Curren$y Channels Truck Turner On A Mixtape Rooted In 70s Soul
The 1974 blaxpoloitation film Truck Turner starred legendary Soul artist and occasional actor Isaac Hayes as Mack Truck Turner, but it’s the movie’s second lead who has inspired Curren$y’s latest release. The Legend of Harvard Blue takes its name from the character played by Yaphet Kotto, whom Heads may know from films like Alien, Live and Let Die, and others. As Harvard Blue, Kotto plays a pimp who is enlisted as a hitman to take out Turner, the police officer played by Hayes. Unsurprisingly, Hayes also created the film’s soundtrack, much like he did with his Academy Award-winning work on Shaft. Truck Turner was originally released as a double feature with the much more well-known Foxy Brown and despite being the lesser known of the two, it is no less a classic in its canon. In a traditional sense, Hayes plays the film’s hero, but as characters like Iceberg Slim have proven, sometimes it’s the antihero whose story is the most compelling.
Released on his Jet Life Recordings imprint, this eight-track ‘tape from Spitta Andretti is laced with all the qualities one could conceivably expect from a project based on a ’70s pimp. It’s smooth, slick, and sports tracks with hustle-inspired titles like “Game for Sale,” “Supply and Demand,” and “Kilo Jam.”
With today’s release – even on a national holiday – Curren$y is continuing to prove he has the ability to put out quality content at a clip that seems inhuman.