Old Feelings Die Hard.
As I listened intently to the ‘2009’ project with mixed feelings, one thing became very apparent. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y have not skipped a beat. And funny enough, it is only towards the end of the first track, ‘Garage Talk’ that I remembered there has been a ten-year gap since the first Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y body of work ‘How Fly.’
Needless to say, the duo effortlessly transports us back in time. While both Wiz and Spitta use ‘2009’ to participate in a montage of braggadocios bravado, tossing beats back and forth, they cover everything from the old school cars they can drive, to the sneakers they wear, and the attractive women they pull.
However, this isn’t the year 2009. It’s 2019. And this is where I start to fight my reaction to this project. Because while I want to revel in the nostalgia that is TGOD and Jett Life, there are times through the mentions of the Andretti OG and KK (Khalifa Kush), when Wiz makes mention of the son that he has and the monetary gains he’s invested in making sure he is set up for the rest of his life. It is then that you and I as fans have to take note of this friendly reminder: you are not the same person you were in your bedroom or college dorm screaming Jet Life and TGOD.
Or, if you let yourself admit it. Maybe you are.
With beats that could arguably interchange with sounds from ‘How Fly,’ if you are a fan of this tandem then for all intents and purposes, they have done you justice. Through songs like ‘10 Piece,’ and one-liners like “Now we fathers, know that God got us,” you can only deduct that they have grown with you, while still staying true to their core.
Which leaves me to answer my questions surrounding why the two finally decided to release this rumored project so long after its rumored original release date in 2009. The flows are current, and in a world of saturated trap drums, it does something to your mind when you listen to these flows. You can appreciate the preserved sound. It is definitely “…still G’d up and way more papered up.”
Spitta is Goals. Khalifa is Growth.
While the first Khalifa and Spitta collab spoke of the come up and lavish smoke filled dreams, these new songs reek of the two men reaching the real success they used to rap about. Keeping in their pocket sonically they prove that in ten years they have only mastered riding the mellow rhythms that embody their signature sound. Spitta stays on the beat with his melodic tone. Using songs like ‘Stoned Gentleman’ the New Orleans native points out his contributions to the Soundcloud’s rapper current money model describing himself as: “one of the originals who showed you fools how to turn the internet rhymes into residuals.”
And Wiz doesn’t disappoint. Exercising his unique sense of lax urgency, it is bars like those on ‘From the Start’ that can explain why the novelty in Khalifa’s tempo created a space for him in the game that is all his own, as he raps: “Now everything in our name. Influence the game with our slang.”
With appearances from both Ty Dolla $ign (Benz Boys) and Problem (Getting Loose) on the project, nothing takes away from the original vibe of what ‘2009’ would have been in 2009. Curren$y makes it very clear in songs like “Find A Way” that he knows how much influence he and Khalifa have on other rappers and their cult-like fan base. And It is that influence that will have them buying tickets to the tour accompanying this project. See the dates below:
“Jets Gang. Taylor Life.”
Written by Chay Rodriguez