Moody, ambient beats and unquestionable musical synergy…

In the weeks leading up to the release of ‘Fetti’, Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had been teasing fans with their social media back and forth. With Alchemist having already completed his work on the production, the main dialogue between the rappers involved who needed to finish their verses in order for this anticipated album to be released.

Eventually, they set a date for the project’s unveiling that brought excitement to a new high, bringing together a trio that was first heard in 2011 on ‘Scottie Pippens’ – a standout track from Curren$y & Alchemist’s first joint project ‘Covert Coup’.

Despite a span of seven years, all involved have managed to capture and harness that same energy created and extend it over the course of a full-length, albeit concise, effort, with ‘Saturday Night Special’ likely to be seen by some as the second coming of ‘Scottie Pippens’.

When artists collaborate on albums it can be difficult to find a space where it doesn’t sound like it’s one of the individual’s projects that is featuring the other individual on every track, but throughout the 24 minutes that Fetti runs, there are numerous moments that are perfectly suited to fit both Curren$y and Gibbs. This is evident immediately via the opening track ‘Location Remote’, which has the two rappers referring to their association within their verses over some typically atmospheric Alchemist production.

The producer provides a selection of instrumentals that range from the moody, ambient style that is akin to the beats heard on ‘Covert Coup’ to the soul sample led sound that Curren$y and Gibbs have also been accustomed to rhyming over. The peak of the former style is perhaps ‘Saturday Night Special’, where Spitta and Gibbs seamlessly trade verses over the enchanting instrumental. Meanwhile, the highlight of the latter variety of sound is on ‘New Thangs’, a brilliant interpretation of soulful hip-hop.

Although ‘Fetti’ is a joint project, there is still space within the nine tracks for Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs to go solo. ‘Now & Later Gators’ offers the opportunity for Gibbs to channel his inner soul singer (something he’s hinted at wanting to do via the imagery used for his latest solo album ‘Freddie’), crooning over the smooth production with menacing intent, while Spitta flexes throughout ‘No Window Tints’ in such a way that it will only enhance the demand for another project with Alchemist at the production helm. Gibbs is once again let loose on his own on the ominous and threatening ‘Willie Lloyd’, where he certainly lives up to his Gangsta Gibbs nickname.

Despite the difference in the lyrical content delivered by Curren$y and Gibbs, there is an unquestionable musical synergy between the two, and with Curren$y and Alchemist already having completed two projects, it would be unsurprising if fans demanded something similar from Alchemist and Gibbs. Before its release, ‘Fetti’ had the potential to be one of the strongest hip-hop albums of the year due to the skilled people involved and it has no doubt fulfilled that promise.

8/10

Words: Nathan Fisher

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