Pilot Talk 3 (2015)
Spitta has made a point to carve out his career in his own image, seamlessly transitioning from Young Money signee, to being big-wig Dame Dash’s pet project, into the self-sustaining smoker/rapper with a rabid fanbase. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that, with the comeback to Pilot Talk, there’s a more concise vibe to the third collaboration between Curren$y and Ski Beatz.
Perhaps Curren$y is just too comfortable at this point. While Ski-Beats shows up with some fresh beats that up Curren$y's lackadaisical persona a gear or two, the roads covered on Pilot Talk 3 are just too well-trodden at this point to truly feel gratified by the record.
Some of the albums greatest highlights from PT3 come not from Spitta himself, but those he gets chummy with. Cameos by Jadakiss, Wiz Khalifa, J Townshend, and Master P (even Riff Raff does alright on the none-Ski-Beatz-beat “Froze”) bump the albums fun-factor up a bit. It's a welcomed change of pace after Pilot Talk 2 abandoned the cameo vibe found on Pilot Talk 1.
The cameos and tighter production help keep this Pilot Talk enjoyable. “Pot Jar” in particular is impressive, with Jada and Spitta both dropping bombs ("Send a bottle to your table, it’s a celebration/Rolling Presidential, inauguration/Stones clearer than an HD station").
All of the Pilot Talk albums have their merit, however Pilot Talk 3 feels a bit stagnant when compared to the previous two albums. Maybe it's the production, but PT 3 feels like more of the same that Spitta's been doing lately (not necessarily a bad thing, but...) and not necessarily advancing the Pilot Talk sound we loved so much on the first two.