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Album Review: Highest In Charge by Curren$y

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Shante Scott Franklin, or better known as Curren$y, is a rapper and owner of the record label, Jet Life Recordings. While originally being a founding member of Young Money Entertainment, he later created his own label in 2011. I probably don't need to give a huge introduction, but I have followed him since 2018 with some great projects such as The Marina, Fire In The Clouds, and Fetti. Highest In Charge marks his latest studio project.

The first track from the project is Carry On. This is also the longest track on the project, clocking in at three and a half minutes. The first thing I noticed is that it's definitely more exciting and interesting from the project I reviewed earlier in the year, Collection Agency. It opens up with a piano beat and some other backing voices. Also, Curren$y's rapping doesn't seem as lazy as what he sometimes sounds like on other tracks.
 
Everything We Wanted starts to bring back some of the flows and beats that we were used to hearing on Collection Agency. The album starts to slow down with a more jazz-infused beat with some of the brass and drum instruments. Other than that, it just seems like you get stuck in that Curren$y flow that he's usually known for on some of these slower beats. Definitely not a bad track, but it seems like we've already heard this before.

After that, we come to the title track of the album, Highest In Charge. We start to bring some of the energy and fire back to the project with the brass instruments and the heavy hitting bass. We also have Curren$y putting in more effort on this track compared to the last one. With the track titled Highest In Charge, it is probably a reference to him being in charge of his own record label since he has several other artists signed under him.

All Back starts to follow the same progression as Collection Agency since the album is brought down in energy. We have an odd bell and flute-like beat. We also have the trap drums mixed over it, but definitely a quieter beat overall. Not really finding anything too exciting or different about this track so I'll let you decide what you think of this track. On this track, Curren$y tends to talk about how he's able to make all of his money back.

Out The Window brings in a smooth and jazz-like beat. It opens with the beat being cut and reversed several times. It does make me think that there's going to be a beat drop after the introduction, but unfortunately, it just leaves me wanting more. From the beginning, I thought this was going to be a favorite of mine, but he ended up ruining it. Besides that, Curren$y is telling young rappers to guard themselves (from women or the industry) and they'll be able to make plenty of money.

Next up on the project we have Young N****. This also marks the shortest track on the project, clocking in at under two minutes in length. Like some of the tracks we heard before, we have the bell and flute like beat backing this track. However, this time we have a bit more bass added to the mix. It seems like Curren$y is just freestyling over this track since it doesn't have a concrete layout. Other than that, Curren$y talks about how he was able to get his label off the ground and make a lot of money for them.

H1 Hummer seems to stay on the slow and darker side of the album. Again, we have the flute and bell instrumental thrown in here. There's also some saxophone or electronic sample thrown in there which is actually kind of annoying. It's a tiny annoyance, but the sound makes itself known so you can't just ignore it. Also, Curren$y is stuck on that regular flow of his which just makes him sound lazy on this track.

Fast Foreign tries to bring back the energy back to the album with a faster sounding track. However, the beat is still a bit boring and plain since we have the high-pitched noises that carry on throughout the track. Also, it seems a bit strange to have almost a minute long outro on a two minute track. He manages to get through two verses and two chorus sections in a minute, so I guess they needed to add more to the track.

Chainsaw opens up with a warped and reversed soundclip. I actually enjoy the sound they were going for with the introduction, but it unfortunately changed after the first ten seconds. I was really hoping they were going to stick with that sound, but they decided to use a high-pitched sound, and surprisingly a piano part. I guess Curren$y's rapping isn't the worst on this track, but again, it could be better, especially with what we heard with the first few tracks.

The final track we have on the album is Slidin. It's another quick track to have on the project since it's just two minutes in length. Especially with the assortment of tracks on the project so far, I wasn't sure what to expect from the closer. We get another laid back track with the piano and high-pitched notes. I also think Curren$y is actually doing pretty well in terms of rapping on this one, especially with the catchy chorus part.

I wasn't really expecting much from this project since, well, I'm not the biggest Curren$y fan out there as you could probably tell. However, I do think that Highest In Charge is a step up from Collection Agency.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: Carry On, Slidin
 
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