Curren$y Leads a Brigade of Stoned But Tough Rappers

There's a new kind of rapper in town: compulsively stoned, inexhaustibly prolific, perpetually swagged-out. Rather than cloister themselves in VIP booths, they perfect their ground game in smaller clubs. They prefer the Internet to more traditional means of distribution. And unlike the Big Fucking Deals of three years ago (hi, Wale and B.o.B.), they choose to rap their asses off instead of nurturing delusions of wheel-reinventing grandeur.

Curren$y has a somewhat fractious place in the world of hip-hop. He lacks Yelawolf's blue-collar bona fides and he's certainly not eccentric enough to fit in the Odd Future/Lil B axis. While his cross-market appeal is limited by comparison, the MC's ear for music is far better attuned. Curren$y's albums (2010's Pilot Talk is an ideal starting point) are great comfort food, punctuating baggy prose with the molten, smoldering accents of 1970s beach rock. Like indie rock counterparts Real Estate and Ty Segall, his stuff hits hard but goes down easy.

That Curren$y has no discernible ambition other than smoking weed doesn't matter because, simply put, he sounds great. And wouldn't you know it? The Hot Spitta is reshaping the genre in his image. Below are five rappers with enough style to obscure the fact that they don't talk about much of note.

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Club Red

1308 W. University Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85201

Category: Music Venues

Region: Mesa

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Curren$y is scheduled to perform Friday, April 27, at Club Red in Tempe.

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