Review | Curren$y – Pilot Talk III

Curren$y returns with the third instalment of his much revered Pilot Talk series, picking up from where he left off in his usual, unique style. Since he began his Pilot Talk series back in 2010, Spitta Andretti has quietly built a solid and loyal following, consolidating his status as underground Hip Hop royalty. His prolific and consistent output has comprised of some outstanding work, including the aforementioned Pilot Talk, Pilot Talk II that also came in 2010, but also comprising of; Covert Coup (2011), Weekend At Burnie’s (2011), The Stoned Immaculate (2012) as well as the collaborative EP, Live In Concert (2013) with Wiz Khalifa.

Curren$y’s successful run continues with Pilot Talk III, as he comfortably reprises his position commentating on his Jet Life journeys, despite the five years it has been since the series’ original inception. As has been the case with the previous two Pilot Talk chapters, production comes primarily from Ski Beatz, with distinguished producers such as Harry Fraud, Cool & Dre and Jahlil Beats also making contributions.

On ‘Opening Credits’, Curren$y gives listeners an insight into his journey up to this point, using the brief introduction to touch on subjects such as being featured on the XXL Freshman cover in 2009 and failed business ventures with Dame Dash, with the soulful production raising the curtain perfectly. This leads into ‘Long As The Lord Say’, which acts as the first of many archetypal Curren$y/Ski Beatz collaborations on the project that shadow the definitive Pilot Talk sound. Also included on this list are ‘Search Party’, ‘Get Down’ and the first single from the album, ‘Briefcase’. Curren$y, in his distinctive manner, uses his vocal delivery to slide across the production effortlessly. Another series returns within the album as Curren$y supplies the fifth batch of drug related metaphors via ‘Audio Dope 5’, within which he compares the reaction to his music to “Sleeping outside for it, like they waiting on Jordans”. He cleverly puts together metaphorical comparisons to his work being addictive drugs to the listener’s ears, likening the construction of his compositions to drug-like alchemy.

‘Cargo Planes’, is Curren$y in self-proclaimed “boss mode” as he delivers one of his strongest lyrical performances on the project. The sinister production from Joey Fatts lets Spitta talk that talk in a sterner tone than usual, though still allowing his laid back cadence to filter through. Wiz Khalifa drops a verse on ‘The 560 SL’ reuniting with his regular partner in rhyme, though this is Khalifa’s first appearance on the Pilot Talk collection. The duo produce their best work together on the aforesaid track, recreating the synergy formed on their 2009 mixtape, How Fly. Other noteworthy guest appearances come from first Jadakiss on ‘Pot Jar’ and then his D-Block associate, Styles P on ‘Alert’. Both supply solid verses, as we’ve come to expect from the veteran MC’s.

The consistency in both the quantity and the quality of Curren$y’s work is to be commended, putting him alongside the likes of Big K.R.I.T. in that respect, gradually earning the respect that his efforts warrant. Though he briefly swam in the mainstream with The Stoned Immaculate, it seems Curren$y feels more comfortable soaking in the adoration of his underground recognition.

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