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22 February, 2013@3:01 pm

The extra-hard working Curren$y defeats all stoner-stereotypes, releasing multiple projects each, suggesting that every day he is on his grind. Yet once you experience his music, you realize that sitting around, smoking weed, and just happening to spit some lyrics over beats is a big part of it. So maybe he’s found his element. With his latest mixtape release, New Jet City, Curren$y delivers more of what his fans love.

It’s hard to compare one Curren$y record to the next, as you pretty much get what you expect from each one; that is, super laid back beats and pot-Picasso’s painted by Spitta himself. He’s got a knack for this kind of thing, even if it isn’t you bag (or sack, rather), completely nailing it on tracks like the Nino Brown inspired opener “New Jet City”. Yet Curren$y is much more the customer, than the dealer.

On the Statik Selektah helmed “Clear”, he and Jadakiss, deliver three minutes of mellow madness, while the potential hit single “Choosin’” with Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa begs the question as to why it wasn’t saved for his next album. The ridiculously produced “Mary”, which happens later in the album, is pretty much Curren$y defined.

There’s no needle-dropping on a Curren$y LP, you just let it play through, and let the more smoked out selections like “Three 60″ and “Living For The City” slowly seep into your mental. Yet it doesn’t always work; “Drive”, for instance, is almost too agressive for Curren$y’s taste, while the Juvenile-featured “Bitch Get Up” merely plods along. Appearances from less-than-stellar rappers like Trinidad James (“Purple Haze”) and French Montana (“These Bitches”) also leave something to be desired.

For the most part, Curren$y continues churning out soulful, blunted music for his fans, and despite a few missteps, for the most part, New Jet City does not disappoint.

  Mixtape D.L.
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