Shante Scott Franklin, born April 4, 1981, better known by his stage name Curren$y, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the younger brother of rapper Mr. Marcelo.
In 2002, Curren$y signed to Master P's No Limit Records and was a member of the 504 Boyz. The Song "Get Back" by 504 Boyz made it to the Malibu's Most Wanted soundtrack. Curren$y appeared on 5 songs in Master P's Good Side, Bad Side album, released in 2004. Later on in 2004, Curren$y signed with Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, where he remained until late 2007. While still at Young Money, Curren$y created Fly Society with skateboarder Terry Kennedy, first as a clothing company, then expanding to release music. He released the song, "Where da Cash At" as the lead single for his Young Money debut, Music To Fly To, in 2006 but due to several push backs and lack of promotion, Curren$y decided to leave the label and venture off to do business on his own. For several months throughout 2008, Curren$y released a series of mixtapes. Though he now had the co-sign of one of the top hip hop magazines, Curren$y was still overlooked by major labels.
2009: This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files
Curren$y signed with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album, This Ain't No Mixtape, in 2009. Curren$y also released his second album, Jet Files, through Amalgam Digital in 2009. Amalgam Digital finally released physical copies of This Ain't No Mixtape and Jet Files on May 31, 2011.
2010: Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II
Curren$y's third album, Pilot Talk, was released on July 13, 2010. Prior to the album's release, there was news of Pilot Talk being released under a newly relaunched Roc-A-Fella Records. However, Curren$y stated in interviews with both XXL and Complex Magazine that the album would be released under Damon Dash's DD172 record label division, BluRoc Records and distributed through Def Jam Recordings. Curren$y make numerous appearances on labelmate Ski Beatz' debut studio album, 24 Hour Karate School, which was released on September 21, 2010. Curren$y's fourth album, Pilot Talk II, was released on November 22, 2010, which featured Fiend and Raekwon, among others.
2011: Covert Coup, Weekend At Burnie's, Muscle Car Chronicles, and Pilot Talk III
On February 1, 2011, it was announced that Curren$y signed a label deal with Warner Bros. Records for his imprint, Jet Life Recordings. He has hopes to release new music projects by his artists Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy and Street Wiz. Covert Coup, Curren$y's fifth studio album, is his first project on his Jet Life Recordings imprint under Warner Bros. Released for free via Curren$y's official website on April 20th, the album contains ten songs completely produced by The Alchemist. He plans to release his sixth album, Weekend At Burnie's on June 28, 2011. All but one of the album's songs will feature production by frequent collaborator Monsta Beatz. His seventh album, Muscle Car Chronicles, a 2-Disc set, was recently postponed and a release date has not yet been announced. Curren$y also plans on releasing Pilot Talk III in 2011 and mentioned the possibility of it being a free album. A Jet Life sampler and an album called Puff Daddy are also in talks to be released in 2011.
This Ain't No Mixtape (2009)
Jet Files (2009)
Pilot Talk (2010)
Pilot Talk II (2010)
Covert Coup (2011)
Weekend At Burnie's (2011)
Muscle Car Chronicles (2011)
Pilot Talk III (TBA)
Puff Daddy (TBA)
Sports Center Vol.1
Welcome Back, Curren$y
G. Series Vol. 1 (with Mack Maine)
Life At 30,000 Feet
Higher Than 30,000 Feet
Welcome to The Winners Circle
Fear and Loathing in New Orleans
Super Tecmo Bowl
Fast Times at Ridgemont Fly
How Fly (with Wiz Khalifa)
Return to The Winners Circle