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For a while there, I was worried about Chance The Rapper. He’d come to national prominence in 2013 with Acid Rap, a mixtape that showed ridiculous levels of promise but also the sort of tendency toward self-indulgence that ruins a lot of rappers’ careers. Chance’s voice was a headlong hamster-squeak, a self-consciously grating yammer, and… More »

Over the past few years, Curren$y has become a model of online cult-rap consistency, a guy who reliably cranks out three or four eminently listenable mixtapes per year. And at a certain point, that reputation could be coming back to haunt him. While his old buddy Wiz Khalifa is out there making actual (if mostly-annoying)… More »

In this space, I usually try to write something about whatever connecting threats might run through the five videos I pick for the week. That’s not happening this week. I absolutely cannot think of a single thing that these five videos have in common with one another, other than me enjoying all of them. So:… More »

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Curren$y – “Cars” Video

Only a few weeks after releasing his Pilot Talk III album, the New Orleans rapper Curren$y has already followed it up with Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes, a new EP of dazed and foggy tracks. One of those songs is an ethereal drift called “Cars.” And in the new video, director CJ Wallis rapturously… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Download Curren$y Pilot Talk III

Over the weekend, the reliably smooth New Orleans rapper Curren$y released Pilot Talk III, the sequel to two really great LPs that he dropped way back in 2010. There was a twist to this release, though: You could only get it as part of a $100 bundle that also included a USB drive, a shirt,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 9:20 am

Curren$y – “Pot Jar” (Feat. Jadakiss)

Over the weekend, the eternally chill New Orleans rapper Curren$y released Pilot Talk III, the eagerly anticipated sequel to his two great 2010 albums, which remain the best things he’s ever done. For the release of Pilot Talk III, Curren$y chose an untraditional method: He’s only selling it for $100. If you buy the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 9:15 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Curren$y – “Alert” (Feat. Styles P)

New Orleans weed-rapper Curren$y is almost alarmingly consistent; he cranks out effortless, listenable mixtapes so frequently that it’s hard to be excited about them anymore. Curren$y really fell into his lane when he linked up with veteran rap producer Ski Beatz and made 2010’s great Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk 2 albums. So it’s cool… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 12:44 pm

The Game – “Don’t Shoot” (Feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, & TGT)

That list of rappers and musicians up top is an all-star team and they’ve all gotten together for the 6-minute anthem “Don’t Shoot” to address the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the events that followed. The Game recruited everyone that appears on the song, and here’s what he had to say to RollingMore »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Download Curren$y The Drive In Theatre Mixtape

The New Orleans stoner-rap all-star Curren$y doesn’t crank out a new mixtape every other day anymore, the way he did a few years ago, but he still reliably cranks out heavy-lidded psych-rap with a consistency that few can match. Curren$y’s new tape is called The Drive In Theatre, and it includes “Godfather Four,” the really… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Curren$y – “Godfather Four” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Curren$y and Action Bronson are both masterful free-associators with permanently lidded eyes and big internet fanbases, so it makes sense that they’d link up with each other. Bronson appears on “Godfather Four,” a string-drenched track from a forthcoming Curren$y full-length called The Drive In, and Bronson’s choppy delivery makes a nice contrast to Curren$y’s honeyed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2014 - 11:56 am

Download Curren$y & Smoke DZA The Stage EP

For whatever reason, the days surrounding Halloween are always big ones for mixtape releases, and here’s one that won’t take up your entire Halloween. Curren$y of New Orleans and Smoke DZA of Harlem are two guys who have toured and recorded together extensively, and now they’ve joined forces on a new EP called The Stage. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Kevin Gates – “Just Ride” Video (Feat. Curren$y)

The Luca Brasi Story, the new mixtape from the Baton Rogue native Kevin Gates, just might be my favorite mixtape of the year. It’s a tough and blustery but emotional ride, and it touches on a few different moods during its long running time. On the track “Just Ride,” Gates recruits fellow Louisiana native Curren$y… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Download Curren$y New Jet City Mixtape

On his new mixtape New Jet City, released just yesterday, the heavy-lidded and crazy-prolific New Orleans rapper Curren$y went big, lining up a very serious roster of guests: Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, French Montana, Trinidad James, Jadakiss, Styles P, hometown hero Juvenile. He also enlisted big-deal producers like Harry Fraud, Lex Luger, DJ… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Download Curren$y Priest Andretti Mixtape

The endlessly laconic, terrifyingly prolific New Orleans rap staple Curren$y has already released a ton of music this year, as is his custom, and now he’s got more for us. His new tape Priest Andretti boasts contributions from frequent collaborators like Fiend, Styles P, Young Roddy, and Trademark Da Skydiver (as well as amped-up curveball… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2012 - 11:32 am

Jet Life – “No Sleep” (Feat. Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy)

Curren$y’s crew Jet Life will put out another posse record later this fall, and today they released the first single, a wobby, knocking single called “No Sleep.” Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2012 - 11:09 am

Talib Kweli – “Push Thru” Video (Feat. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar)

On his new single “Push Thru,” underground rap lifer recruited two of his up-and-coming younger peers in Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. And in the beautifully photographed new video, directors Scott Fleishman and Fredo Tovar film all three rappers in their native locales: New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles. It helps that all three places are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Talib Kweli – “Push Thru” (Feat. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar)

Underground rap veteran Talib Kweli is working on a new album with the utterly detestable title Prisoner Of Conscious, and he’s just released a collaboration with two of the sharpest, most dependably prolific younger MCs on the scene today, Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. On the track’s hazy, slow-rolling beat, all three guys sound pretty comfortable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2012 - 9:29 am

Download Curren$y & Harry Fraud Cigarette Boats EP

The prolific, nimble New Orleans rapper Curren$y hooks up with producer-of-the-moment Harry Fraud for a quick EP jaunt, a five-track release featuring drop-ins from Smoke DZA and collaborator Styles P. As expected, it’s a smooth listen, with Curren$y packing as many rhymes into Fraud’s fertile, jazzy production as possible. Stream and download below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 10, 2012 - 11:21 am

Curren$y – “Capitol” Video (Feat. 2 Chainz)

Sleepy-eyed New Orleans rapper Curren$y releases his new album The Stoned Immaculate today, and now he’s also got a minimal black-and-white video for “Capitol,” his slow-rolling collaboration with omnipresent veteran Atlanta marblemouth 2 Chainz. In the clip, the two rappers mug for the camera and hang out in a backroom casino. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2012 - 10:15 am
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