After New Orleans rapper Curren$y broke his foot in August at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival in Los Angeles, a doctor ordered him to take it easy for the next few months. He has been compliant in his own way.
Currently on the Smoker’s Club tour with Method Man, Big K.R.I.T. and a slew of artists from his own Jet Life camp, Curren$y transformed the 9:30 Club stage Monday night into a replica of his living room. “The doctor told me to rest my foot and stay in the crib, so I brought the crib to D.C.!” he told the crowd.
He then proceeded to give a nearly hour-long set, Solomon Burke-style: Save for a little hopping around, Curren$y was seated during the performance. Not everyone could kill a show from that position, but with his relaxed delivery, trippy beats (courtesy of producers including the Alchemist and Monsta Beatz) and subject matter that often revolves around getting high, the laid-back format worked well.
Murky weed tracks such as “Smoke Break,” “Roasted” and “Elevator Music” don’t need to be delivered with a lot of animated movement. And during moments when Curren$y — who inked a deal with Asylum/Warner Bros. this year — delivered his intricate lyrics with a little more force, as was the case with “King Kong” and “Hold On,” he had the likes of Fiend and Smoke DZA to jump around and hype the crowd.
The prolific rapper appreciated the crowd’s embrace, despite that many could only see the top of his head for much of his show.
“Even though I couldn’t stand up, y’all held me down all night,” he said, before his entourage put him in a wheelchair and rolled him out to his tour bus.