Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs "Fetti" Review

Despite saying the venture over two years in the past, on October 31, Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs lastly dropped their extremely anticipated collaboration venture, Fetti. Sharing a reputation with their Alchemist-produced Grand Theft Auto collaboration, Fetti extends the palpable camaraderie of the trifecta right into a concise and cohesive album. With all however one music clocking in at beneath three minutes, the trio manages to keep away from the pitfalls of tedium that regularly accompanies collaborative rap tapes.

Curren$y is beloved, not just for his consistency but additionally for his prolificness in rap. He’s already dropped 5 tasks this 12 months alone, in The Spring Collection, Parking Lot Music, Air Freshna, The Marina, and Fire In The Clouds. Such a feat which might be unprecedented for a lot of artists, however in actuality, it’s truthfully reflective of a slower musical 12 months by Andretti requirements. The rhymes are nonetheless filled with lowriding Impalas and excessive octane marijuana, however there’s an elevated tenacity that appears to come back from sharing the limelight with Gibbs.

Freddie Gibbs is following up the June launch of his Teddy Pendergrass impressed fourth album, Freddie. Here, he switches forwards and backwards between breakneck rhyming and using melodic methods from his earlier work on cuts like “Now and Later Gators.” Both artists maintain seats as “your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper” archetypes, and it’s refreshing to listen to the duo on wax as soon as extra. Alchemist gives a medley of moody soulful samples that comfortably match into the sonic palette of each events. As a end result, each Curren$y and Gibbs sound like authentic followers of one another, fairly than two individuals plotting on a come up.

There are numerous quotables about residing the excessive life, paired with extravagant but nonchalant flexing. Freddie, aka the self-proclaimed “King of shit speaking,” makes a powerful case for the crown, spitting absurdities about being like “Malcom X with the perm nigga” and the way he’s already a “legend on this bitch and would possibly do Coachella as a hologram.” Curren$y, alternatively, tosses off boasts like, “They speak however by no means assault, I stroll with God I am relaxed/ I acquired a Rollie assortment, you duckin’ invoice collectors/ You niggas at all times stressin’/ I am in a set in a Westin in a pocket book sketchin,’” with the convenience of a person reclined in a Laz-e-Boy.

They’re having a good time and I can really feel it. Fetti appears like celebration music on the finish of a heist film, offered everybody made it out on the finish. Lyrics about flashy vehicles, unique locales, and slinging illicit substances pervade the album; Curren$y performs the function of cautious navigator whereas Gangsta Gibbs presents himself as a hotheaded gunslinger, nearly manic in his need to safe the bag. Both males include excessive ranges of lyrical depth, nonetheless there are moments the place Freddie sounds hungrier than ever, rapping in a faster cadence than regular. Although Curren$y maintains his extra leisurely strategy to rhyming, there’s positively a notable enhance in his lyrical dexterity.

It’s the little particulars, just like the seamless continuity between the 2 artists’ verses, that make Fetti such a pleasing outing. On “New Thangs” for instance, Curren$y steps out of a Caddy carrying yellow and white AirMax. Freddie continues the imagery together with his personal aptitude, carrying Off-White AirMax the colour of crack, earlier than ending his verse by twisting up within the ‘Lac. Fetti sounds just like the work of a workforce accustomed to one another’s strengths, and thus, know easy methods to keep away from stepping on one another’s toes. “Now and Later Gators” finds Freddie alone crooning about pimping and candy-colored boots; it might have been completely at dwelling on his final album. The following reduce “No Window Tints” is a solo Curren$y ode to a brand new customized whip. The inclusion of their respective solo choices provides an additional layer of selection whereas permitting the artists to stretch a bit additional creatively.

Perhaps taking a lesson from different much less targeted collaborative tapes, Fetti runs beneath 30 minutes, making the listener crave for extra fairly than sift by mutually monotonous music. The Alchemist has crafted a phenomenal soundscape that brings the perfect out his collaborators, culminating in among the most superbly cinematic gangsta music I’ve heard in a minute. There’s no feeling of huge trade collusion or machinations, however fairly the imaginative and prescient of three males who legitimately take pleasure in one another’s work, and got here collectively as a united entrance to get that fetti.