Saturday, November 6, 2010

Currensy "Life At 30,000 Feet"

On Currensy’s third outing he finally proves himself a rapper worth hearing. The mixtape game at one point was all about development. I doubt you would ever hear an emcee coming out with something as rough as what we’ve already seen from the Hot Spitta. Life at 30,000 Feet is Currensy’s second mixtape with Cash Money and this time he is rocking with the family and fitting a role to a T.

Gone are the “freestyle” tags from these tracks. Sometimes he rocks over an industry beat and sometimes he has something original to hit you with. Guests vary throughout the tape but for a 27 track tape I’m not mad at the mixture of solo material with appearances from some different faces. Wayne comes through twice, Mack Maine, Top Gunz, Roddy, some guys named Joey and Daryl are also here along with a few others.

Wayne’s first verse comes over the classic Ski beat that Jay-Z owned - “Dead Presidents.” While it can never be touched, these two do not let anyone down with their writtens. Currensy spends time throughout all of his tapes rocking to many Ski beats, this is an awesome foreshadowing that we as fans should eat up.

Where the first two tapes held nothing that made me want to come back to them, this one has much that I enjoy. It’s more in line with what he is doing today, still less the regular weed talk. That is starting to creep in more and more though, don’t doubt it. He gives you “Smoke-N-Maintain” an awesome weed track, along with “Coastin’ Through The City” featuring this guy Top Gunz, who spits an awesome 16 to open the track discussing how he get’s highed up while riding through the city looking for “money and bitches.”

On that note, the influence of a conglomerate like Cash Money weighs heavy on Currensy still. It’s obvious here that he is aiming for a change, yet he knows the line he must walk to please those who hold the keys. Towards the end of the tape, he goes in on an assortment of early 90s native tongue beats and he sounds great. None of his posturing for the streets, just riding beats and flexing the art of gab that he can do with ease.

On “Galaxy Rap” he address some of the hate that has come his way and comes off honest and open. He nonchalantly dismisses the haters while continuing to push the image of being a young baller with cash, cars and girls. It’s hard to argue with. Currensy does a lot to prove himself on this record. His choice of beats to rock over and his fine walking of a line between his more gangster label mates and his laid back stoned demeanor is great.

While the first two mixtapes held tracks only the most die hard of Currensy fans need to hear, this tape features some gems for a much larger audience. You have Wayne in the Carter era here and Currensy opening up his mind to idea’s bigger than the block. His ear for a good beat is the deal breaker as you won’t be disappointed upon any track change. Roll one while this tape downloads and spark it as you press play.

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