Review: Curren$y "New Jet City"

Review: Curren$y "New Jet City"

Although his last two projects were sparse on features, Curren$y's newest tape has guests from Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, Juicy J, Young Roddy and more. The combination of feature rappers and chilled out beats give this mixtape some extra life. With solid production from the likes of Harry Fraud, Lex Luger, Thelonius Martin, and Statik Selektah.

Keeping it fresh with his signature, smoked out flow, Curren$y delivers a strong introduction with the title track New Jet City. Backed by a pompous instrumental, Spitta lays it down and lauds about his boss status. From “sittin in the back of his triple black, with picnic tables, twisting up sacks” to making double our life savings, he is clearly on some new boss shit. The triumphant trumpets in the back really help deliver that strong, ignorant rich sound.

The next two tracks feature some hot guest spots. On “Clear” Jadakiss assists Curren$y over a jazz influenced beat with some nice guitar riffs, and a little saxaphone is laced in. The two make sure to don their “killer” flow and proceed to explain how they will decimate their competition. On “Choosin”, the Jet Life rapper enlists the help of fellow weed enthusiast Wiz Khalifa and MMG Bawse, Rick Ross. This track is full of hypnotic synths and a snazzy snare while the three rappers talk about their success and riches.

The mixtape then continues with the “Sixteen Switches” interlude, which carries over into “Three 60” featuring Juicy J.  As is customary with Juicy on the cut, things get trippy for a moment and the instrumental makes you feel like you're inside of daydream full of kaleidoscopes, but hard bars keep you grounded before you float off. After that, we have the solo song, “Livin for the City” and then the New Orleans rappers is joined by Young Roddy and Styles P on “Drive”. Both of these tracks share the same street vibe and talk about life in the inner city. As the JLR honcho says, “We record, we float it in, it’s movin in the streets.” Got that right.

Not be outdone by his earlier features, fellow New Orleans native Juvenile is recruited for “Bitch Get Up”. Juvie has been featured on a number of tracks recently and it’s nice to see these two back together again on a track talking about all the good things in life - weed, cars, girls and money. Continuing on his tirade about bitches, Curren$y hits us with the track’s “Coolie” featuring Trademark and “Mary”, dedicated to the best bitch of all. If you haven’t felt smoked out by now, these tracks should get you in the mood.

To round out the back end or, “the roach of the mixtape”, Spitta hits us with a couple of dope features. Trinidad James and Lloyd stop by on the R n’ B track “Purple Haze”, which came out real nice.  Lloyd sums it up best when he sings “Purple haze and codeine and my baby girl is all I need.”  James also steps up and kills his verse. French Montana then assists on “These Bitches”. The track is laden with some soft bass and classy brass instrumentals.

The tape then ends on a high note with“Moe Chettah”, which is accompanied by a resounding and swirling bass in the background while Curren$y chills on the pine and vents on his life and how he achieved his success. The last track on the tape is “New Program” and features Young Roddy once again.

On New Jet City, Curren$y continues his prolific run on giving fans what they want, smooth beats accompanied by a laid back yet boisterous flow.  Although this time around he enlisted some more help than usual the result is the same, as the New Orleans native delivers even more music perfect to roll one up to.  

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