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Covert Coup

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May 12, 2011

This New Orleans MC (and former Lil Wayne protégé) has celebrated his move to a new label by darkening up his trademark weed-rap, backing his hazy musings with gritty, paranoid production that's more New York than NoLa. Curren$y's topics — cars, kush, and cash — are familiar and repetitive, but his intricate, stream-of-consciousness narratives come with varied flows. Sample-dicer Alchemist is the maestro here, lacing Covert Coup with tumbling chops of obscure soul and dusty space-funk. It's the perfect backdrop for the rapper's stoner humor ("Patty cake, patty cake/I'm baked my man") and for quality cameos from the freshly paroled Prodigy and blog darling Freddie Gibbs. Straight edge listeners won't be disappointed, either

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