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Curren$y album release party 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHRIS STANFORD
  • Photo by Chris Stanford

Flooding the market is generally a bad business plan. But Curren$y, aka 3rd Warder Shonte Franklin, is currently giving Adam Smith the stone-studded finger: eight studio albums since 2009, or a baker's dozen if you account for the mixtapes, joint releases and Jet Life insurance plans he bankrolled around them. Franklin's 10-year Frogger game with labels ended in early 2011, with Covert Coup, a roach-infested online freebie that was billed as an EP but actually kills as an accidental, however high-grade, Warner Bros. refresh. A year to the week after summertime sabbatical Weekend at Burnie's, having already issued a stopgap (February droptop Muscle Car Chronicles) and announced a third edition of renewable resource Pilot Talk, the double-dipping 2010 splash, Curren$y is coming home to host a release party for The Stoned Immaculate, his WB "debut" and sixth straight flush. Mass production has devalued the verbal hashtagging and constant Jets streaming somewhat, but there's still plenty of interest here. Kickoff "What It Look Like" has him puffing chests and passing verses with East Coaster Wale, behind harps played like beaded curtains. On "That's the Thing," a big-love R&B devotional sung with Estelle but obliged to Mary J., he swears he's slowing down (all evidence to the contrary) and plans to swap his cribs for a crib. "That one cohesive union, raise a little princess, a junior," he muses, before snapping to it: "Soon as I make enough with this music." Don't go picking out nursery colors yet, Mrs. Spitta. Just one more score, and one more. Tickets $30, $75 VIP. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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