Curren$y can never stay away from recording for too long and it’s that consistent work ethic that has made him a favorite among a widespread and gentrified fan base. The leader of the Jets’ latest mixtape, New Jet City, looks to deliver more of the rapper’s effective smoker ballads with a few alternative offerings and popular collaborators that differ from his previous catalog.
New Jet City takes off with Curren$y strolling over the mixtape’s intro cool and confident as ever. Doing what he does best, the New Orleans native sells a lifestyle in the lap of luxury, spitting, "High quality rhymes earn these wages, allowing me to make wages double your life savings." Spitta continues to address his money-chasing ways throughout the tape, best exhibited by cuts like "More Chetta" where he cleverly raps, "Shake the devil off, angel on the hood in that, lookin’ good in that ride you would’ve had if you was this good in rap."
The New Orleans native balances the guest book on NJC, with both big names and his own Jet Life crew making multiple appearances. The prime example of the former is "Choosin’," a posse cut featuring Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross. The record's brooding adrenaline is fitting for the triumvirate and comes courtesy of producer Lex Luger. The mildly-aggressive composition creates the right ambiance for all three artists to play to their strengths and keep the energy cohesive. Ross steals the show with lines like, "’I’m talkin’ the facts of life / Can I just have a slice? / Best seats at the game, ‘Bron having a night."
If there’s a style of rap in which Curren$y excels in its lackadaisical flows over mid-tempo scores; the kind that make you want to put one in the air or at the very least make you imagine that you’re that guy or gal whose face we never see in those Corona commercials. "Three 60" is undoubtedly one of those records. Trippy but not trippin’, Curren$y seamlessly weaves together rhymes about designer sweatpants and leather interiors in the whip. Juicy J complements Spitta by bouncing more easy pimpin’ lyrics over the tropical soundtrack.
Some of NJC’s less impressive efforts include the Young Roddy and Styles P-assisted "Drive" and "These B-----s" with French Montana. The fault, however, doesn’t fall with Spitta Andretti as much as it does with his guests. In the case of "Drive," mediocre verses from Roddy (who later redeems himself on "New Program") and Styles add to the disappointment of an unambitious hook and underwhelming production.
New Jet City has a few mechanical failures, but for the most part delivers Curren$y in his element on many tracks worth keeping in the flight manifest. And while the project isn’t cohesive enough to make it one of Curren$y’s best, fans of the Jet Life capo should enjoy more of the big bank narratives and habitual smoke raps they’ve grown accustomed to.
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