The latest issue of Spin is a celebration of "Hip-hop's DIY Movement" (with a great essay from Baltimore scribe and former b contributor Brandon Soderberg). There are so many micro-genres splintering in hip-hop that a magazine has to devote a whole issue to cover it properly. The Smokers Club Tour, which stops by Rams Head Live on Sunday night, fits perfectly within this "movement," mostly because of its headliner, New Orleans' stoner Curren$y.
First, about that stereotypical "stoner" image — a zonked-out dude passed out with Doritos and "Cops" on TV: it doesn't fly in
Around this time, he dropped the facade of toting guns and pimping women and stuck to what he really knew: getting high, muscle cars and life's minute details that effortlessly come alive through his congested Southern drawl. After a barrage of consistent mixtapes and acclaimed independent albums "Pilot Talk" and its sequel, Curren$y's fan base reached an all-time high, leading to his own imprint-deal at
For a sample, watch Curren$y's video for the unfortunately titled "#JetsGo" below. And yes, that's his Ferrari — the first gift he bought himself once he went major. Song contains four-letter words some might not like.
Other acts on hip-hop's fringe will take the stage as well: the tour's elder stateman and Wu-Tang legend