Release Date: Jun 28, 2011
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap
It's easy to characterize Curren$y as a weed-rapper and nothing but-- Wiz Khalifa's sticky-mouthed country cousin, say, or a younger Devin the Dude with no singing voice and little sense of vulnerability. And it's true that Curren$y raps more about getting high than most people do, and that his fluid, heavy-lidded drawl does a better job evoking the experience. But Curren$y's become an interesting figure with a lot going on, and to focus on his cannabis appetite is to ignore some of the things that make him one of the more dependable working rappers.
First things first: there will not be an album in 2011 with a better title than Curren$y’s Weekend At Burnie’s. This is complete, 100 percent indisputable fact. In addition to being one of the most winkingly goofy titles in the history of recorded music, it’s a pretty great name for a Curren$y album – for him, every day is a weekend, and if you removed every single reference to weed on this album it would be reduced to a beat tape with a couple of mumbled adlibs.
As stopgap releases go, Currensy’s Weekend at Burnie's EP and/or mixtape -- it was pre-release pimped as both -- is a worthwhile distraction, offering fans of his Pilot Talk efforts a chance to hear the rapper in a different setting. Here, the setting is hard, minimal, and retro, with producer Monsta Beatz bringing the ‘80s flavor on all tracks, save for one banger from Rahki, the opening highlight “#Jetsgo. ” Guest stars are protégés and friends like Trademark, Young Roddy, and Fiend all chilling with their mentor, who proves himself the king of the chill with lazy numbers like “Still” (“You find my lighter and my grinder, it’ll be perfect ho”) and “This Is the Life” (a free-form mumbler that “drops like a Pharcyde record”).
Curren$y has been buzzing for several years now, but hasn’t been able to take his career as high as he tends to be. With Weekend at Burnie’s, Spitta continues to give his supporters what they enjoy most about him, but also shows why some still think he’s a new artist. Spitta’s most successful when he crafts melodic, laid back tracks (“What’s What,” “On G’s”), smooth enough to make fans lean without being under the influence.
You’d be hard pressed to find a rapper, or any musician, really, who doesn’t like weed. You’d also be hard pressed to find one who likes weed more than New Orleans rapper Curren$y. Flying directly in the face of most pothead clichés, he is also one of the more prolific rappers working today. After years of mixtapes, and features galore, Curren$y finally released his debut album, This Ain’t No Mixtape, in 2009.
CURRENSY “Weekend at Burnie’s” (Warner Brothers) Currensy is all about the pleasures of submersion. A weed-obsessed New Orleans native with a chunky, molassesy drawl — pronouncing “flawless” as “flaowdis,” and so on — he oozes into all available corners of a beat. It’s a hypnotic shtick and sometimes numbing. Often it can sound as if Currensy never stops rapping — tune in and he’ll be there, turn off when you feel like it, he won’t mind.
Though Curren$y has become a household name in only the past few years, the New Orleans native has paid his dues in the game for longer than that. He’s also worn many hats. Originally coming up under Master P’s No Limit Records, he made the move to Cash Money in 2004. Though Spitta’s career didn’t quite take off there either, he’s recently found his niche.