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The Stoned Immaculate
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
New Orleans emcee Curren$y is one rapper that will never be accused of selling out. Despite his breakthrough in 2009, Curren$y actually has been around for about a decade. He was originally signed to No Limit Records and a few years later to Cash Money Records- but struggled with creative differences between both labels. In 2009, he decided to go the independent route with his albums "This Ain't No Mixtape" and "Jet Files". The following year, he became linked with an unlikely ally- former Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash, who brought him to his new label DD172. It was there he released his most critically acclaimed projects to date: "Pilot Talk" and its follow-up "Pilot Talk II". He also appeared on "Pilot Talk" producer Ski Beatz' "24 Hour Karate School". In 2011, he inked a major label deal with Warner Bros. Records and released the free album "Covert Coup", which was produced by The Alchemist. Later on in the year, he released his second Warner Bros. album, the Monsta Beatz produced "Weekend At Burnie's". While Curren$y has made a commitment to staying underground, his next project would be an exploration into commerical stardom.

In June 2012, he released his new album "The Stoned Immaculate". His newest recording boasts some rather big names on the production as well as collaboration front. He gets help from producers such as J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige), Bink (Jay-Z, Lost Boyz, Blackstreet), The Neptunes and Tha Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger. While this album is a clear attempt at being radio friendly, not much has really changed in style and sound for Curren$y. Look no further than his duet with Wale on "What It Look Like" as well as the synth heavy "Privacy Glass". He gets appearances from singer Marsha Ambrosius on "Take You There", 2 Chainz on "Capitol" and Pharrell Williams on "Chasin' Papers". He also reunites with Wiz Khalifa on "No Squares" as well as on the Big K.R.I.T. produced "My Life". He brings in proteges Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy for the chorus on "Armoire" and newcomer Corner Boy P on "Sunroof". While he does the usual on here, he does step out of character on a few songs where he talks about relationships. He reminisces over an old flame on "Chandelier" and duets with British singer Estelle on "That's The Thing", where he struggles to keep a relationship together. Overall, Curren$y's "The Stoned Immaculate" is a pretty good album, despite the blatant move for a mainstream audience. While it does look a little sketchy on paper, his new album is worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2012
Shante "Curren$y" Franklin has maybe the best butter drawl ever put on tape over beats, his verses melting over soulful, often-funky beats not at all unlike how Snoop's words did back when Dr. Dre and The D.O.C. were still holding his hand. His background set in NOLA's famous Third Ward - home not only all the big No Limit Records names from the late 90s, but also Louis Armstrong and Dr. John - Curren$y has always had a lot of real life fodder, and thus a lot to say, on his records. As his ear for production gets stronger and stronger, and his drawl more endearing, expectations for Franklin grow, so much so that his fans now stand almost no chance of being satisfied with Stoned Immaculate, Curren$y's first major release through Warner Bros. and most ambitious record yet.

Three of his last four albums, all of which were released in the last two or so years, already considered to be minor modern classics, Curren$y decided to switch up his formula for his major debut. Each of those four records were short, recorded in a matter of days, light on the guests spots and, more or less, produced by one beatmaker. Stoned couldn't be more different. It's not that the record is long or even overly complex, but it's definitely a big project album. Lots of guests, lots of producers and lots of verses and hooks and styles. Rather than taking two days to record like, say, last year's great Weekend at Burnie's did, Stoned was recorded over several months, Franklin even having to utilize the Powers-That-Be at Warners to make some of the needed connections. The result is a diverse, detailed album that, while still a solid display of Franklin's vocal ability, feels far less cohesive than Burnie's or the two Pilot Talk installments. Summer classics, those.

As is always the case with Curren$y, repeat listens do reward. No, you likely won't love Stoned like you maybe did Franklin's other recent recordings, but there's much here to grab on to if you like low-key, soul-influenced hip-hop records with, again, butter vox. And, of course, with each Curren$y disc you get at least that one new classic. In this case, that song is the Tone-P-produced "Chandelier," a hook-heavy track that sees Curren$y really stepping up his storytelling game. Another big standout, and possible new hip-hop classic, is "Sunroof," produced by Curren$y regular Monsta Beatz. Like most of the tracks Curren$y selects, the otherwise good production features thin, tinny, slap drums. Unfortunate.

So no, Stoned Immaculate isn't the new hip-hop classic so many hoped it would be. What made past Curren$y discs so great was the simplicity and cohesiveness of the records. Here we have 12 guest vocalists and 11 producers over 13 tracks. Gag. Franklin doesn't even open up his own album, leaving that duty to lesser emcee Wale, who dominates the first track from the jump. Big mistake. Hopefully Franklin gets over the new power that accompanied his first real major label contract and refocuses himself. Personally, I'd like to see the guy do a short album with no guest vocalists and one producer. Might I suggest Organized Noize, Madlib or even No I.D., who produced the whole of last year's criminally underrated new Common album, The Dreamer / The Believer? Something tells me the lukewarm reaction to this just-decent-enough disc will put a fire under Franklin's stoner ass. Regardless, he remains one of the best mainstream emcees currently releasing records, and Stoned Immaculate has some good summertime stoner jams.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
Pleasantly surprised on the first "studio" release. Curren$y steps out of his comfort zone on several track with good results
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Curren$y is a rapper who has been around since 2002, but hasn't really gained much success in the mainstream although he has started to make a name for himself as a major rapper in the hip hop scene. Curren$y is a stoner rapper who has a laidback flow and is rumoured to have lungs that would make Wiz Khalifa seem like a rookie. I wasn't really expecting much going into this album since I hadn't heard much about Curren$y going into the album, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised with what I heard.

The Stoned Immaculate is the 8th abum from Curren$y, but is his first album as a member of a major label and not as an idependant artist. With his label debut Spitta keeps the formula he has mastered over his independant releases and creates a well rounded album. As long as you are not annoyed by Curren$y's slower flow you should enjoy this new release from Spitta. The album kicks off great with the lead single from the album, What It Look Like Ft. Wale. The harp strings, piano keys and strings creates a great soulful beat which Wale and Curren$y both shine on and starts off the album on a great note. Privacy Glass and Amoire are the two following tracks which both are solid tracks although the first of the two impresses more with a smooth beat and some good lines from Spitta. Take You There comes next and has a great hook to go along with some calm lines from Curren$y which is what his fans have grown to love him for. ShowRoom and Capitol are both smooth tracks from Spitta although Capitol is ruined by a verse from 2 Chainz, which otherwise has a really smooth beat which I loved to go along with a laid back hook and verses from Spitta.

No Squares Ft. Wiz Khalifa is a track between the two most popular stoner rappers which brags about the success which both have achieved and is another quality track on the album. Sunroof follows which is a below average song which has a pretty wierd beat. My favorite song from the album comes next in Chasin' Papers Ft. Pharell which features a great Pharell beat and hook as well as featuring some of Spitta's best verses on the album. Two more standout tracks follow in That's The Thing Ft. Estelle and Chandelier which are both smooth tracks with impressive verses to be found on both tracks along with a good hook. Fast Cars Faster Women was the worst track I heard on the album although the featured artist Daz delivers a good verse on the song. The second single, Jet Life follows which is a standout track with a good hook from Big K.R.I.T. The three bonus tracks on the deluxe version only delivered one song which I enjoyed with the final track J.L.R. which had a really smooth woodwind instrumental beat in the background.

With his major label debut album delivers a nice smooth laid back rap album which has a more refined sound than any of his previous albums. Older fans of Curren$y will not be dissapointed with this album which should atract new fans to Spitta as well who it looks like did not change his style when he signed to the major label Warner Bros. The Stoned Immaculate is a good album from Curren$y with majestic production and good laid back rapping from Spitta which gets 3 1/2 stars.

Top Tracks: What It Look Like, Chasin' Papers, Jet Life, Take You There, That's The Thing, Privacy Glass
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
Curren$y's second album on WEA, The Stoned Immaculate came out at just the right time for the summer of 2012. I was able to hear the album a few days before it's release and see a few videos for the album. Unlike the past few albums and mixtapes, he aims for commercial sounding style of production rather than the mellow style that he had on the past albums. While not too commercial as in such as heard on the radio, but the production here can appeal to a larger audience and he can flow just as good as on it. Another big difference is unlike Weekend at Burnies, he has a more wider selection of guests here rather than just his homeboys from the Jet Life crew (ie. Trademark and Young Roddy). With this album expect a slight difference in the way it flows compared to the previous ones he has made.

The first song is the first single "What It Look Like" featuring Wale, as a great starter for the album. Following that is "Privacy Glass" is pretty hot. One thing I noticed about this album is that Curren$y rhymes less about smoking and more about females. Expect a few songs about them on this album as well such as "Privacy Glass". "Armoire" has a great beat and features Trademark and Young Roddy on the hook. Thankfully that is the only time we will get to hear them on this album (not saying that they are bad but I just gotten tired of them). J.U.S.T.I.C.E League produces the next track "Take You There" featuring Marsha Ambrosius. Obviouslly telling that she is on the song it's aimed for a commercial style track, which is overall good just by the way it sounds. The next track "Showroom" has that older sounding style that Curren$y uses on his previous albums. "Capitol" features 2 Chains and its a pretty hot track as well as the video for the song. "No Squares" has him colaborating with his old parter in rhyme Wiz Khalifa for a hot track. The next track "Sunroof" with Cornerboy P another member of the Jet Life family is pretty solid but not as rememerable as the other tracks. "Chasing Papers" and "Thats The Thing" has odd colaborations with Pharrell Williams and Estelle respectively, another obvious attempt for mainstraim success. The latter song is another female friendly track. "Chandelier" is one of the best songs of the album, as Curren$y flows perfectly over the production here. The next song "Fast Cars, Faster Women" featuring Daz Dillinger is another great song. The last song on the album is my favorite "Jet Life" with Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T. on the hook. The track helps end the album on a high note.

Overall Stoned Immaculate isn't better than his previous album. I would say its more of a side step rather than a step forward. There are obvious attempts at mainstream success here, but I wouldn't be going far as to say that Curren$y sold out. He still has that nice flow as on previous albums, but here the production style is a little different. This is definately one of the best albums of 2010, and I recommend it to those who are interested. While I'm at it, I wonder if its possible that we can get a "How Fly 2" mixtape/album? Both artists are under WEA so it shouldn't be that hard to put that together. Peace.

Note: If you download this album on iTunes or Amazon mp3, you get three bonus tracks.

Lyrics: B
Production: B+
Guest Appearances: B
Musical Vibes: A-

Top 5 Tracks:
1. Jet Life (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T.)
2. Chandelier
3. What It Look Like (featuring Wale)
4. No Squares (featurng Wiz Khalifa)
5. Capitol (featuring 2 Chains)

Honorable Mention
1 Fast Cars, Faster Women (featurng Daz Dillinger)
2. Armoire (featurng Young Roddy and Trademark)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Curren$y sticks to what got him his underground loyal fans with his main stream debut. He pretty much does what he does without selling out and getting on the "modern" hip hop train. Def must have! JETSSSSSSSSSS! New Orleans is represented properly!
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on July 15, 2014
Great Album!!!!!!
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on March 19, 2014
i may have to buy this CD again legally because when i traded in my car i left it in the CD player. merry christmas to whoever buys an XTerra
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on August 10, 2013
currency does it again. he is a great rapper and song maker and doesn't need a public presence to prove it.
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on June 1, 2013
Currensy is so underrrated! I hopes that he gets the acclaim and fame like he should, because he is cold on the mic!!!
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