Thanks to his smart lyrics, the Louisiana-based Curren$y landed a label deal in 2003, but it took three labels and seven years of underground releases before the rapper made his official debut. Born Shante Anthony Franklin and raised in New Orleans, Curren$y was originally signed to Master P’s No Limit label, but in 2005 he made the move to Lil Wayne and Birdman’s Cash Money imprint, Young Money. In 2010 he joined the Def Jam family via Damon Dash’s imprint DD172. With the label’s in-house producer Ski Beatz handling most of the production, Curren$y's Pilot Talk album appeared in July of that year. ~ David Jeffries
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