill Bill feel.”
Chase said he aimed to blend spookier, G-funk influenced beats with the sort of nostalgic, soulful, string-based production that is squarely in Curren$y’s traditional wheelhouse. He gave “It’s Nothing 2 Us” as an example of the latter: “That’s me knowing that he likes to ride to music, and I like to ride to music,” he said. “I’m a car guy, man. People listen to music on their phone with earphones, I’m in the car, man. To me, that’s forever the test if something is hot.”