Video: Curren$y – “Sidewalk Show”

By - Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Curren$y dropped a video for Sidewalk Show off his new album “Pilot Talk 3.” He is rapping in front of a wall we painted during the IOK reunion in 2007 in Cincinnati.

Curren$y performed in Columbus, Ohio last week at the Park Street Saloon. We had to go see how Curren$y was talking live, in part because he was rapping in front of a piece by 12oz friend Arel in the above video “Sidewalk Show,” and mostly because we enjoy his music.

He took the stage to “Drug Prescription” off “More Saturday Night Car Tunes.” Curren$y’s deejay, DJ Bombshell Boogie cut music out during the hook. and the packed room yelled back to the New Orleans rapper: “Like a Doctor or the Phantom the Opera.” Curren$y gave back a pleasant smirk when the feedback hit him as to say: ‘you fucking with me like you should be.’ 

Curren$y has been down everywhere. He was signed to No Limit. He did his thing with Lil Wayne, and Cash Money. Curren$y was clicked up with Mos Def and them all the while cultivating his own movement.

On stage in Ohio,  the digit uncovered the carb and Curren$y is beloved. He went through his catalog. He gave you the joints with Wayne, Wiz and the rest. Spitta did his version of “Hard In the Paint.” You got “Elevator Musik.” You got the “Michael Knight” joint.

These songs were all rocked with cold, playful humility that is somewhere between the consistency of Too Short’s hustler spirit, and Rakim’s attention to deadpan technical delivery and a low-key self-awareness to avoid being off-putting by way of audacity. Of course, with 2pac’s melody of a consistent unconcerned urgency.

Curren$y’s latest album, Pilot Talk 3 features Riff Raff, Jadakiss, Styles P, Wiz Khalifa and more over production by Ski Beats, Cool & Dre, Jungle Beats and Harry Fraud. This is one of those Nipsy Hustle style releases where it’s going to cost you $100 for the physical. Which tells me Spitta has a fan-base of hustlers that don’t necessarily need talks of everyday violence.

If you can’t afford the ticket on that one, Currensy also just dropped “Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes.”

The crowd itself in Columbus was not VIP ballers. It was rap fans of all types who definitely were out to end glaucoma and relieve anxiety with their exhales.  Curren$y presented his people with a contact lagniappe, signing autographs from the stage. Later, kicking it in the alley, he chopped it up with Supanatra from Columbus, Ohio’s own Exec Gang. 

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