You’ve got to hand it to Curren$y. The way he’s risen to a certain level of stardom on his own terms in a time where music fans are accustomed to free access to music is commendable. Say what you want about his subject manner or supposed lack thereof, but Curren$y knows his lane and caters to his fanbase every time he drops a new project. If you’re a fan of his work, he truly puts out enough free music to make a listener feel like they should spring for an iTunes purchase when a Pilot Talk LP comes about.
That being said, Priest Andretti, like a lot of recent releases from Curren$y, seems to represent a level of comfort the artist has reached. After a few listens, I realized that very few highlights stood out to me. It wasn’t that the music was low quality, because it wasn’t. Aside from the annoying audio clips from The Mack interspersed throughout and usually at the beginning of a track (shoot me), the mixtape is relatively solid in terms of some decent riding music.
Curren$y’s taste in Jet Life Recordings signees is also a bit flawed to me. While Young Roddy is a young MC I look forward to hearing more of, Trademark (I think he got rid of that ridiculous ‘Da Skydiver’ suffix that used to be part of his name) is boring and listening to a Fiend verse is maddening, especially when you consider the fact that most of the songs he appears on would have been pretty good without his input. If I could hop in the Delorean and go back to 2010 or 2011, I’d bring the Spitta we know from the Pilot Talk album and Covert Coup mixtape, an artist who had grown but was still hungry enough to make outstanding songs. I haven’t given up yet, though.
Money Machine II x Curren$y