Curren$y & Alchemist – The Carrollton Heist: Remixed Mixtape Review

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For those delaying delving into Curren$y’s discography, 2016 has made the task more difficult. Floating on the success of Canal Street Confidential, released December of last year and featuring minor hit “Bottom of the Bottle,” Curren$y has been releasing new music at an unrelenting pace, averaging a mixtape per month since January. In addition to featuring on Jet Lifer Corner Boy P’s Sixteen mixtape, he’s kept an ear to the streets with precocious remixes of “I Got The Keys” and “Big Racks.”

Amazingly, this output has been consistently good. Weed & Instrumentals and its sequel are both glassy-eyed space trips perfect for kicking back and lighting up to. Revolver and Bourbon Street Secrets  offer studied collaborations with producers Sledgren and Purps, respectively. The Legend of Harvard Blue and Stoned On Ocean are thoughtful projects, while Andretti 9/30 and Andretti 10/30 are both whip-friendly collections of music in the vein of Saturday Night Car Tunes. On top of all this awesomeness, one of the standouts of this year is The Carrollton Heist, a no-nonsense mixtape with guest spots from Action Bronson, Lil Wayne and Styles P.

With production exclusively from Alchemist (rejuvenated by his recurring appearances on Bronson’s VICELAND shows), The Carrollton Heist has already gone Gold on Datpiff, with some saying it may be even better than Covert Coupthe duo’s 2011 collaborative project. Over the course of ten tracks, Alchemist combines jazz and soul samples with beat schemes that range from old-school drums to modern, trap-tinged snares and high-hats. Curren$y’s vocals on top solidify and seal in the music’s freshness. On “Vibrations,” he raps “ink turn into big banks;” the music on this mixtape is ready to be cashed in.

Given the popularity and success of this project, it’s hardly surprising that a remix album was commissioned. Arriving over the weekend, The Carrollton Heist: Remixed sees a new spin on each of the original songs, sourced from some big names in the business. Alchemist himself remixes “Inspiration” as “Drowsy Day,” with the new beat providing an even better accompaniment than the original. Knxwledge offers up two remixes, for “Cartridge” and “Fat Albert.” With Yes Lawd! still in heavy rotation, these beats are a pleasant reminder of the young producer’s prowess and are some of the most natural sounding on the mixtape.

Samiyam, Oh No, Sebb Bash, Evidence, Budgie and Jake One all provide competent beats that sounds remarkably coherent in context. Earl Sweatshirt stops by to remix “The Mack Book,” a short but sweet cut which, taken in tandem with his verse on Danny Brown’s “Really Doe,” gives an idea of the evolution that Earl is going through in his music. It’s a track worth repeat listens, and as Curren$y raps  “On the way to my next move / My best move,” there is a palpable sense that, after all the music he’s released this year, the best is yet to come. Download The Carrollton Heist: Remixed here.

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