This New Orleans MC (and former Lil Wayne protégé) has celebrated his move to a new label by darkening up his trademark weed-rap, backing his hazy musings with gritty, paranoid production that's more New York than NoLa. Curren$y's topics — cars, kush, and cash — are familiar and repetitive, but his intricate, stream-of-consciousness narratives come with varied flows. Sample-dicer Alchemist is the maestro here, lacing Covert Coup with tumbling chops of obscure soul and dusty space-funk.
One thing about the New Orleans rapper Curren$y: He's adaptable. In a decade-long career, he's played a staggering number of roles: Serving as foot soldier in Master P's fading No Limit empire, standing in Lil Wayne's shadow during that man's historic mid-00s run, striking out on his own and building himself to cult-favorite status on a series of weed-and-sneaker-addled solo mixtapes, inhabiting Ski Beatz' sumptuous psychedelic-soul production on last year's two great Pilot Talk albums. And now that he's established himself as one of the stars of an ascendant Internet-friendly stoner-rap scene, he's giving himself a new challenge, pairing up with the producer Alchemist for the online giveaway Covert Coup.
With the pushed back release of Muscle Car Chronicles, Curren$y gave his fans an extra reason to celebrate the holiday with the 4/20 free release of Covert Coup, a project produced entirely by The Alchemist. While Spitta preps the release of his upcoming 2011 retail projects MCC and Pilot Talk III, Covert Coup hits its mark, behind a producer-rapper match made in the clouds.. It’s a daunting task for a beatsmith to mesh as well with Curren$y as Ski Beatz, but Alan the Chemist proves up to the task.