Last updated: 07/26/2011 11:00:00 AM
Curren$y,or The Hot Spitta or Spitta the first act signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label through Cash Money Records. Hailing from the suburbs of New Orleans, Da Hot Spitta is a brash young lyricist following in the footsteps of his brother and former 504 Boyz member, Mr. Marcelo. Through Marcelo's affiliation with No Limit Records, Curren$y befriended C-Murder and eventually signed to his TRU Records imprint,and Master P's the 504 Boyz, appearing on a limited amount of material with the group (though he was often credited as "504 Boyz featuring Currency", making his membership in the group appear minor at best).But due to C's constant run-ins with the law, which culminated in a 25-to-life prison sentence for murder, Curren$y gave up on hip-hop, shifting his focus to skateboarding and fashion design. A chance meeting with Lil Wayne at a New Orleans Hornets basketball game in 2005 would steer him back to rap. The two actually attended elementary school together and Wayne was shocked to hear his former classmate had quit rappin'. Familiar with Curren$y's work with No Limit, Birdman Jr. suggested he reconsider retirement. It wasn't long before the N'awlins natives were in the studio together recording music and Wayne offered Curren$y a deal. Since then, he's built a modest buzz through appearances on Wayne's mixtapes, including Dedication 2, which spawned the regional hit, "Where Da Cash At." His industry stock rose even further after his guest spot on "Grown Man" off Wayne's critically acclaimed Tha Carter II. He is included in the song "Motha Fuck You" which is found on Soulja Slim's album Years Later. He was planned to be the first artist released on Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label.Currency left Cash Money Records in December 2007 due to no recognition and promotion. He is now signed with Terry Kennedy's Fly Society. He has since put out the mixtape Independence Day. He plans on releasing his debut album Music To Fly To in June 2008 Currency has come out with an underground hit song called "Where Da Cash At", which can be heard on several of Lil' Wayne's mixtapes, including The Dedication 2. .