Despite a long career littered with mixtapes and hard-earned underground fans, Curren$y is best-known for something he missed. In 2007, just as Lil Wayne was becoming the most popular rapper in the world , Curren$y left Cash Money Records rather than staying on a label headed toward immense fame. After that, the New Orleans rapper kicked around the underground for another two years, releasing a series of mixtapes that landed him a spot in XXL Magazine‘s 10 Freshmen in 2009. This year, Curren$y released his second full-length, Pilot Talk, a woozy, wafting recording that finds the artist holed up in his apartment, playing NBA Live, smoking weed and eating Doritos — all in a more wryly observed, clever way than most listeners would think possible.

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