Curren$y has always been something of an enigma. He's from New Orleans, but his style can adapt like a chameleon to any beat, which allows him to shine, whether he's blazing tracks with Master P or Wiz Khalifa.
On Red Eye, Curren$y, and Jet Life members Fiend (a fellow No Limit alumn), Young Roddy and Cornerboy P each brought something unique to the table, giving the mix a sound that was a bit scattered, but ultimately made sense.
Fiend starts things off with the aptly titled "California Mornings," complementing a laid back track with his ominous baritone as he chronicles "going going back back to Cali Cali."
On "Winners Never Lose," Corner Boy P comes out swinging as he describes the sacrifice, hard work and behind-the-scenes BS that goes along with the hot 16. "Risk my freedom on these streets/put my life all in these bars/give my all in front the crowd/every chance I'm going hard," P spits.
On "Showroom 2," Curren$y breaks down his gift of gab with the ladies, laying out the timeline from day to morning after on a Cardo produced track that sounds like it could have been on an Outkast classic.
Together, despite their southern roots, Jet Life also offers surprisingly electro-West Coast moments, like the Fiend and Cornerboy P collabo "Crawfish" and the Dilla-sounding "Role Model," on which Curren$y, Fiend and Casso speak on the hustle and the fruits of success. "Green bottles, gold bottles gettin' scratch like Serato/We more Bravada than bravado/Head honcho, some of my g's coke nostrils/Since high school like, 'what you need?/S--t we got you," rapped Curren$y.
And Red Eye still offered some of that New Orleans heat to turn up with, like the "horrorcore" track "Brando" and the Fiend/Juvenile collaboration "On My Job," which serves as the perfect soundtrack to a riot, mosh pit or bar brawl.
Red Eye's versatility wasn't always a benefactor, however. Oversimplified tracks — like "Grizzly," which saw Curren$y and Young Roddy trading stories of haters and scandalous jump offs; and "She Got It Too," which can only be described as goofy — give Red Eye an incomplete feel. At times, it seems as though it might be too all over the place.
But it's endearing that Jet Life reps hard for their region. With all the inner-area beefs going on within crews these days, don't sleep on this one.
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(Photo: Jet Life Recordings)