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NOW SPINNING: Curren$y Starts 2016 Strong, Releases Fourth Tape in Four Months

Curren$y Bourbon Street

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The man known for releasing a litany of quality music has come to yet another mixtape with just enough music to leave fans hoping for just a little bit more music.

Shante Scott “Curren$y” Franklin used the cannabis-culture-created holiday of April 20–“420”–as the date to release date for Bourbon Street Secrets. Executively produced by Grammy-nominated producer Purps, of the Atlanta-based production team 808 Mafia, the six-track mixtape features the smooth, laid-back sound Curren$y is known for having. Though he has a strong affinity for classic cars, shoes and smoking, among other things, Curren$y doesn’t focus on any one of those topics as he spreads his references throughout the tape.

As he is with every one of his productions, Purps is consistent with his sound, keeping it true to what fans love to hear from the New Orleans-based rapper. The standout cut on this mixtape, though you don’t have too much to choose from, goes to “Dope Boys” featuring Rick Ross. Ross, born William Leonard Roberts III,  gets the first verse on the track and brings a flow reminiscent of the one he used in the late 2000s with Deeper Than Rap. “Maybach Music 2,” “Magnificent” and even Teflon Don‘s “Aston Martin Music” all have similar-styled verses from the 40-year-old Floridian rapper.

Cathedral
Curren$y’s “Cathedral” cover

The rest of the tape solidifies Curren$y’s ability to create music without the need of a feature to help. It seems as though more artists are moving forward with this notion recently as many prefer to establish a name–however, in this case Curren$y makes smoking music for himself and fans to enjoy as he’s already established. With his fourth mixtape in four months, Curren$y is ensuring his 2016 is strong as he only released one mixtape, Cathedral, and two studio albums in 2015. Stream the mixtape below and judge it for yourself.

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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