Given Name: Shante Scott Franklin
Aliases: Spitta, Spitta Andretti, The Hot Spitta
Occupations: Rapper, entrepreneur, car collector
Early Life: Curren$y grew up in New Orleans. He wrote his first rap (about the cartoon character Dennis the Menace) in elementary school, but didn’t write again until his senior year of high school. His older brother, Mr. Marcelo, was already a rapper signed to No Limit Records, but it took longer for the Spitta to realize that music was his calling, too. As a teenager, he worked at a meat market to make extra money.
Releases: Life at 3,000 Feet, mixtape, February 2007; Independence Day, mixtape, February 2008; Fear and Loathing in New Orleans, mixtape, June 2008; Fast Times at Ridgemont Fly, mixtape, August 2008; How Fly, collaborative mixtape with Wiz Khalifa, August 2009; This Aint No Mixtape, debut album, 2009; Jet Files, mixtape, October 2009; Community Service III, mixtape, June 2010; Pilot Talk, album, July 2010; Pilot Talk II, album, November 2010; Jet World Order, collaborative album, November 2011; Weekend at Burnie’s, album, June 2011; Return To The Winner’s Circle, mixtape, January 2011; Jet Life To The Next Life, collaborative mixtape with Young Roddy and Trademark da Skydiver, March 2011; Covert Coupe, mixtape, April 2011; Verde Terrace, mixtape, August 2011; Jet World Order, Jet Life’s debut album, November 2011; Here, mixtape, February 2012; The Stoned Immaculate, album, June 2012; Priest Andretti, mixtape, October 2012; Jet World Order 2, collaborative album, November 2012; Here, EP, February 2012; The 1st 28, collaborative mixtape with Styles P, February 2012; Muscle Car Chronicles, collaborative album with Sean O’Connell, February 2012; Cigarette Boats, collaborative mixtape with Harry Fraud, July 2012; Priest Andretti, mixtape, October 2012; 3 Piece Set: A Closed Session, collaborative mixtape with Young Roddy, December 2012; New Jet City, mixtape, February 2013; Live in Concert, EP with Wiz Khalifa, April 2013; Red Eye, collaborative Jet Life mixtape, August 2013; Bales, collaborative mixtape with Young Roddy, September 2013; The Stage EP with Smoke DZA, October 2013; The Drive In Theater, mixtape, February 2014
Career Highlights: Curren$y was one of the first (if not the first) signees to Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment in 2004. His 2006 hit single, “Where Da Cash At” appeared on Lil Wayne’s Dedication 2 mixtape and made it to No. 73 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard 100 chart. In 2007, he opted to leave the label and represent himself, during which time he released a number of mixtapes and started focusing on building his Jet Life crew and brand. In 2009, despite being unsigned, he was chosen as one of XXL’s Top 10 Freshman and in 2011, he signed to Warner Bros. Records and became the CEO of his imprint, Jet Life Recordings. His 2012 album, The Stoned Immaculate, which featured the hit single “Capitol” (featuring 2 Chainz) debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Sound: Since leaving Cash Money Records, Curren$y has solidified both his image and sound as a weed rapper. He’s known for laidback, chill vocals and spitting languidly over lush, jazz-heavy instrumentals, as in “Yella Cab” featuring Young Roddy. His low-key mumble works well with a variety of music, from hazy dreamlike tunes to superfly 70’s jams, and he’s big on experimenting with different sounds. Case in point: his single “Hold On,” in which he raps over the instrumentals to a classic 60’s Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song. You can always count on the Spitta for his relaxed, stoner flow, but you never know what kind of instrumentals or musical genres will pop up in his next projects.
Strengths: Curren$y has many strengths, though his most obvious is his tireless work ethic. He’s produced over 20 projects in five years and created a solid team of artists and produced for his label. In addition to his musical projects, he’s spearheaded a series of episodes/mini documentaries charting the Jet Life team and started the clothing label, Jet Life Apparel. The laidback, stoner style of music that he’s introduced through his own projects, as well as those of his label signees, has also helped redefine Southern rap and pave the way for new styles of music.
What's Next: Curren$y always seems to be working on a few things at once, so who knows what he’ll serve up next. But fans have been waiting for a year now for the Pilot Talk III so maybe that’ll be next.
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