12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fire in the Clouds comes to us in the same calendar year we’ve received no less than four separate Curren$y EPs— clearly, the New Orleans native and decade-plus rap veteran has still got plenty to say. This time he’s teamed up with Drupey Beats, a frequent collaborator whose production lends itself to the instrument-heavy, blues-influenced style UGK’s late legend Pimp C famously described as “country-rap tunes.” The friendly-neighborhood-stoner vibe is fully intact here, as is the rapper’s unique ability to set a scene—which he does at the outset of Larry June collab “Pay Scale,” with visions of eating “chicken fried rice in the back of the Phantom” while his brother’s “in the venue still macking the dancers.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fire in the Clouds comes to us in the same calendar year we’ve received no less than four separate Curren$y EPs— clearly, the New Orleans native and decade-plus rap veteran has still got plenty to say. This time he’s teamed up with Drupey Beats, a frequent collaborator whose production lends itself to the instrument-heavy, blues-influenced style UGK’s late legend Pimp C famously described as “country-rap tunes.” The friendly-neighborhood-stoner vibe is fully intact here, as is the rapper’s unique ability to set a scene—which he does at the outset of Larry June collab “Pay Scale,” with visions of eating “chicken fried rice in the back of the Phantom” while his brother’s “in the venue still macking the dancers.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
Jef'free

JETS!!!!!

Bangin in my 392 HEAVY!!! Mad love from Detroit BroBro!

Rell_13

Pure Excellence

Listen... This is BOSS music at its most concentrated form. Don’t be surprised if you listen and all of a sudden develop a taste for the finer things in life. You will find yourself working harder, and trying to own all of your accomplishments. Spitta you have no idea how much I appreciate every time you drop! More motivational than a self development tape, and the music quality never drops. Haven’t missed a tape since I heard New Jet City some years back EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS 🔥🔥🔥. My favorite music in the WORLD!👊🏾

HalfBakedGenius

This album feels just like the cover

You flying on this private jet getting baked out making boss moves 20,000 + all while listening to this fire ahhh album. 😂🔥

About Curren$y

Thanks to his smart lyrics, the Louisiana-based Curren$y landed a label deal in 2003, but it took three labels and seven years of underground releases before the rapper made his official debut. Born Shante Anthony Franklin and raised in New Orleans, Curren$y was originally signed to Master P's No Limit label, but in 2005 he made the move to Lil Wayne and Birdman's Cash Money imprint, Young Money. He appeared on Wayne's Tha Carter II album that same year, and in 2006, Curren$y's "Where da Cash At" single was released -- both on its own and as part of Wayne's Dedication 2 mixtape -- but a promised album never materialized. Not one to sit idle, Curren$y started Fly Society with professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy in 2007. The brand was originally planned as a line of apparel, but evolved into a music label as the rapper's relationship with Young Money soured. After leaving the label at the end of 2007 with Fly Society in tow, a series of underground mixtapes appeared before Curren$y hooked up with the digital-only Amalgam Digital for the early 2009 release This Ain't No Mixtape. The relationship continued that October with the download-only Jet Files, but in early 2010 he joined the Def Jam family via Damon Dash's DD172 imprint. With the label's in-house producer Ski Beatz handling most of the production on both, Curren$y's Pilot Talk album appeared in July of that year, with Pilot Talk II landing in 2010. The stopgap release Weekend at Burnie's followed in 2011, with the retro backing tracks coming from producer Monsta Beatz. Beatz, along with the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Pharrell, was back for the rapper's 2012 street release, The Stoned Immaculate. In 2015, the album Pilot Talk III was released on a $100.00 USB key made available from the rapper's Jet Life website, while the EP Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes landed through more traditional distribution channels. That same year, the "Bottom of the Bottle" single featuring Lil Wayne and August Alsina appeared right before the release of Canal Street Confidential, an album where the MC toured and road-tested the songs before he decided on the final track list. In 2016, the rapper issued over a dozen mixtapes, including collaborative efforts with the Alchemist (The Carrollton Heist), Purps (Bourbon Street Secrets), and Sledgren (Revolver). The self-releases continued into 2017, with the Jetlanta EP and The Fo20 Massacre. ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
New Orleans, LA
BORN
April 4, 1981

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