Veteran New Orleans rapper Curren$y brags different. It’s maybe the singular thing that protects him from an inadvertently dismissive label like “everyman MC.” When he talks about about how well he’s doing—as he does early and often across Continuance, his collaborative album with producer The Alchemist—he does so in a way that bypasses leaving a listener feeling inadequate. Curren$y’s raps are a celebration of taste—in automobiles, clothing, jewelry, weed, women—and you can hear, in that signature laidback flow set to expertly chopped jazz loops, an implied invitation for you to join him. The guests here don’t necessarily have the same reputation for affability (Boldy James, Havoc, Styles P, Babyface Ray, to name a few), but they sound just as happy as Curren$y to be rapping over The Alchemist’s production.

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