Curren$y – Return To The Winner’s Circle | Mixtape Review

As the majority of artists slowly devise their strategies for 2011, its no surprise that the first rapper to drop new material was the very same one who released TWO albums just last year. Curren$y Spitta was applauded by many blogs, artists and fans for his hustle in 2010, dropping Pilot Talk albums one and two aswell as making appearances on Ski Beatz and Wiz Khalifa’s projects. Return To The Winner’s Circle hopes to keep Curren$y’s momentum rolling well into the new year aswell as maintaining the hazy, lofty heights which his previous works have set.

Made up of both original and popular beats, Return To The Winner’s Circle finds Spitta picking an array of heavy hitting instrumentals for his drawl to leave a trail over.

Curren$y’s ability to sound convincing on beats from all corners of the USA gives allows him to hop on classic joints such as Raekwon’s “Rainy Dayz” and rework it to his advantage. Substituting Rae’s haunting storytelling for the unique trill stylings and hazy verses, Curren$y’s performance is a somewhat satisfactory effort over a timeless beat.

For those who might feel a ’90s classic is above New Orleans native’s ability, “Daze of Thunder” restores the faith as he rides the Rick Ross “Life Fast, Die Young” instrumental with much vigour. But its not all weed and shouting out the Jets – “Record Labels” takes the ocean like ambience of Outkast’s “Mainstream” instrumental and depicts the all too familiar tale of label tricks.

As expected from a throwaway mixtape, some of the tracks on Return… seem rushed, which are void of any of the punch which was so prominent on both Pilot Talk albums. But when taking up the zoned out approach, Curren$y provides solid material akin to his previous superior works. The dope (although short) “Paydays” has a kicking West Coast ’90s vibe, which runs like a smooth Low Rider, whilst “Jets At Ya Neck” provides more lavish, skybound material which Curren$y and friends soar effortlessly on.

Losing none of the appeal which catapulted him to stardom in 2010, Curren$y stays on form with a majority of the songs being packed with his signature dopeness. Curren$y remains on song when creating cloudy, chilled material, so for the most part, Return To The Winner’s Circle does its job of sticking to this format, whilst material not of this blueprint is seemingly forgettable. Nevertheless, Curren$y’s return to the mixtape game is a welcome one, as his first offering in 2011 should see him safely through the first few months of the new year.

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