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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$y is representing the Saints Super Bowl win. Also, you see right on the album art that Don Cannon did the mixing. This isn't the first time that I have written about Don Cannon, so I would stay up on what he's putting out.......or you can keep checking boywithstick.com and see some of the new work from Cannon....Cannon....Cannon. There are some tracks that remix classic Dr. Dre/Snoop, Ice Cube and NWA with a Curren$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".

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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.

Links

Curren$y on MySpace

Curren$y on Twitter

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