After many months of procrastination, I’ve finally published the first installment in my compilation series inspired by pharmacologically induced euphoria. In other words, I’ve arranged a series of playlists to get high to. The music I’ve selected for Volume I of this collection has been rigorously tested using a variety of pharmaceutical drugs. I can say with confidence that my selection of chunes is best enjoyed under the influence of a safe dosage of CNS-depressants. Taking these drugs or any drugs, however, is in no way a requirement to enjoy Pharm Musik. Also, I do not condone the use of any non-prescribed medications or illicit drugs. In fact, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Volume I the past several months without ingesting any intoxicants whatsoever.
Volume I – Jet Life
Life is slower and stranger in New Orleans. Cajun dishes are cooked for many hours and trumpets and other horned instruments can be heard bellowing from rooftops. Residents of N’awlins exist on a different plane than most Americans. Even Louisiana natives living just outside of Orleans Parish do not share the same, zany reality as their counterparts in the city.
Curren$y is no different than his fellow residents; his leisurely demeanor, gentle peculiarities, and sedating affect are prototypical of the city that he was born in. Members of Curren$y’s New Orleans based collective, Jet Life , share a common ability to mystifyingly tranquilize listeners. The core members of Jet Life—Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, and Young Roddy—unremittingly stress their love of cannabis, but do so in a tone suggestive of another lover.
Although none of Jet Life’s members explicitly mention prescription medication, the unhurried pace of their rhyme schemes over an anesthetizing collection of beats combine to produce a soundscape reminiscent of the blurred and slowed high produced by CNS-depressants: benzodiazepines, opiates, and barbiturates. I do not believe Curren$y and his crew intend to inspire such pharmacological imagery when they concoct new tracks, but inadvertently, its portrayal in musical form is both undeniable and blissful. Jet Life has consistently released material ideal for any prescription-fueled escapade.
Volume I – Tracklist, Streaming, & Other Details
This compilation is jam-packed with Curren$y’s smoothest bangers. Aside from the four core Jet Life members I mentioned, Jet Life affiliates—Fiend, Corner Boy P, Le$, and Street Wiz—all make appearances over the course of the 50 track compilation. Smoke DZA, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg also receive prominent feature roles.
But what really makes Curren$y so appealing (considerations of pharmacology induced euphoria aside) is the consistency of the production value on his official releases, mixtapes, and collaborations. Curren$y and his gang clearly have fantastic ears for soulful loops that draw in listeners, perhaps serving more as a draw than the content of their lyrics. These hypnotic loops attract a broad range of listeners: stoners, backpackers, pill junkies, and skateboarders. While it can be argued many of the loops Curren$y and his affiliates rap over are distastefully simplistic, the New Orleans collective has devised a winning formula that has yet to bore his audience. While I find many of his lyrics to be utterly dull, I cannot helped but be swept into the sedative, soulful, and hypnotic beats that accompany the monotonicity of his voice. An abundance of excellent producers are present throughout Volume I, including Ski Beatz, Cookin’ Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Harry Fraud, Monsta Beatz, & The Alchemist.
Volume I – Alternative Artwork
Pharm Musik: Volume I not only can accompany some downers, it also serves as an incredibly extensive Jet Life Anthology. Although some very recent Curren$y is missing, this compilation is still incredibly comprehensive.
Either way, I hope you enjoy responsibly!