The year 2004. The car I'm riding in 1995 Honda Civic that's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle green (All honey's used to be in that car). Just left best buy from buying cd's. Yes! I'm from the dinosaur era where I was still buying physical copies of music. 1 of the albums I bought in spring of that year was Good Side Bad Side by Master P. He's in my personal top 10 all time so I was still supporting him even though it was the unpopular move but I didn't give a fuck this man low key taught us how to get money with this music shit. I was a No Limit Soldier for real, you couldn't tell me shit. When I listen to new shit I buy, I skim through and rate the production first then go back and play it all the way through. If I fuck with the beats most likely I'll fuck with your album. This album was a double disc so I was on disc 2 just feeling out the beats and track 8 comes on. It was called "20's on the cars and 26's on the trucks." The days when your rims got all the hoes. I stopped because I kind of like the beat and the first verse comes on and I'm like "Who is this rapping? He sounds sleepy as fuck like he just woke up from a fire ass nap but he smoothly riding the shit outta this beat." I heard him on other tracks on the album but kind of dismissed him but for some reason on that particular track I was like I fuck with this guy (pause). Name? Curren$y Tha Hot Spitta. Code name? Spitta Andretti. It was at that moment 11 years ago, I became a fan.
All we do is wait for homie to drop a album on No Limit right? Right?! Nope. He disappeared. Remember, at the time mixtapes weren't really a huge thing only people who were doing mixtapes was G-Unit, Dipset, and Wayne with The "Sqad Up" series. Today if label deals go sour rappers can just drop tapes to get their buzz back or keep them afloat so they can still make show money. I guess the music gods were looking out because he pops up outta nowhere on Lil Wayne's Tha Carter II and fucking skates on his feature on "Grown Man." It's lit! You also have the infamous Young Money Youtube video with Spitta rapping on the Young Money tour bus. My nigga bout to shine finally. The Dedication mixtape drops Spitta dropping gems as I expected and holding his own with at the time the hottest rapper in the game then he drops a music video for "Where The Cash At" with Remy Ma. Everything looking very prosperous for Spitta then he disappears again. No album. No mixtape. Nothing. Just vanished.
The Jet Life Commander then appears again with a bunch of mixtapes. He was dropping them shits like the old No Limit albums seemed like they was dropping every fucking week. Vintage Spitta with the airplane noises at the start of every track. He didn't stop there, I heard a G as fuck verse on a mixtape track called "Certified" by Ray Cash, "This Isn't A mixtape" dropped and then the holy grail. The main event. The Wrestlemania of mixtapes. The tape where I knew he arrived. "How Fly" with Wiz Khalifa. The first time I ever really listened to Wiz was on this tape so Spitta kind of put me on to his music. Andretti was smashing every verse on this tape just a onslaught of cool shit it was like 1000 M.Bison Psycho Crushers. Every date I went on I would play this tape in my old Monte Carlo cruising. Thank you Spitta and Wiz you guys low key threw Benny the alley oop to G.T.D (Get the drawls). I'm forever grateful. Forever a fan. The Smokee Robinson tape drops after that at the top of 2010 and he just took off from there like the name of his empire.
I call Spitta the unsung hero. Fuck that. The G unsung. A man that doesn't get the credit he deserves. I truly believe he saved the culture at a time the game was boring as fuck in every aspect. The Cool Kids (Mikey Rocks & Chuck English) had everybody rocking 90's fashion and Spitta was in the cut low key creating a new culture. Wiz contributed to this also but I think Spitta passed the game to Wiz and Wiz got more famous than Spitta did and the trends and lifestyle took off faster. Everything spread like wildfire because Wiz became so popular. Think about this. Spitta is not the first rapper to smoke using papers. (Snoop, Cypress Hill, etc) but Spitta made that shit a trend. He told Wiz to smoke papers when he was still smoking blunts and Wiz switched to papers. Everybody I knew at the time ditched blunts. The camo shorts and high socks trend I seen Spitta doing it first then everybody started it. The overly rapping about weed shit. Devin The Dude is kind of the pioneer of that shit to me. You can say Red and Meth too but Spitta popularized that shit. The lazy, cool, snack raps that's all him. The next shit is the most slept on trend though. When Spitta was doing work with Dame Dash in New York they basically DESTROYED the music video budget game. Hip Hop videos used to be 6 figures to make whether it was by Benny Boom, Hype Williams, Little X, the budget would cost you a fucking house. Dame had the Creative Control brand, they shot all the videos with cheaper DSLR cameras, and the videos came out just as dope as the ones with astronomical budgets. The fact that this man doesn't get his props for his contribution in the game is fucking criminal but I think it's cool that Spitta doesn't throw it in your face like a herb and that's what makes him great and why people root for him to keep winning. He could easily go on rants but he just keeps it chill. He just puts his best foot forward, lights another one up, and continues to grind.
Look at how far he's come without having to compromise his integrity or his art. He did it HIS way. Overcame 2 failed major deals. Over 40 plus projects. Label deal. Millionaire. Cars galore. Put his homies on so they can eat. Bringing cultures together throwing up their pinkies and thumbs at his tour shows and sharing tree. In his words "Haters stand clear of him. Yall stand and cheer for him. Shook away from lames and overcame let's hear it for him." Give it up for the JETS general, a Underground King. The G Unsung.