Smokee Robinson

Smokee Robinson, Curren$y, 2010

Curren$y was new to me before this summer. I caught wind of him when he was added to the roster for the 2010 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (BKHF). For reasons that I would rather not talk about, I wasn't able to make it to the full day under the Brooklyn Bridge. Needless to say, I wasn't happy, but I didn't get to see Curren$y perform at the BKHF. On my way from Long Island to Brooklyn, I heard the song that Mos Def produced for Curren$y on Pilot Talk and I had to do some digging to pick up some of his music. Just to be clear. On Hot 97, Funk Flex was doing his thing with Curren$y's song and it caught my attention. Anyway, I picked up Pilot Talk a this summer and its permanently in my rotation.  For anyone that is wondering, I will be writing about music that I think is good and I won't worry about if it is new or not.  New isn't always better and I'm sure I can turn on the radio to prove my point...."oh you flashy huh?".  I rest my case....

Smokee Robinson was released around the beginning of 2010. As you can see above, Curren$y is representing the Saints Super Bowl win. Also, you see right on the album art that Don Cannon did the mixing. This isn't the first time that I have written about Don Cannon, so I would stay up on what he's putting out.......or you can keep checking and see some of the new work from Cannon....Cannon....Cannon. There are some tracks that remix classic Dr. Dre/Snoop, Ice Cube and NWA with a Curren$y's southern twist. Some of the featured mc's are Chip Tha Ripper, Big Sean, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle and Wiz Khalifa.

Curren$y shows some versatility on this album, but he has a smooth, somewhat monotone, nasal signature voice reminiscent of the Clipse. Smokee Robinson introduced me to Curren$y's style that revolves around fashion, smoking weed, jet setting and some other topics that leaves his door open him up to a more commercial market. Since he talks about smoking weed so openly, I think it will prevent him from taking a more commercial direction. Some probably think that Snoop is an example that contradicts what I just said, but Snoop has calmed down with all that. On Pilot Talk, he says something about not f-ing with record labels because they won't let him smoke weed in the meetings. I could see him blowing up or being a consistent presence in the underground scene. I'm curious to see where his career takes him, but there are a lot of solid tracks on this album. Below, I listed 14 of 22 tracks as the top tracks. The track that I posted below is Mazaltov. Mazaltov has a dusty vocals, cool/smooth beat and a Notrious B.I.G. sample that "make(s) it hot".


Top Tracks

Jordan 3's, Reset, Racing Stripes, 17.5 Cannons, Yet Another Story, Don't Fucks With Them, Monte Carlo, Real Mufuggin Jets, 187 On A Beat, Damier Doobies, Mazaltov, Audio Dope, Life Under The Scope and Vision.


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