Don’t Sleep: Necessary Notables
Headliners: Curren$y and Harry Fraud
Mixtape: Cigarette Boats
Key Cameo: “Mirrors” featuring Smoke Dza
Real Spit: If you let producer Harry Fraud describe Cigarette Boats, his new EP with New Orleans rap star Curren$y, he isn’t going to short change it. “It’s just all across the board phenomenal,” Fraud told Mixtape Daily back in June when he and Smoke Dza came to MTV News to promote their Rugby Thompson album.
Actually, if not for Smoke Dza, Fraud and Curren$y would probably have never formed a union. “It really came about when we went to do the record ’Baleedat’ for Smoke’s album with Curren$y,” the Brooklyn beatsmith explained. “I had met Curren$y briefly for one second at a radio station, but that was the first time we really kicked it.”
If you don’t know Harry Fraud by name, you surely know his work. Bad Boy MC French Montana has Fraud to thank for his breakout hit “Shot Caller.” Harry also produced Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent’s “Telescope,” Maybach Music Group’s “The Zenith” and an array of head-nodders for Smoke Dza and Queens, New York, MC Action Bronson. Now, he can add Spitta to his growing list of collaborators.
Fraud recalled his audition for Curren$y: “He just asked me to play some beats, and I played like five beats, and he was just like, ’Yo, I need all of those. We gotta do a little EP with those.’ ”
Those same five beats became the entire sound bed for the Cigarette Boats EP, which the pair released online Tuesday (July 10) as a free download. The project features contributions from the LOX’s Styles P on “WOH” as well as Dza on “Mirrors.”
“If you’re familiar with Curren$y as of now, you’re gonna love it. And to the people that might be more familiar with my stuff on a street level, they’re gonna love it too,” Fraud promised.
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