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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 1, 2012 | Warner Records

Combine rapper Curren$y's stoned, slow flow with his general preference for light, loopy beats and you've got an “acquired taste” indeed, plus there's the full-on embracing of weed and head shop culture topped by a prolific nature that's been averaging right around two mixtapes and two commercial releases per year. Still, when it comes to quality control, Curren$y's been closer to his inspiration Lil Wayne than his other inspiration, Master P, and this well-designed multi-producer, multi-guest-shot album deserves a special place in the man's discography, being the first “official official” after some one-producer efforts and conceptual (Weekend at Burnie's was all '80s from its cover art to its beats) street releases. Cue the thing up and the rapper welcomes everyone by putting his crossover up front, offering the lazy but feelin' it, “What It Look Like” as an easy entryway into an album that's always in his cushy, kushy comfort zone, but always hospitable as well, with a hook or a Wale-type guest shot to keep things interesting. The top-notch “Privacy Glass” explains the rules with “Kush clouds, sunshine, good times, inspire these dope rhymes,” while the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced smoothie called “Take You There” proves Curren$y doesn't suffer from couch lock, taking the listener -- really, the lady listener -- on a extravagant journey in the manner of Ludacris' “Pimpin' All Over the World.” Fellow weed Don Wiz Khalifa turns up on “No Squares,” yet this clear-headed and convincing “get paper” cut drops lines like “Rather have my feet hurtin', than my pocket/I chase that my money down, like it said somethin' 'bout my mama” and suddenly, it all feels like the “official official”. The big finish rolls up with Pharrell in classic Neptunes mode (“Chasin' Papers”), Estelle on a cut so sweet it could be on a Tyler Perry soundtrack (“That's the Thing”), and Daz Dillinger on the mike and behind the boards for that old-school menace (“Fast Cars Faster Women”). If “Jet Life” with Wiz and Big K.R.I.T. feels like a woozy finish for such an ambitious album, the familiar can explain it's a lifestyle anthem doubling as an acknowledgment of returning passengers. That's the whole enchilada, and even if the terminally blazed Curren$y is still best approached with the munchies, this one doesn't leave you feeling hungry or stuffed, just fully satisfied. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 1, 2012 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 5, 2015 | Atlantic Records

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An artist with plenty of mixtapes and street releases -- and many of them are linked conceptually -- any single entry in Curren$y's work is best seen as part of a continuum, with this 2015 LP being a bit of an odd duck. It's his first major-label album in over three years, although it's not a heavy influence and just seems to impact singles like "Bottom of the Bottle," where the production is immaculate, the August Alsina hook is lush, and Lil Wayne offers "I'm gonna give her somethin' to choke on" in stark contrast to the smooth jazz guitars underneath. There's no R. Kelly or T-Pain in sight as the superstars are worthy stoners like Future and Wiz Khalifa, who both perfectly lock with their host on their respective cuts, meaning the main motivator isn't the major-label money. Instead, Curren$y came off a tour and noticed his fans appreciated both his stoned and his "up" numbers, and he just didn't have enough of the latter. As such, producer Purps got to work and put down a handful of productions that sound like the usual soaring Curren$y stuff but injected with some '90s R&B, as if LeVert remixes are the hot new bootlegs. Singer Lloyd is a perfect choice for this atmosphere, and helps make "How High" a highlight, while the marquee MC does fine delivering lines with a -- gasp -- more clear-headed and direct style, sometimes coming close to Lil B territory while still making it his own. It's another lark from a man who has taken plenty of them before, and while some may look to his major-label efforts for the more well-rounded LPs, they can check the Pilot Talk series for that kind of breadth, and appreciate Canal Street Confidential for the sharp and well-executed idea that it is. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 24, 2011 | Warner Records

As stopgap releases go, Currensy’s Weekend at Burnie's EP and/or mixtape -- it was pre-release pimped as both -- is a worthwhile distraction, offering fans of his Pilot Talk efforts a chance to hear the rapper in a different setting. Here, the setting is hard, minimal, and retro, with producer Monsta Beatz bringing the ‘80s flavor on all tracks, save for one banger from Rahki, the opening highlight “#Jetsgo.” Guest stars are protégés and friends like Trademark, Young Roddy, and Fiend all chilling with their mentor, who proves himself the king of the chill with lazy numbers like “Still” (“You find my lighter and my grinder, it’ll be perfect ho”) and “This Is the Life” (a free-form mumbler that “drops like a Pharcyde record”). “JLC” gets quite abstract while both “Still” and “Got Paid” roll with a G-funk style, but the mellow is never harshed, and the promise of sunny weekend stoner music from the ‘80s is maintained the whole way through. Don’t expect anything more and life’s a beach. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 24, 2011 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 4, 2015 | Atlantic Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 4, 2015 | Atlantic Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 4, 2015 | Atlantic Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 7, 2016 | Atlantic Records

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An artist with plenty of mixtapes and street releases -- and many of them are linked conceptually -- any single entry in Curren$y's work is best seen as part of a continuum, with this 2015 LP being a bit of an odd duck. It's his first major-label album in over three years, although it's not a heavy influence and just seems to impact singles like "Bottom of the Bottle," where the production is immaculate, the August Alsina hook is lush, and Lil Wayne offers "I'm gonna give her somethin' to choke on" in stark contrast to the smooth jazz guitars underneath. There's no R. Kelly or T-Pain in sight as the superstars are worthy stoners like Future and Wiz Khalifa, who both perfectly lock with their host on their respective cuts, meaning the main motivator isn't the major-label money. Instead, Curren$y came off a tour and noticed his fans appreciated both his stoned and his "up" numbers, and he just didn't have enough of the latter. As such, producer Purps got to work and put down a handful of productions that sound like the usual soaring Curren$y stuff but injected with some '90s R&B, as if LeVert remixes are the hot new bootlegs. Singer Lloyd is a perfect choice for this atmosphere, and helps make "How High" a highlight, while the marquee MC does fine delivering lines with a -- gasp -- more clear-headed and direct style, sometimes coming close to Lil B territory while still making it his own. It's another lark from a man who has taken plenty of them before, and while some may look to his major-label efforts for the more well-rounded LPs, they can check the Pilot Talk series for that kind of breadth, and appreciate Canal Street Confidential for the sharp and well-executed idea that it is. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 11, 2019 | Babygrande Records, Inc.

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 11, 2019 | Babygrande Records, Inc.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 19, 2019 | Babygrande Records, Inc.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 16, 2015 | Stage One Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 29, 2013 | SRFSCHL, LLC

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 5, 2019 | Babygrande Records, Inc.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 9, 2010 | Kernell Creations

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Miscellaneous - Released June 9, 2017 | Jet Life Recordings - Pilot Talk

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 17, 2019 | Jet Life - Showoff Records - EMPIRE

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Miscellaneous - Released August 31, 2018 | Jet Life Recordings

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Miscellaneous - Released November 30, 2016 | Jet Life Recordings - Catalog