Quality or quantity? This debate has ravaged mankind for centuries. Personally, I say why not both? Curren$y the Hot Spitta has been flooding the market with dope music since his early days under No Limit and Young Money. Now with his own Jet Life crew, Spitta is ready to go from sidekick to superhero with his self-proclaimed “first real album,” The Stoned Immaculate.
Curren$y is one of those artists with a signature sound. Known for his chill, laid back songs, he frequently works with producers Ski Beatz and Monsta Beatz. Unfortunately Ski is nowhere to be found but Monsta appears with the tracks “Armoire” and “Sunroof.” What Spitta does really well on this album is taking his sound that his fans have grown to love through his previous projects, and turns it up to 11. He gets help from frequent Jet Life producer, Cardo, while also expanding to big name producers like JUSTICE League and The Neptunes. He even gets a beat from West Coast legend Daz on “Fast Cars, Faster Women.” He keeps it interesting by switching up the tempo and style every few tracks, but still produces a cohesive project.
Standouts: No Squares, Fast Cars, Faster Women, Sunroof
Many people are deterred from Curren$y due to his monotone voice and sometimes simple rhyme scheme. However, Spitta is by no means a lyrical lightweight. One line that impressed me is from “Armoire” is “More than one time was I told that I was too cold. Gucci Mane, tryna be grizzly burr on these hoes.” Here he takes to commonly used themes in Hip Hop, and puts them together. Another favorite line of mine (from the same song) goes, “I’m from the the school of old, check out my ring. I won the Super Bowl at hash, I saw the Mona Lisa blink.” Curren$y may be on very few peoples top 5 lyricists, but he makes up for this by never regressing from one project to the next.
Standouts: Armoire, Showroom, Audio Dope III
Casual listeners may think the New Orleans rapper is only about weed, muscle cars and money. On the contrary, Curren$y is good at changing content just enough not to get redundant, and not too much to where the album is all over the place. Another strong point of The Stoned Immaculate is the balance of new collaborations with the old. Fellow Jets, Young Roddy, Trademark and Cornerboy P, as well as long time friends/collaborators Big K.R.I.T. and Wiz Khalifa, all get features. On the other hand, Spitta reaches out to Daz, 2 Chainz, Estelle, Wale and Pharrell to expand his brand. Somewhat surprisingly, the tracks featuring these new collabs outshine those with old friends. Both Pharrell and Estelle went above and beyond laying down hooks, and some might say even steal the spotlight from Spitta Andretti.
Standouts: Showroom, Thats the Thing ft. Estelle, Chasin Papers ft. Pharrell, Capitol ft. 2 Chainz
I thought it would be hard for Curren$y to match the quality of his fan favorites Pilot Talk I & II and Covert Coup. Not only did he easily match them, he may have surpassed them, which is rare for a major label “debut.” My only complaint is that the first voice you hear on the album is Wale’s. No diss to Wale but especially for your first big album you’d think that’s the last thing he’d do. But it doesn’t detract from the quality of The Stoned Immaculate, so no harm no foul. This has probably become my favorite of Curren$y’s many projects. In the short time it’s been out, I must have played “Showroom” at least 100 times. It’s exactly what you want to hear when one of your favorite MC’s makes the jump from underground to mainstream. No compromising what made him obtain his loyal fan base, but not stuck in the underground mind state; a perfect mix of what has been and what is to come. It may not be a classic, but it gets my vote for an album of the year consideration.
Curren$y’s The Stoned Immaculate is available for purchase on iTunes, here.
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