Curren$y has had a championship-level independent career after his few attempts at the mainstream went sour. The Louisiana native was first signed to Master P’s No Limit Records. Two years later, he joined the Cash Money/Young Money roster and snagged a highly coveted guest spot on Lil Wayne’s Carter II. When no album materialized, Spitta later teamed up with Dame Dash, before breaking away to create an empire that was all his own: Jet Life.
2010 marked a big year for Curren$y, gracing the prestigious XXL Freshmen List and releasing the critically acclaimed Pilot Talk, that would become his own Carter series of sorts. Both installments of Pilot Talk were well received and Spitta just dropped part 3, perfecting his trifecta of stoner rhymes and dreams.
Since embarking on independence, Curren$y has carved a distinct lane for himself that never strays from weed, women and rides and includes releasing massive amounts of music that barely anyone in hip-hop can keep up with. But through his Jet Life Recordings label, he’s been able to develop a cult-like following of THC aficionados who love to get lifted with paper planes and Spitta’s music. Among his devotees also features some of the most respected rappers in the game and Pilot Talk 3 enlists Riff Raff, Wiz Khalifa, J Townsend, Jadakiss and Styles P.
“Opening Credits” feels like it starts somewhere in the middle of the story and really it does. Spitta lays his musical career’s trials and tribulations all out on the table. “Then I tried to start a business with Damon/ Charged that to the game, learned some thangs.” The soulful sample blends with Spitta’s laid-back cadence and begins the druggy vibes that are at the core of Pilot Talk.
Riff Raff joins Curren$y for “Froze” over a “La musica de Harry Fraud” creation and delivers a verse that can only be categorized as abysmal. Luckily Spitta takes the wheel and illuminates the pounding beat with his effortless flow. Although Wiz and Curren$y consistently create bangers together and “The 560 SL” is no different, Spitta shines brightest on the album when he partners with members of D-Block. Remaining true to his movement yet acting as a chameleon, Curren$y brilliantly evokes New York on “Pot Jar,” making Jada’s iconic entrance call/adlibs pure gold. Styles P also sounds incredible on the closing track “Alert” and the trippy and planes inspired production the ideal soundscape for both emcees to spit flames.
Although the fifteen-track album contains some fillers that don’t provide any contextual variation, Pilot Talk 3 is no disappointment. There’s something remarkable about the fact that Spitta has created an impressive career out of his genuine lifestyle and experiences. Nothing about his rhymes feel fabricated and that’s what is so alluring about his flow. Whether he’s describing his new old-school car purchases, rolling up with your girl or chain smoking paper planes, Curren$y keeps it real and that’s why he will always have a place in hip-hop.