Background information
Birth name Shante Scott Franklin
Born April 4, 1981 (1981-04-04) (age 30)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2000–Present
Labels Jet Life Recordings, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Wiz Khalifa, Ski Beatz,The Alchemist, Big Sean, Raekwon, Prodigy, Fiend, Freddie Gibbs, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Dom Kennedy, Mickey Factz, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Big K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, Soulja Slim

Shante Scott Franklin, born April 4, 1981, better known by his stage name Curren$y, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.


Music career

Early career

In 2002, Curren$y signed to Master P's No Limit Records and was a member of the 504 Boyz. The Song "Get Back" by 504 Boyz made it to the Malibu's Most Wanted soundtrack. Curren$y appeared on 5 songs in Master P's Good Side, Bad Side album, released in 2004.[citation needed] Later on in 2004, Curren$y signed with Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, where he remained until late 2007. While still at Young Money, Curren$y created Fly Society with skateboarder Terry Kennedy, first as a clothing company, then expanding to release music. He released the song, "Where da Cash At" as the lead single for his Young Money debut, Music To Fly To, in 2006, but due to several push-backs and lack of promotion, Curren$y decided to leave the label and venture off to do business on his own. For several months throughout 2008, Curren$y released a series of mixtapes. Though he then had the co-sign of one of the top hip hop magazines, Curren$y was still overlooked by major labels. Curren$y reached a milestone in his rapping career with appearances on MTV for his music video "Address", and for a track titled "Breakfast", which was produced by Mos Def. After he took on the music industry by himself, Curren$y recently gained significant recognition via fellow musician Wiz Khalifa, whom he released the mixtape "How Fly" in collaboration with. His fan base continues to expand due to his original, laid-back flow which is accompanied by his soothing, spacey beats.

2009: This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files

Curren$y signed with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album, This Ain't No Mixtape, in 2009.[1] Curren$y also released his second album, Jet Files, through Amalgam Digital in 2009.[2] Amalgam Digital finally released physical copies of This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files on May 31, 2011.

2010: Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II

Curren$y's third album, Pilot Talk, was released on July 13, 2010. Prior to the album's release, there was news of Pilot Talk being released under a newly relaunched Roc-A-Fella Records.[3] However, Curren$y stated in interviews with both XXL and Complex Magazine that the album would be released under Damon Dash's DD172 record label division, BluRoc Records[4][4][5][6] and distributed through Def Jam Recordings. Curren$y made numerous appearances on labelmate Ski Beatz' debut studio album, 24 Hour Karate School, which was released on September 21, 2010. Curren$y's fourth album, Pilot Talk II, was released on November 22, 2010,[7] which featured Fiend and Raekwon, among others.[8]

2011: Covert Coup, Weekend at Burnie's, Muscle Car Chronicles, and Pilot Talk III

On February 1, 2011, it was announced that Curren$y signed a label deal with Warner Bros. Records for his imprint, Jet Life Recordings.[9] Covert Coup was his first project on his Jet Life Recordings imprint under Warner Bros. Released for free via Curren$y's official website on April 20, the album contains ten songs completely produced by The Alchemist.[10] He released his sixth album, Weekend at Burnie's on June 28, 2011, featuring his Jet-Life anthem "#JetsGo". All but one of the album's songs feature production by frequent collaborator Monsta Beatz.[11] His seventh album, Muscle Car Chronicles, a 2-Disc set, was recently postponed and a release date has not yet been announced. Curren$y also plans on releasing Pilot Talk III in 2011 and mentioned the possibility of it being a free album. A Jet Life sampler, an album called Puff Daddy and a DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz mixtape called Verde Terrace, which was released on August 23, 2011. "Verde Terrace" was well-received by Curren$y's fanbase and gained 49,696 downloads in part of 204,427 views within 24 hours of its release. It has been announced that Curren$y will release a compilation album to be called "Jet World Order" featuring his fellow Jet Life Recording artists Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Street Wiz, Corner Boy P, as well as new members Smoke DZA and Sir Michael Rocks (a.k.a. Mikey Rocks)And Producer Nesby Phips.

2012: "The Stoned Immaculate"

November 10, 2011, while on twitter, Curren$y announced that "The Stoned Immaculate would be coming out, "The Stoned Immaculate" March 2012...Andretti."


Studio albums

  • This Ain't No Mixtape (2009)
  • Jet Files (2009)
  • Pilot Talk (2010)
  • Pilot Talk II (2010)
  • Covert Coup (with The Alchemist) (2011)
  • Weekend at Burnie's (2011)
  • Jet World Order (with Jet Life) (2011)
  • Muscle Car Chronicles (TBA)
  • The Stoned Immaculate (2012)
  • Re-Conversionalize (with The Alchemist) (2012)
  • Pilot Talk III (TBA)

Official Mixtapes [12]

  • G-Series (with Mack Maine) (2006)
  • Life At 30,000 Feet (2007)
  • Independence Day (2008)
  • Higher Than 30,000 Feet (2008)
  • Welcome to The Winners Circle (2008)
  • Fear and Loathing in New Orleans (2008)
  • Super Tecmo Bowl (2008)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont Fly (2008)
  • Fin... (2008)
  • How Fly (with Wiz Khalifa) (2009)
  • Smokee Robinson (2010)
  • Return to The Winners Circle (2011)
  • Verde Terrace (with DJ Drama) (2011)
  • Puff Daddy (with Chuck Inglish) (TBA)


  1. ^ David D. (2009-05-12). "Review Of Curren$y's This Ain't No Mixtape | The Smoking Section". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Sorry, the page you were looking for is not here". The Source. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Damon Dash Resurrects Roc-A-Fella To Start A 'Positive Movement'". Shaheem Reid. 
  4. ^ a b "Curren$y’s Rocafella Chain Powered By BLUROC". Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Curren$y, My Sophomore Year". Retrieved September 6, 2010.  XXL Magazine
  6. ^ "Interview: Curren$y On "Pilot Talk," Dame Dash, And His Relationship With Lil Wayne". Green, Dominic. Retrieved September 6, 2010.  Complex Magazine
  7. ^ "Video: Curren$y Pilot Talk 2 Coming November 22nd!". Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Vasquez, Andres (2010-09-02). "DX News Bits: Kid Cudi, Queen Latifah, Curren$y | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Curren$y Signs to Warner, Preps EP With The Alchemist | Hip Hop On A Higher Level". Xxlmag.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Curren$y and Alchemist Release Free EP". Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  11. ^ "Curren$y's New Album: Weekend at Burnie's". Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Curren$y's Official Blog". 

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