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This first joint gives us the perfect introduction to this album and the Jet Life creed— get money and let no one stop you, including these women. The head of the Jets crew leads us off on this track, speaking on his usual topics; smoking good weed, making moves, and meeting fast females. The production significantly adds to the aura of the track with a beat heavy on the chimes and high notes and backed by a tense bassline at times. It almost makes you feel like
Pausing the record and going out to hustle up some paper for yourself. The Trademark feature added little to the track, except for highlighting Curren$y’s ability to ride the beat better than most. The last verse, given to us by the No Limit OG Fiend, added a grittiness that the track was definitely missing. No true standout lines or metaphors one would expect from Andretti but
most fans won’t be disappointed in this one.
Weed so strong you need a weight belt to hit it
I take that bitch mind like a hypnotist
The Priest blesses us with some more game in this second track, flowing over unyielding synths and blasting snare shots that would have been hard to listen to without Spitta’s laid back style. Whatever was lacking in the first song was made up for here, as we get some great automobile imagery (a shout out to Chip Foose) as well as some classic “pimpology” with lines like
Listening to them hoes, you on Front Street
For the most part, it’s more of the same Jet Code material, but with fresh images and cleverly unique metaphors. Aside from the
overbearing beat, it’s well done and those who ride with Curren$y will definitely be able to ride to this joint.
Boat deck in my Nautica sweats, I’m yachting
Open water wilding like a Somalian pirate
Spotted your bitch and she instantly plotted
If you know your Blaxploitation flicks, then you can guess what this song is about. The classic “Mr. Go-Left-On-A-Bitch-Who-Can’t-Find-Her-Right-Mind” comes out strong on arguably the most laid
back beat on the album. The production here seems to be heavily influenced by the No Limit/Soulja Slim era without the 100 mph drum kit. The Hot Spitta paints yet another interesting
scene in this song and finishes it up by professing his love for independent, boss-lady type women. I think that we can all relate. This track has the ability to make everyone’s head bob and
eyes hang low, even if you don’t partake in that Jet life.
You gon' stand up all night if you waiting on me to save you bitch
These seats reserved for boss ladies, my Rodeo babies
“Is that a Jazz flute I hear?” Why, yes it is. Unusual beat but definitely uptempo and funky enough to bring you out of that smokey haze from the previous song. It also brings you the second feature of the album which, again, probably takes away more from the song than it contributes. Cornerboy’s verse sounds sloppy and gives you the feeling he is playing catch up throughout. Curren$y takes this opportunity to show you again how effortlessly he rides the beat. It’s also the first time on the tape he makes a significant movie reference, which is probably Spitta’s most endearing talent; tying our favorite movie scenes into everyday life is his gift. Not the strongest joint so far, with nothing that really slaps you in the face, but the leader of the Jets can be heard here as consistently as ever.
I was standing in the front, black 6’s
Taking pictures with our best bitches
Bottom mama, that money piranha
Go deep in that water
Track five stays with the pattern of the album so far, following up the previous song’s energetic tempo with a much more laid back joint. Coincidence? I don’t know, but the production on this track seems tailormade for the N.O. MC’s smooth vocals. The alien synths fit well with the Jet Life knowledge being dropped here, while Spitta continues to peddle game to the non-lifers with some of the most vivid lyrics on the album. Definitely a standout for those that
fuck with the Jet set but for those that don’t, it may come off as one of the more simple tracks on this mixtape.
Dress like I really didn’t have no plans
Light Rolex, maybe a chain, t-shirt, sweatpants
Bumping that Juicy J “Bands A Make Her"
But she made it shake and I ain’t even have to pay her
In this somewhat out of the ordinary conscience anthem, Curren$y samples Fiend’s “Trip to London” track off of his 1999 album Street Life. The ominous chamber chorus in the background blends beautifully behind Fiend’s gritty lyrics. The feature is, again, not the most pleasant verse to listen to, but one which conveys a lot of emotion. We also gain a unique perspective on Spitta’s body of work thus far with his verse. After hearing it, it’s easy to understand why he chooses to focus so much on the Jet life; the only other life he knows (growing up in the notorious Magnolia projects) isn’t the easiest to talk about. This is a refreshing record and a definite switch up from Andretti’s usual content, but continues to highlight his acute awareness and thoughtfulness. Those who claim the N.O. native is too basic
should check this track out for sure.
Jet lifers, never die-ers
Mongooses with the stunt pegs
And my seat had the vice grip pliers
Okay, now let’s get back to that Jet shit! This is another standard joint from the Hot Spitta with plenty of Lifer shout outs, mega horsepower references, and hater acknowledgements. The production on this song will have you nodding to the heavy bass kicks and sharp snare taps, but the stripped down piano keys and ambient echos will have your subconscious desperately trying to hold on, especially while under the influence. Another obvious stand out for those who
adhere to the Jet Code
These opium raps, blue magic in the drums
Vacuum lungs, kush Dracula
You’ll live forever fucking with us
A straightforward song that follows closely with what the title claims: our man Vercetti Andretti talking a whole lot of shit. Nothing crazy here, just a whole lot of braggadocio kicked
over a beat that sounds like a throw-away from the Clipse’s Lord Willin'. Overall, a decent track, but one that you will probably forget about soon after it ends.
Drown many of clown niggas
Bitches’ll do it to ya every time
Ashes and ink every line
You’ll swear I live the pimp life more than a couple times
Is that more Jazz flute? It’s pretty obvious what era (think Ron Burgundy) inspired this project. Another laid back beat which features a verse from fellow pilot Young Roddy. This is
probably the best Jet Life guest verse on the tape and definitely the best feature so far. Roddy spits a smooth flow that shows he is both learning from Curren$y while also concocting his own style and flow. Priest displays his unorthodox, yet aesthetically pleasing, delivery again on this relaxed track. To put it in Jet Code, this is not a song for take-off, but definitely for the descent.
The hurricane had made me out a looter
The place I call home had turned me to a shooter
– Young Roddy
Following along with the jazzy theme, Andretti serves us up another joint to keep you steady coolin’ with “2 Much,“ an ode to the obvious but often forgotten fact: “you can never
have too much money.” Curren$y may talk about ballin’ out, but it is done with a subtle finesse that most rappers lack. And Jet Lifers know you never spend that which you can’t go out make back tomorrow. This is a short track that adds a little more value to the thematic elements of the project and will be a stand out to many.
I’ma let you hit the weed, once we on that interstate
I don’t be smoking on them streets
The traffic lights will have you in the jam with the man
I ain’t spending not a minute in the can
With an almost haunting piano line and stiff drum kit, Priest drags us back to the reality of the streets with the help of two distinct features from respected artists. The trio forgoes any hook in favor of 3 very concise verses packed into a 3 minute track that leaves you with a feeling of wanting more. Of course, the Bosses can’t share all their dealings with the underlings. Noreaga blazes the beat with a tenacity we haven’t heard from him in a while as Spitta shows his brilliance at piecing together syllables in wildly unique ways. Styles P delivers another effortless verse using his gravelly voice to compliment the dark production perfectly. A generally vivid song that will appeal to Jets and outsiders alike.
So many clouds we smoking looking like a Roland explosion
Them bad bitches know him, kush and Gucci cologne
Releasing they pheromones, she horny
If you get the overwhelming feeling you are riding around the city in an old school Chevy, with the windows drawn up and smoke filling your lungs and burning your eyes, don’t worry. That’s supposed to happen. This track is without a doubt the cleanest, production-wise, on the tape, with its super funky bassline and nasally horns wailing away. Spitta delivers as always but the standout verse is his guest this time. Fiend reminds us where exactly Curren$y derives his
style from and points out he hasn’t yet perfected it. My personal favorite but may be a little too funky and laid back for some rap fans.
Move as the marvel over the Mediterranean
Money make the snobbish ask again what lane he in
Spot blood suckers like a born Transilvanian
Blocks so hot they prayin' for the rain again
The Priest continues to bestow us with clean production with this classical sounding joint, conjuring up images of flying first class with the strings quartet playing right in front of you, Titanic style. Curren$y shows off his sweeping flow, able to cover any beat while King Chip joins the past few collaborations in making up for unimpressive appearances at the beginning of the tape.
I don’t owe nobody shit, King Chip debt free
Matter fact, couple Clevland killers know me
I can tell em ‘keep it’, have em run up on, you know, P
– King Chip
Spitta brings us home with a solo track with an old RnB sample, setting the mood perfectly for this ode to Jet Set women around the world. This record serves fittingly as the end to the Priest Andretti story, with Curren$y crooning us throughout his one short verse. The imagery is heavy on this one as he leaves us to witness probably his greatest strength as an artist.
A lime to a lemon my jetset women
They allow me to get in where ever I fit in
I stop by, we be chillin’ I get high with ‘em
Spitta Andretti delivers with consistency once again with a surprisingly complete body of work. With the amount of free music he blesses us with, it is tough to find a project without at least 2 or 3 throwaways, but this project will leave very few disappointments for Jet Life fans. Overall, I think it is one of his better drops this year and definitely offers a few joints that even non-fans will enjoy.
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