2015 in Review: Pilot Talk III

I’m an economics major at Morehouse College in Atlanta and native of College Park, Ga. I fell in love with music back in 4th grade when I started playing the trumpet. Since then, music has been a vital and constant component of my life. I put my horn down after my sophomore year of college, but my ears are still fine-tuned for quality lines and remarkable production.

2015 was truly a great year for music. We've been gifted with what I'm sure will be classics for our generation. I enjoyed Travi$ Scott’s debut album Rodeo; it reminds me of Kid Cudi’s debut album, Man On the Moon: The End of Day, only it’s more sinister and mysterious. I am also extremely grateful for Future blessing us with multiple projects and constantly reminding the world that he hasn’t fallen off or lost it. Travi$ and Future’s albums were great; however, my favorite album of the year would have to be Pilot Talk III by Curren$y, who I also consider my favorite rapper overall. Ironically, I'm writing this on the way to his hometown of New Orleans, La., which I frequent just to enjoy the great food, vibes and people as often as I can.

Curren$y’s development as an artist has been extremely remarkable and admirable; it's easy to become stagnant or a puppet of the industry, yet he's managed to stay true to himself and his craft. I appreciate the content of the lyrics on this album and in the rest of Spitta's work because of the recurring themes of patience and staying down to reap what the universe has given you. For example, in the song “Opening Credits,” he raps about the devastation of being forced to sell his first low rider (1964 Chevrolet Impala) and living in an apartment without electricity.

Despite all the hardships, Spitta stayed down, remained humble and continued to make music and work to solidify his place in the rap game. These are my strongest personal values and the way he laces them over dope production such as “Famous” (Pilot Talk II), “Motion” (Priest Andretti) and “Talk My Shit” (Priest Andretti) allows me to identify with him even more.

As a fellow gearhead, I love picking up on all the car references in his rhymes or following the progress on his latest addition or improvement to his impressive automotive collection.

I believe everyone young and old could learn valuable life lessons from Curren$y's music. I certainly have over the years and I look forward to what he may have in store for 2016 and beyond.

Below are a few of my favorite Curren$y songs: