Shante Scott Franklin (born April 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Currensy (stylized as Curren$y) is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was one of the original members of Young Money Entertainment, a label founded by Lil Wayne. In 2011, Franklin founded the label Jet Life Recordings.
2002–08: No Limit and Young Money
In 2002, Curren$y was signed to Master P's No Limit Records and was a member of the 504 Boyz. The song "Get Back" by 504 Boyz Produced by Donald XL Robertson made it to the Malibu's Most Wanted soundtrack. Curren$y appeared on 5 songs in Master P's Good Side, Bad Side album, released in 2004. Even though he was signed with No Limit, he represented C-Murders TRU label. Curren$y has several songs with incarcerated friend C-Murder, and was featured on the late Soulja Slim's album, Years Later.
Later on in 2004, Curren$y signed with Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment. He featured in Lil Wayne's Dedication, Dedication 2, The Suffix and several unreleased songs while with Young Money. He released a mixtape entitled Welcome Back in 2004. He was featured in Lil Wayne's "Grown Man" on Tha Carter II. While still at Young Money, Curren$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 had to deal with several push-backs and lack of promotion. In 2007, another mixtape was released entitled Life at 30,000 Feet. He remained with Young Money until late 2007. For several months throughout 2008, Curren$y released a series of mixtapes.
2009–10: This Ain't No Mixtape, Jet Files and Pilot Talk
Curren$y signed with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album, This Ain't No Mixtape, in 2009. This album was entirely produced by Monsta Beatz. Curren$y additionally released his second album, Jet Files, through Amalgam Digital in 2009. Amalgam Digital released physical copies of This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files on May 31, 2010.
Curren$y's third album, Pilot Talk, was released on July 13, 2010. The album featured guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Big K.R.I.T. and Mos Def, amongst others, with most of the songs produced by Ski Beatz. Prior to the album's release, there was news of Pilot Talk being released under a newly relaunched Roc-A-Fella Records. Notwithstanding Curren$y stated in interviews with both XXL and Complex Magazine that the album would be released under Damon Dash's DD172 record label division, BluRoc Records and distributed through Def Jam Recordings. Curren$y made numerous appearances on labelmate Ski Beatz' debut studio album, 24 Hour Karate School, which was released on September 21, 2010.
2010–11: Pilot Talk II and Weekend at Burnie's
Curren$y's fourth album, Pilot Talk II, was released on November 22, 2010, which featured Fiend and Raekwon, among others, with a large number of of the songs produced by Ski Beatz. 2010 additionally saw the release of mixtape Smokee Robinson with DJ Don Cannon.
On February 1, 2011, it was announced that Curren$y signed a label deal with Warner Bros. Records for his imprint, Jet Life Recordings. Covert Coup was his first project on his Jet Life Recordings imprint under Warner Bros. Released for free via Curren$y's official website on April 20, the album contains ten songs completely produced by The Alchemist. He released a mixtape, Weekend at Burnie's on June 28, 2011, featuring his Jet-Life anthem "#JetsGo", which was produced by Rahki. The rest of the mixtape was produced by frequent collaborator Monsta Beatz. In 2011, Curren$y and his Jet Life crew released the album Jet World Order, under Jets International / iHipHop. Every track on this album features Young Roddy and Trademark da Skydiver. Frequent collaborators of Curren$y are additionally featured on this album, including Smoke DZA, The Cool Kids' Mikey Rocks, Cornerboy P, Fiend, Street Wiz, and Nesby Phips. Curren$y himself appears on three tracks.
2012–13: The Stoned Immaculate and Live in Concert
On November 10, 2011, Curren$y announced through Twitter the release of a new album. Muscle Car Chronicles, a 2-Disc set, was released on February 14, 2012. Curren$y additionally plans on releasing Pilot Talk III in 2013, and mentioned the possibility of it being a free album. In February 2012, Curren$y released the EP Here..., and a few days later released another EP #The1st28 with Styles P.
On April 21, 2012 the track listing for The Stoned Immaculate was released. In July 2012, Curren$y released the EP featuring all production by Harry Fraud, Cigarette Boats. On October 31, 2012 he released the mixtape Priest Andretti.
He will release a new tape with Wiz Khalifa, titled Live in Concert. In November 2012 Curren$y gave an update on his and Wiz Khalifa's mixtape Live in Concert saying its release is being held up by sample issues. In January 2013, Curren$y said that due to these same legal issues, the mixtape would likely become a retail album. It was released as an iTunes only EP on April 20, 2013.
On October 30, 2013, Curren$y released The Stage EP with Smoke DZA and Harry Fraud.
2014–present: The Drive In Theatre and Pilot Talk III
Curren$y announced a new mixtape, The Drive In Theatre, in January 2014. He followed up on January 26, 2014, with the release of a new single, "Godfather 4" featuring Action Bronson. On February 4, 2014, Curren$y took to Twitter to announce a release date for The Drive In Theatre, it was released on February 14, 2014.
On January 17, 2013, Curren$y announced on Twitter that he and Ski Beatz began the process of making Pilot Talk III. The album has been in development ever since, with Curren$y, in various interviews, naming possible guest appearances from Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Ab-Soul, French Montana, Action Bronson, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Riff Raff, with a majority of the production handled by Ski Beatz, along with a few production from Cool & Dre. On January 19, 2015, Curren$y posted the album's possible artwork on his Instagram account, created by David Barnett, who was additionally responsible for the artwork of the first two Pilot Talk albums. On March 1, 2015, DJ Skee released the first single "Alert" featuring Styles P and produced by Ski Beatz. On March 15, 2015, Curren$y announced that he'll be releasing Pilot Talk III exclusively on a $100 USB drive, "bundled with a Jet Life shirt and Pilot Talk 3 look book" with accompanying music videos. Notwithstanding he additionally hinted at the album might be up for streaming. The bundle is currently available for pre-order on the Jet Life website, which additionally confirmed that it won't be released on iTunes. It is currently set for release on April 4, 2015.
Jet Life Recordings
On February 1, 2011, Curren$y started his imprint Jet Life Recordings.
In March 2012, news surfaced of legal action being taken against Damon Dash by Curren$y. In the lawsuit, the rapper claimed that he never legally signed to Dash's DD172 label, and the record executive released the pair of albums (Pilot Talk I and Pilot Talk II) as well as Muscle Car Chronicles without authorization. Curren$y is demanding that Dash immediately stop releasing his music for profit, and is seeking $1.5 million in damages. On October 6, 2015, Currensy was awarded $3 million in settlement stemming from the 2012 lawsuit against Dash for releasing material of his music without his consent.
- Studio albums