Curren$y – New Jet City [Mixtape Review]

“There’s a difference between a plan and a scheme/

Make sure your crew all true to the same things…”

– New Jet City

I think it’s safe to say that Curren$y is one of the hardest working emcees in the game at this point. Last year alone he dropped two albums, Muscle Car Chronicles and The Stoned Immaculate; four EPs, (Here…, #The1rst28, Cigarette Boats and 3 Piece Set); and one collaboration album, Jet World Order 2. That’s more tracks in a year than many artists have on their entire rap sheet! I have no idea how he works with this much consistency, I’m just happy to see Spitta continuing his output in 2013 with his latest, New Jet City.  Since its release on Superbowl Sunday (fuck a Baltimore Raven, go Niners), I’ve been bumping it in my tape deck for more than a week straight, and if you don’t have it yet, cop it here, for free.

There isn’t much to say about New Jet City that you wouldn’t expect from Spitta Andretti: weed, women, and automobiles are all very much in attendance. The tape’s introduction, the self-titled ‘New Jet City’ is a fantastic mood setter for the next thirteen tracks as Curren$y vengefully reminds listeners where he has come from, where he is currently, and why he plans to stay winning in this rap game:

I never hustled with no lames, why would I begin?

I’m surviving in the game where many don’t win, but

loser ain’t my name, mane, that’s one of them, I’m

gripping woodgrain got a joint of full strength,

Listenin’ to Max B., wishing’ he was free,

but he not, so we smoke a whole ounce for Gang Green

As an introduction, the song ‘New Jet City’ set’s a laid back, yet almost fiery tone that suggests Curren$y may be progressing himself as an artist. Several tracks on New Jet City are testament to this growth including ‘Coolie in the Cut,’ ‘Bitch Get Up,’ ‘These Bitches,’ and ‘Choosin’, which all give off a more energetic, trappy vibe than we are used to hearing from Spitta. Luckily, these new influences (blame it on Young Chop?) don’t really detract from Curren$y staying in his regular musical lane with the slower tempo,  chilled-out cuts like ‘Clear,’ ‘Sixteen Switches Part 2,’ ‘Three 60,’ and ‘Moe Chettah.’  Overall on this tape, Spitta is able to experiment a bit, raising his music’s energy at times, while still returning to the lazy-flowing roots that have made him an underground favorite in today’s Hip-Hop climate.

Out of fourteen tracks on the project, there are pretty much only two or three songs that don’t have just as much replay value to me. Even with his choice of features Curren$y succeeds on this tape. New York lyrical heavyweights Jadakiss and Styles P both make appearances, as well as a phenomenal feature from the former leading artist of Cash Money Records, Juvenille. Less notably, a hot Trinidad James and Juicy J also do their thing on features. Spitta really came through and shut it down with this one. I don’t know about you, but I plan on twisting up to some New Jet City for weeks to come.