As long as there is a such thing as hip-hop and escaping the traps of normalcy, there will always be room for such rappers as Curren$y, a man who has had a rise something similar to that of a NBA journeyman who stopped wanting role player minutes and turned into a underrated superstar after only a season.

The New Orleans emcee utilized what 50 Cent profited from in 2002, pushing a consistent stream of quality mixtapes in building his own buzz after deals with No Limit and the original Young Money fell through. Now resurrecting Roc-A-Fella Records with Dame Dash, Curren$y has turned into his own man with a unique following given his penchant for beat selection and laid back, hypnotizing flow. What makes his third album (1st major) Pilot Talk seem like we’ve heard it before is that we probably have.

Five of the songs featured on the 13 track album were promoted well over a year ago but Spitta and the album’s main producer Ski Beatz make all of those songs seem like they were just released. Each backdrop is looped with lush horns, various elements of laid back ease that make Curren$y black out with short verses littered with odes to fly living and of course, weed, especially on the lead single “King Kong”. The captain of the JETS declares himself both a rappers “idol & rival”, sort of comparing an up and coming superstar to a legend already in the game.

The man is obviously loyal and honest to his craft as each tale of his daily life and quips on women seem straight out of a chill party with friends. “Skybourne” featuring Big K.R.I.T and Smoke DZA is elevator music, silky enough to lay back and watch the world pass by like a trademark Spike Lee camera shot. It drips with Southern authenticity from K.R.I.T and DZA who proclaims folks need “8 lungs” to smoke with him.

Not all is easy going and carefree for Spit Vicious, evident by his aggressive chorus on the Nesby Phipps featured “Prioritize (Beeper Bill)”. Paying homage to Big Boi’s verse from the 1998 classic “Aquemini”, Spitta comes for heads with his most rapid fire delivery on the album.

Even though the back end of the disc is heavy with features, all of them compliment Spitta. Jay Electronica drops wisdom and the dual conflict of being fly and conscious on “The Day”, Devin the Dude wonders should he reuse a condom after being with a woman on the hilarious song-lude “Chilled Coughpee” but its Stalley’s verse on the choral and breezy “Address” that raises the most eyebrows.

Over a haunting Ski Beatz creation, Stalley sticks to the script, accepting his current stature amongst a group of people who may not be familar with him. Spitta continues his now trademark free flow, which also may be a detriment if you take a look at the entire album.

Although it is rich and layered in its production, reduced of any filler and is sequenced to near perfection, you wonder why wasn’t this album didn’t have a more fleshed out version of Curren$y. There are an overabundance on features, particularly Snoop Dogg’s off-kilter verse on “Seat Change” and Mikey Rocks drowsy flow on “The Hangover”.

The third time may have gotten Spitta the notice and appeal he much so deserves, it’s only a matter of time before he starts swatting every competitor out of the sky.

FINAL SCORE: 8.0 out of 10