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This past halloween, a mix of Snicker bars and peanut M&M’s were not the only treats that left a good taste in my mouth. New Orleans’s native rapper Curren$y chose to give his listeners a fresh, new mixtape to add to their collection. His new mixtape, Priest Andretti is his most recent work since his previous album released on June fifth. The Stoned Immaculate was Curren$y’s eighth album and was released through Warner Bros. Records. Curren$y has collaborated with many other artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T, and Mos Def.
His Priest Andretti mixtape makes the listener feel as though he or she is walking down the street in the seventies and is hearing that soulful music pour out of speakers in the neighborhood. Every song in the collection begins with a short sample from Gordon Parks’s 1972 hit movie Super Fly. The funky, seventies vibe is present in many songs on the mixtape. The head-bopping, foot-tapping beats are consistent throughout Priest Andretti. Curren$y draws the distinction between himself and other rappers with his consistency throughout each production. He is not simply spittin’ some words in your direction, but he, along with his friends, are telling stories that always keeps the listener engaged with the material with the funky, bass-powered beats playing under his statements.
One song from the tape that is playing on repeat in my mind is entitled “For Seasons.” As I first played this song, I was confused as to why my walls and dressers were shaking. I figured that there was just another little Boston earthquake. I was mistaken. The low bass in the song was shaking my room, and pleased me for investing in subwoofers for my small college dorm. Along with the bass, there are catchy, orchestral loops that harmonize very well with the drum kicks and bass. The classical samples hint as to why the song is named “For Seasons” by being similarly titled to “Four Seasons” by the composer Vivaldi. The song was not a solo act. King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper) tag teams with Curren$y in the tune.
When listening to this mixtape, I feel as though the songs get better and better as the collection progresses. After enjoying seeing him perform at DC’s 9:30 club during this year’s Smoker’s Club Tour, I feel as though his November 8th visit to Boston’s House of Blues should be on my to-do list. Hopefully, he will spit some rhymes from his new mixtape Priest Andretti.