Pilot Talk

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Pilot Talk
Studio album by Curren$y
Released July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 42:49
Label DD172
Producer Curren$y, Damon Dash (exec.)
Ski Beatz, Nesby Phips, Monsta Beatz & Mos Def
Curren$y chronology
Jet Files
Pilot Talk
Pilot Talk II
Singles from Pilot Talk
  1. "King Kong"
    Released: April 27, 2010
  2. "Roasted"
    Released: June 21, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10) [2]
URB 4.5/5 stars [3]
Spin 7/10 stars [4]
AllHipHop.com 8/10 stars [5]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars [6]
PopMatters 9/10 stars [7]

Pilot Talk is the third studio album by rapper Curren$y. It was to be the first released under the newly re-launched Roc-A-Fella Records by Damon Dash and distributed through Def Jam Recordings.[8] It was later revealed that the album would be released under Damon Dash's DD172 record label division, BluRoc Records.[9][10] The album was originally scheduled to be released on March 23, 2010.[9] However, when the Def Jam deal was acquired, the album was given a June 15, 2010 release.[8] The album was then pushed back and released on July 13.[11] The entire album is solely produced by Ski Beatz except "Prioritize", which is produced by Nesby Phips, and "Roasted", which is produced by Monsta Beatz.[12] Ski Beatz also remixed the song "Breakfast" for the album which was originally produced by Mos Def.[13] Several music videos were shot for the album promotion and can be found on CreativeControl.tv[14]

The album debuted at number 39 on the Billboard 200.[15] It sold just over 10,764 copies its first week.[16] The album is now at 33,000 in total sales.[17]


Videos for "Life Under the Scope", "Breakfast", "Address" and "Prioritize" were shot for the album promotion and can be found on CreativeControl.tv.[14] The lead single, "King Kong" was produced by Ski Beatz and released for digital download on April 27, 2010.[18] The music video premiered on DD172's CreativeControl.tv[11] as well as their Vimeo page on May 15, 2010.[19] The video begins with Curren$y driving in his Chevrolet El Camino, playing "Respiration" from the Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star album. Other footage is taken from Curren$y in New Orleans. The video was directed by Jonah Schwartz of Creative Control. The second single, "Roasted", was released for digital download on June 21, 2010 and features Trademark and Young Roddy of Curren$y's Jets International.[20][21] A music video for the single was released on July 8, 2010. The video was shot in New York at numerous locations including, DD172.[22][23] A video for the song, Audio Dope II, was released virally on October 12, 2010.[24]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Example"  
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Guitar: John Cave
  • Keyboard: Basil Wajdowicz
Ski Beatz 2:00
2. "Audio Dope II"  
  • Bass: Brady Watt
Ski Beatz 4:10
3. "King Kong"     Ski Beatz 3:00
4. "Seat Change" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Guitar: Sean O'Connell
  • Backing vocals: McKenzie Eddy
Ski Beatz 3:51
5. "Breakfast"  
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Guitar: John Cave
  • Trumpet: Josiah Woodson
  • Background Vocals: Mos Def
Mos Def, Ski Beatz 2:49
6. "Roasted" (featuring Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy)   Monsta Beatz 4:25
7. "Skybourne" (featuring Big K.R.I.T. & Smoke DZA)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Guitar: John Cave
  • Backing vocals: Olamide Faison
Ski Beatz 4:16
8. "The Hangover" (featuring Sir Michael Rocks)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Keys: Matt Beilis
Ski Beatz 3:23
9. "The Day" (featuring Jay Electronica & Mos Def)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
Ski Beatz 3:24
10. "Prioritize" (featuring Nesby Phips)   Nesby Phips 3:13
11. "Chilled Coughphee" (featuring Devin the Dude)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Keys: Basil Wajdowicz
  • Trombone: Alex Asher
  • Trumpet: Josiah Woodson
Ski Beatz 2:08
12. "Address" (featuring Stalley)
  • Bass: Brady Watt
Ski Beatz 3:06
13. "Life Under the Scope"  
  • Bass: Brady Watt
  • Keys: Mike Levy
Ski Beatz & Michael Sterling Eaton 3:04


  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Review: Pilot Talk". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brehain, Tom. "Review: Pilot Talk". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Vidal, Dan. "Review: Pilot Talk". URB. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ Detrick, Ben. "Curren$y, 'Pilot Talk' (DD172/Island Def Jam)". Spin. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ AbduSalaam, Ismael. "Curren$y, 'Pilot Talk' (DD172/Island Def Jam)". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gibson, Luke. "Curren$y, 'Pilot Talk' (DD172/Island Def Jam)". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ Amidon, David. "Curren$y, 'Pilot Talk' (DD172/Island Def Jam)". Popmatters. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem. "Damon Dash Resurrects Roc-A-Fella To Start A 'Positive Movement'". 
  9. ^ a b Creative Control at YouTube PILOT TALK - WWW.CREATIVECONTROL.TV on YouTube
  10. ^ "Curren$y's Rocafella Chain Powered By BLUROC". DDotOmen. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  11. ^ a b "Music Videos: Curren$y: King Kong". 
  12. ^ "Curren$y, My Sophomore Year". XXL Magazine. 
  13. ^ "Ski Beatz: Ski Remixes Breakfast". 
  14. ^ a b "Music Videos: Curren$y at Creative Control". 
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299847/curreny/chart
  16. ^ "Currensy Pilot Talk First Week Sales | A leading hip-hop music blog". Hiptics.com. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  17. ^ "Upcoming Releases". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  18. ^ "King Kong – Discography". Island Def Jam. 
  19. ^ "Curren$y - King Kong on Vimeo". 
  20. ^ "New Single: Curren$y - Roasted Featuring Trademark & Young Roddy". 
  21. ^ "Curren$y: "Roasted" at Prefixmag.com". 
  22. ^ "Music Videos: Curren$y: Roasted". 
  23. ^ "Curren$y - Roasted (ft. Trademark & Young Roddy)". 
  24. ^ "VIDEO: CURREN$Y – AUDIO DOPE 2 « DD172". Retrieved October 13, 2010.