A “super exclusive rare” interview with the rapper, shot right after No Limit and mid-Cash Money, has a noticeably young Spitta confirming: “I’m not gunna pull no gun out and tell you ‘this how I roll’…that ain’t really me. What’s me? Is this [knocks on hood of car] and that thing over [points to another car] and the Jag, that’s at my crib.” When I ask about this video, Curren$y adds: “Yeah I’m like, nah, that was all them, and I was like that’s cool, so don’t fuck with my cars and shoes because they’re probably gunna get pissed about it and do stuff. But I never had to do nothing. But I grew up like that— my family, my brothers, everybody I was related too, everybody that put me down, was so fucking official outside in that world, to where it was like, well we don’t know if his lil ass is crazy or not.”
So I ask, why didn’t Curren$y become a gun-toting, Blood-affiliated rapper? “Because a lot of them died. That’s fucking crazy, I wanna go home every day,” he says, further proving why he is one of the realest in the game. “Mufuckas was dying or in jail. As fun as this shit was, like I think back, a lot of shit was tight, but a lot of shit was really wack, and those problems, those consequences still exist now— like now I’m fucking grown, and so-and-so might have got in trouble when we was 17, but I still don’t see this muthafucka.” Curren$y went on to admit that he was almost “shell-shocked” from real life experiences— whether it be in rap (i.e. talented rappers getting killed too soon, namely Pac and Biggie) or closer to home (i.e. older brother’s friends getting killed as soon as he would get close with them). Curren$y is acutely real and acutely honest. It’s definitely a reason we are drawn to him as fans— he has a way of thinking and rapping that is completely relatable and packed with truisms— whether it’s the mundane, or something extremely serious like the risks of living a street life. I’ve often noticed his honesty in his lyrics, and it translates to our interview.
Filled up on fried oyster po-boys, we are directed by Curren$y’s long-time friend and manager, Mousa, to the rapper’s home in New Orleans. Spitta has never re-located from his birthplace. Former New Orleans residents, like Master P and Lil Wayne, moved to sunnier pastures , but Curren$y has ensured that New Orleans is always his home. Nonetheless, he did relocate from the Magnolia Projects, where he grew up, to a more exclusive part of town. As the GPS guides us to Curren$y’s home, we see mansions looming in the distance, on the edge of marshy waters. We pull up to a safely gated community, where we offer Spitta’s address to a guard sitting at the entrance, and wait for approval to be ushered in. We pass a variety of cream-colored homes and while the houses may vary in size and style, they are all rather large and they are all neutral-colored. This is obviously one of the luxuries Curren$y’s lengthy and successful career has afforded him— this gated community may belong to the same city, but it is in no way the hood he grew up in.