Let that man multitask. In between bong snaps and awaiting a new episode of The Regular Show to come on New Orleans’ rapper Currren$y is also having an extensive conversation with SOTC about the scattered array of topics potheads tend to have. Like about cartoons for instance. And snacks and shit. Mostly though about how he’s has released such a high-volume of work over the last five years, that he has prompted hundreds of thousand of followers to download and attend everything that carried his Jet Life logo.
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Though much of his work rarely gets mentioned in year-end lists as candidates for best albums, songs, etc. his consistency is undeniable and his fan base, the Jet Lifers, are as unshakeable as a pack of Juggaloos when it comes to their allegiance to Mr. Shante Franklin. On his latest release, New Jet City, out yesterday, Curren$y is just looking to further cement his place in rap history and for his lighter. Ain’t nothing changed but the address.
Spitta, tell us a bit bout New Jet City and who has been contributing to it?
Jadakiss is on it. Rozay, Wiz, Styles P… My family, of course, Jet Life. Juvie is on it. And I got production from Lex Luger and Harry Fraud. This is like an album… there is no difference in how I work. This one is especially like an album though because of the producers I worked with and the artists. Usually my mixtapes are so fast and spur of the moment, [I’m recording] for two days then it’s over. But this one I had a date set in mind, for Super Bowl Sunday. Also because Smokee Robinson came out when the Saints won the Super Bowl. With that set date though it gave me a window to work with and actually reach out to people. I let some people know, didn’t get my hopes up but everybody was like “Shit yeah!” So I send shit and everyone is sending shit right back. You just look at the production and feature credits and it looks like a blockbuster album.
Since Halloween you’ve put out three projects. Sun, what the fuck?
I do EPs like when I’m just coolin’ man. Other ones it was just a matter of going through my hard drive. Priest Andretti was a lot of work that I had already. “Stainless” was for Immaculate and “Contacts,” which was supposed to be for New Jet City, I had recorded some time ago.
Speaking of recording, you seem to really enjoy the process of creating music. Like you really enjoy rapping and being in the studio.
Yeah, definitely. Some [rappers] look at what we do as work. And it is work, but for them it’s different. It kills them to do a record. They don’t like being in the studio working. They do two records in one day and may have to sleep for the next four days. I have an advantage because I like to be in the studio. It’s somewhere to go to play my music, get high, burn some incense and ain’t nobody gonna bother me.
Weed seems to be such a big part of your day to day. Do you think it puts you in a creative zone as well?
I used to think it got me in a zone. But I wrote while I was in Norway with no weed. And I think it came out pretty OK so I don’t think I need weed so much as it just enhances certain things. Like you’re just out chilling and since it’s an enhancer you just might appreciate the weather just a bit more.
[Laughs] Like in that Boondocks episode.
[Laughs] You know I love the cartoon, but I don’t fuck with it too, too tough, but I did peep that jewel. That was one of the only episodes I saw and it was hella real. Just how much better he related to people. I remember when I first started smoking I started understanding my parents better and just knew how to relate to them better.
So do you think car collecting will eventually get boring?
Hell no. No way. That’s been that way since I was a baby. I just didn’t know how I was going to get it. So I would have my mom buy all those Hot Wheels. And now I’m buying my own Hot Wheels.
That’s a lot of cars. So is that your auto body shop then that’s in some of your visuals? Must help keep maintenance costs down if it is.
Mousa was holding that down for a good minute. That was his business. Once I got straight I bought into the business. But that joint been there, he been holding that down for minute.
You’ve said Raekwon is your favorite rapper particularly because of “North Star.” That’s kind of an odd choice for a kid from the N.O.
It may be a weird choice geographically speaking but I got my music just like everybody else did and that was videos and radio. Raekwon always kept it fly. He always said the dopest shit but he dressed nice too. Always had the Nautica shit, the Polo… I just wanted to dress like Rae that was all. I didn’t have a car yet so all I had was gear. Back then that was all you needed. Maybe a chain. Ten pairs of shoes and you’d be king of the school.
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I’ve also heard you’re an Adventure Time fan. How’d you come across that?
I’ve always watched cartoons since I came in the mix. I’ve been watching Cartoon Network since Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Adventure Time was so tight because I like how far they push for that time slot that it come on. If you’re smart then you realize there’s a lot of little subtleties. But the good thing is it’s right over the heads of the age group for whom it’s catered to so they won’t run around saying what they just saw on TV. Which is perfect because if Adventure Time was on Adult Swim it might be too much. They might go too far with the content. It’s perfect where it’s at right now.
Before we go, I wanted to ask you if you have a favorite EP or mixtape or album that you’ve put out?
No because to be honest I don’t really listen to [them]. I can tell you which one of the covers I like the most… The 3 Piece Set artwork. You can’t ride around and listen to your own project for as long as it takes a person to digest some music. You gotta get back to work.