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Curren$y: Canal Street Confidential [PA] *

Track List

>Drive By - (featuring Future)
>How High - (featuring Lloyd)
>What's Up - (featuring K Camp)
>Winning - (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
>Bottom of the Bottle - (featuring Lil Wayne/August)
>Superstar - (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
>All wit' My Hands
>Game, The
>Str8 - (featuring Corner Boy P/Fiend)

Album Notes

An artist with plenty of mixtapes and street releases -- and many of them are linked conceptually -- any single entry in Curren$y's work is best seen as part of a continuum, with this 2015 LP being a bit of an odd duck. It's his first major-label album in over three years, although it's not a heavy influence and just seems to impact singles like "Bottom of the Bottle," where the production is immaculate, the August Alsina hook is lush, and Lil Wayne offers "I'm gonna give her somethin' to choke on" in stark contrast to the smooth jazz guitars underneath. There's no R. Kelly or T-Pain in sight as the superstars are worthy stoners like Future and Wiz Khalifa, who both perfectly lock with their host on their respective cuts, meaning the main motivator isn't the major-label money. Instead, Curren$y came off a tour and noticed his fans appreciated both his stoned and his "up" numbers, and he just didn't have enough of the latter. As such, producer Purps got to work and put down a handful of productions that sound like the usual soaring Curren$y stuff but injected with some '90s R&B, as if LeVert remixes are the hot new bootlegs. Singer Lloyd is a perfect choice for this atmosphere, and helps make "How High" a highlight, while the marquee MC does fine delivering lines with a -- gasp -- more clear-headed and direct style, sometimes coming close to Lil B territory while still making it his own. It's another lark from a man who has taken plenty of them before, and while some may look to his major-label efforts for the more well-rounded LPs, they can check the Pilot Talk series for that kind of breadth, and appreciate Canal Street Confidential for the sharp and well-executed idea that it is. ~ David Jeffries


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