Curren$y

Curren$y

Biography

Thanks to his smart lyrics, the Louisiana-based Curren$y landed a label deal in 2003, but it took three labels and seven years of underground releases before the rapper made his official debut. Born Shante Anthony Franklin and raised in New Orleans, Curren$y was originally signed to Master P's No Limit label, but in 2005 he made the move to Lil Wayne and Birdman's Cash Money imprint, Young Money.

He appeared on Wayne's Tha Carter II album that same year, then in 2006, Curren$y's "Where da Cash At" single was released -- both on its own and as part of Wayne's Dedication 2 mixtape -- but a promised album never materialized. Not one to sit idle, Curren$y started Fly Society with professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy in 2007. The brand was originally planned as a line of apparel, but evolved into a music label as the rapper's relationship with Young Money soured. After leaving the label at the end of 2007 with Fly Society in tow, a series of underground mixtapes appeared before Curren$y hooked up with the digital-only Amalgam Digital for the early 2009 release This Ain't No Mixtape.

The relationship continued that October with the download-only Jet Files, but in early 2010 he joined the Def Jam family via Damon Dash's DD172 imprint. With the label's in-house producer Ski Beatz handling most of the production on both, Curren$y's Pilot Talk album appeared in July of that year, with Pilot Talk II landing in 2010. The stopgap release Weekend at Burnie's followed in 2011, with the retro backing tracks coming from producer Monsta Beatz. Beatz, along with the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Pharrell, was back for the rapper's 2012 street release, The Stoned Immaculate. In 2015, the album Pilot Talk III was released on a $100.00 USB key made available from the rapper's Jet Life website, while the EP Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes landed through more traditional distribution channels.

That same year, the "Bottom of the Bottle" single featuring Lil Wayne and August Alsina appeared right before the release of Canal Street Confidential, an album where the MC toured and road-tested the songs before he decided on the final track list.

Discography

Curren$y - Pilot Talk

Curren$y - Pilot Talk

DD1722010
Curren$y - Pilot Talk II

Curren$y - Pilot Talk II

DD1722010
Curren$y - Weekend At Burnie's

Curren$y - Weekend At Burnie's

Warner Bros. Records2011
Curren$y - Jet Files

Curren$y - Jet Files

Stage One Music2011
Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate

Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate

Warner Bros. Records2012
Currensy - New Jet City

Currensy - New Jet City

Paradise Records2014
Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes

Curren$y - Even More Saturday Night Car Tunes

Atlantic Records2015
Curren$y - Canal Street Confidential (Deluxe)

Curren$y - Canal Street Confidential (Deluxe)

Atlantic Records2015
Curren$y - Pilot Talk III

Curren$y - Pilot Talk III

Jet Life Recordings2015
Curren$y & Young Roddy - Bales

Curren$y & Young Roddy - Bales

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2015
Curren$y - Andretti 9/30

Curren$y - Andretti 9/30

Jet Life Recordings2016
Curren$y - Andretti 10/30

Curren$y - Andretti 10/30

Jet Life Recordings2016
Curren$y - Andretti 11/30

Curren$y - Andretti 11/30

Jet Life Recordings2016
Curren$y - Andretti 12/30

Curren$y - Andretti 12/30

Jet Life Recordings2016
Corner Boy P, Curren$y, T.Y. - The Jetlanta EP

Corner Boy P, Curren$y, T.Y. - The Jetlanta EP

Jet Life Recordings2017
Curren$y - Pilot Talk: Trilogy

Curren$y - Pilot Talk: Trilogy

Jet Life Recordings2017

Guest Appearances

Tre-8 - Armageddon
  • My Boo

Tre-8 - Armageddon

Smoke 1 Records1999
Mr. Marcelo - Streetz Got Luv 4 Me
  • Who Want It?

Mr. Marcelo - Streetz Got Luv 4 Me

Tuff Guys Entertainment2001
Junie Bezel - That's How Mess Get Started
  • Set It Off

Junie Bezel - That's How Mess Get Started

Take Fo' Records2001
C-Murder - Tru Dawgs
  • That Ain't Right

C-Murder - Tru Dawgs

D3 Entertainment, CNR Records2002
Choppa - Straight From The N.O.
  • Gettin' Money

Choppa - Straight From The N.O.

The New No Limit Records, Universal Records, Take Fo' Records2003
Silkk The Shocker - Based On A True Story
  • Just Do It

Silkk The Shocker - Based On A True Story

Koch Records, The New No Limit Records2004
Master P - Good Side, Bad Side
  • Let' Em Go

Master P - Good Side, Bad Side

The New No Limit Records, Koch Records2004
Da Block Burnaz ‎- Overheated
  • How We Roll

Da Block Burnaz ‎- Overheated

Big Boy Records2004
Mr. Marcelo - Still Brick Livin'
  • How You Like It (Remix)

Mr. Marcelo - Still Brick Livin'

Brick Livin Entertainment2004
Papa Reu - Life & Music
  • Streets Callin'

Papa Reu - Life & Music

Sanctuary Records2005
C-Murder - The Truest S#!@ I Ever Said
  • Camouflage & Murder

C-Murder - The Truest S#!@ I Ever Said

Koch Records, TRU Records2005
Birdman - Fast Money
  • Shovlin' Snow

Birdman - Fast Money

Cash Money Records2005
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II
  • Grown Man

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II

Cash Money Records, Universal Records2005
Hot Boy Ronald - Bounce Back
  • Ye Nigga Yea

Hot Boy Ronald - Bounce Back

King's Entertainment2005
Birdman - Fast Money: Screwed And Chopped
  • Shovlin' Snow

Birdman - Fast Money: Screwed And Chopped

Cash Money Records2005
Jay Bezel - The Philadelphia Beast Vol. 2
  • Gotta Hate Us

Jay Bezel - The Philadelphia Beast Vol. 2

DPL Music2006
C-Murder - The Tru Story... Continued
  • Camouflage & Murder

C-Murder - The Tru Story... Continued

Koch Records2006
Slim Thug - Houston
  • Japanese Swag

Slim Thug - Houston

B.H.O., SoSouth2007
Slim Thug - Houston (Swishahouse Mix)
  • Can't Stop

Slim Thug - Houston (Swishahouse Mix)

B.H.O., SoSouth2007
Bullys Wit Fullys Presents Guce - Base Rock Music
  • This That Shit

Bullys Wit Fullys Presents Guce - Base Rock Music

Git Paid Entertainment2008
Wiz Khalifa - Deal Or No Deal
  • Friendly

Wiz Khalifa - Deal Or No Deal

Rostrum Records2009
Guce & J-Stalin - Giants & Elephants
  • Dis Dat S***

Guce & J-Stalin - Giants & Elephants

Git Paid Music Group, Livewire Records2009
Naledge - Chicago Picasso
  • Look At Them Hips (Remix)

Naledge - Chicago Picasso

Vision, Duck Down Music Inc.2009
Tabi Bonney - Fre$h
  • Radio

Tabi Bonney - Fre$h

iHipHop Distribution2010
Yukmouth - Free At Last
  • Smokin Treez

Yukmouth - Free At Last

Smoke-A-Lot Records, RBC Records2010
Ski Beatz - 24 Hour Karate School
  • Nothing But Us

Ski Beatz - 24 Hour Karate School

DD1722010
Bigg UU - The Lone Star State Of Mind
  • Soul Playa

Bigg UU - The Lone Star State Of Mind

Trillmatic Ent.2010
Calliope Var - Superish
  • U Can Catch Me

Calliope Var - Superish

Calliope Var Hood Star Ent2010
DJ Drama - Third Power
  • High Tunes

DJ Drama - Third Power

E1 Music2011
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Mac + Devin Go To High School
  • OG

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Mac + Devin Go To High School

Atlantic2011
Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers
  • Rooftops

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers

Atlantic, Rostrum Records2011
Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned
  • Personal Party

Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned

iHipHop2011
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
  • Grooveline Pt. 1

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Top Dawg Entertainment2012
Smoke DZA - Rugby Thompson
  • Baleedat

Smoke DZA - Rugby Thompson

High Times Records2012
DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
  • Clouds

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music

E1 Music2012
Skibeatz 24 Hour Karate School - Twilight
  • Fly By

Skibeatz 24 Hour Karate School - Twilight

DD172, Bluroc Records2012
Berner - Urban Farmer
  • Point Of View

Berner - Urban Farmer

Taylor Gang Records2012
Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa
  • Tell A Friend

Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa

ESGN2012
Young Roddy - Good Sense
  • What That Is

Young Roddy - Good Sense

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2012
Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious
  • Push Thru

Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious

Javotti Media2013
MellowHigh - MellowHigh
  • HighLife

MellowHigh - MellowHigh

Odd Future Records2013
Young Roddy - Good Sense 2
  • Life

Young Roddy - Good Sense 2

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2013
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
  • House In The Hills

Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood

Atlantic, Rostrum Records2014
Smoke DZA - Dream.ZONE.Achieve
  • Legends In The Making (Ashtray Pt. 2)

Smoke DZA - Dream.ZONE.Achieve

RFC Music Group2014
Tre Pierre - Mixtape Maniac 2
  • Bright Lights

Tre Pierre - Mixtape Maniac 2

New America Records2014
Young Roddy - Legal Dealing
  • I Know It

Young Roddy - Legal Dealing

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2014
Young Roddy - Route The Ruler
  • While The Gettin Good

Young Roddy - Route The Ruler

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2014
Berner - 20 Lights
  • Cry

Berner - 20 Lights

Bern One Entertainment2015
Paul Wall - Slab God
  • Crumble The Satellite

Paul Wall - Slab God

Paul Wall Music, Empire2015
Gunplay - Living Legend
  • Chain Smokin'

Gunplay - Living Legend

Def Jam Recordings, Maybach Music Group2015
Young Roddy - The Kenner Loop
  • My Business

Young Roddy - The Kenner Loop

GOOD$ENSE, iHipHop Distribution2015
Thelonious Martin - Wunderkid
  • Atlantis

Thelonious Martin - Wunderkid

Empire Distribution2015
King Chip - CleveLAfornia
  • Fat Raps 3

King Chip - CleveLAfornia

Rebel Castle, Purple Haze Ent., S.L.A.B. Ent LLC2015
Joey Fatts - Ill Street Blues - EP
  • Same Sh*t

Joey Fatts - Ill Street Blues - EP

Cutthroat Records, Yamborghini2015
Scotty ATL - The Cooligan
  • Incredible

Scotty ATL - The Cooligan

Cool Club2015
Maki - Kilo Hero
  • Tha Money

Maki - Kilo Hero

The Artist Records, The SoundDope2016
Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2
  • The Chill

Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2

Faeva Afta, EMPIRE2016
Corner Boy P - Clientele
  • What A Life

Corner Boy P - Clientele

Jet Life Recordings2016
B.Will - Jewella
  • Ridin Stealth

B.Will - Jewella

Bad Azz Music Syndicate2016
Le$ - Steak X Shrimp, Vol. 1
  • Ridah

Le$ - Steak X Shrimp, Vol. 1

Slfemp Music LLC.2017
Le$ - Free Game
  • Round Table

Le$ - Free Game

Slfemp Music LLC., SxS2017
Scotty ATL - Smokin' On My Own Strain, Vol. 1
  • Top Drop

Scotty ATL - Smokin' On My Own Strain, Vol. 1

Cool Club2017
T.Y. - Son Of A Gangsta III
  • Sandlot

T.Y. - Son Of A Gangsta III

Jet Life Recordings2017
Spitta - Let Me Eat
  • Need To Smoke

Spitta - Let Me Eat

N.W.A. Music Group2017
Le$ - Ace
  • Come Up

Le$ - Ace

Slfemp Music LLC., SxS2017
Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG
  • Say Dat

Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG

Not On Label2017
Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 2
  • We Livin'

Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 2

Not On Label2017
Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 3
  • Bizzness

Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 3

Not On Label2017
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 3
  • I'm On 3.0

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 3

ABN, EMPIRE2017
Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 4
  • Audio D

Mr. Marcelo - OG Luv Dat OG 4

Not On Label2017
Wave Chapelle - Only The Beginning
  • Let Me Be Great

Wave Chapelle - Only The Beginning

Wave Chapelle Music LLC2017
Corner Boy P - The Corner Store
  • Narco Sofa

Corner Boy P - The Corner Store

Jet Life Recordings2017
G Perico - 2 Tha Left
  • Send Her Home

G Perico - 2 Tha Left

So Way Out, LLC2017
Statik Selektah - 8
  • Slept To Death

Statik Selektah - 8

Showoff Records, Duck Down Music Inc.2017
Nature - Scrap Paper
  • 500 Pounds Of Gas

Nature - Scrap Paper

Deep Concepts Media2018
T.Y. - The Good Grind Young
  • Keep It Playa

T.Y. - The Good Grind Young

916% Entertainment2018

Compilations

Various - New South Hustlers
  • New South Hustlers

Various - New South Hustlers

Bank On It Records2004
Master P - The Ultimate Master P
  • We Like Them Girlz

Master P - The Ultimate Master P

Koch Records, The New No Limit Records2006
Various - Yukmouth Presents 420
  • Smokin' Trees

Various - Yukmouth Presents 420

EMPIRE Distribution2009
Various - Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Vol. 1
  • Rise

Various - Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Vol. 1

Maybach Music Group, Warner Bros. Records2011
Various - A3C Volume 1
  • Jet Life To The Next Life

Various - A3C Volume 1

iHipHop Distribution2011
Various - We Make Stars 2
  • Friendly

Various - We Make Stars 2

Gang Injunction Music2011
Various - Devin The Dude Presents Highway: Official Soundtrack
  • Marley & Me (Remix)

Various - Devin The Dude Presents Highway: Official Soundtrack

High Times Records2012
Daz Dillinger - Who Ride Wit Us, Vol. 5
  • GO'GO'GO'

Daz Dillinger - Who Ride Wit Us, Vol. 5

Felder Entertainment Inc.2013
Various - Southern Elites
  • Locked Up

Various - Southern Elites

Money And Power Ent.2014
Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 2
  • Everywhere I Go

Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 2

Money And Power Ent.2014
Various - Kings Of The Streets, Vol. 1
  • Everywhere I Go

Various - Kings Of The Streets, Vol. 1

Money And Power Ent.2015
Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 4
  • Oh Oh

Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 4

Money And Power Ent.2015
Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 6
  • I Am

Various - Southern Elites, Vol. 6

Money And Power Ent.2015
Various - Jet Life All Stars (Presented By Curren$y)
  • In Love With The Hustle

Various - Jet Life All Stars (Presented By Curren$y)

Jet Life Recordings2017