It's a smoggy smoke-filled evening inside New York City's SOBs as Curren$y packs the venue for a sold-out show. The New Orleans Spitta was ready to dust off his catalog of hits, selecting titles from both his albums and from his myriad of mixtapes for a performance punctuated by guest features.
Openers G.R.A.M.Z., G-Two and Chase N. Cashe and Dave East drop singles and rap battles to warm up the crowd as hip-hop heads continue to file in. Action Bronson lingers by the bar in the back like he owns the place, casually extending high-fives to those who recognize him. One stoked fan greeted him by reaching out and respectfully touching his beard, which he didn't seem to mind in the least.
The DJ takes the stage to set up, dropping cuts such as "Airborne Aquarium" from 2010's "Pilot Talk II" and several others before Curren$y arrives, occasionally cutting out the beat to give the energized crowd a chance to rap along. Slowly striding on stage to "Feelin' Like" with blunts in hands and an eager reception from the crowd, Curren$y launches into his set with "Smoke Break," "Full Metal", and "Ways to Kill Em," three cuts from three different albums.
On stage, Curren$y trades the laid-back and slightly off-tempo style heard on his recordings for a much more expressive and energetic persona, all the while maintaining his signature slurred style of rapping. As he glides through the setlist, he opts to let the DJ drop the beat towards the end of many of his songs, relying on just his voice to carry the crowd through tunes like "King Kong" and "Famous."
Midway through the show he hands a mic to Maybach Music Group's Stalley, who was chilling idly sidestage nearly the entire show, to perform their joint hit "Address" from Curren$y's 2010 album, "Pilot Talk."
"So there's a couple mother f**kers that have been messin' mouth me for some years, you can't fake it if you know this song," Spitta said before dropping "Elevator Musik" from his debut 2009 album "This Ain't No Mixtape."
After rapping through "High Tunes" and "Smoke Sumthin" from Curren$y's DJ Drama-hosted mixtape, "Verde Terrace," the crowd is treated to another guest spot. Action Bronson, to the warm reception of the crowd, took the stage to rap "Bird On a Wire," his single featuring Riff Raff. Keeping in line with Curren$y's theme of the evening, the beat cut away leaving Bronson to rap the last verses of the song without any musical accompaniment.
There's another break in the set where much to the surprise of the audience (and Curren$y as well, judging from his reaction) as he invites Lupe Fiasco and Mickey Factz up to the stage. "I'm not announcing nobody, but goddamnit if motherf**kin Lupe Fiasco and Mickey Factz comin' to my sh*t, at least let them up here!" he said. Neither performed -- apparently the pair had just dropped in and Curren$y was quick to reminisce on stage about when he and Factz shared the cover of XXL's freshman class back in 2009.
Curren$y drops "Showroom" from "Stoned Immaculate" as the duo leave the stage then taunts the crowd, "I thought y'all wanted to go home, don't want to waste your time with these extra songs" before Smoke DZA, donning a neon yellow coat, takes to the stage to rap "Mirrors" from the mixtape "Cigarette Boats." An audible "la musica de Harry Fraud" from the DJ tips the audience to the producer behind this and the next track as he glides into "Sixty-Seven Turbo Jet," a track from the same record.
The hour-long set wrapped up with Curren$y's banger "Michael Knight," arguably his most popular track from his 2010 release "Pilot Talk II" '
"Y'all are too f**kin cool, man. That's my time, but I ain't goin' nowhere," he states before abruptly leaving the stage, a nod to his prolific release schedule.
Curren$y's set in its entirety can be viewed here: http://new.livestream.com/sobs/currensy