Curren$y (feat. Mos Def & Jay Electronica) - The Day (Blu Roc/Def Jam, 2010)
The Center Edge Territory make their debut on this record off Curren$y’s highly anticipated Pilot Talk, and I’m not sure what to make of this record. On first listen, it sounds a little too busy; although the Ski Beatz production is dope, the understated (and what sounds literally phoned-in) Mos Def chorus between Curren$y and Jay Electronica’s verses just throws off the mood of the record entirely. I don’t think that any of these guys have very much chemistry, as they’re all from different worlds musically (despite the fact that they have virtually the same audience). It kinda reminds me of Bun B’s guest appearances on recent Slaughterhouse tracks; although everyone’s dope lyrically, there just isn’t much cohesiveness to the record, and none of these guys really gel. Maybe I’ll change my opinion of The Day upon numerous listens; I wasn’t a fan of King Kong at first either, and that’s easily become one of my favorite Curren$y tracks. Also, I kinda feel like this song is unfinished, but that’s mainly just Mos’ distorted chorus that has me thinking so.