Curren$y's fleshed out, full-bodied performance was proof you didn't need a full band to rock a show, but some of external elements helped. The drum sample that opens "High Tunes" rumbled like a Neal Pert solo. On record, the sample of Sade's "Sally" on Pilot Talk II's "Famous" makes Curren$y sound (awesomely) like the rap game Gregory Abbott. But live, anytime the stage lights got reset to "blinding," it felt like the government bunker unveiling of the old Roswell spaceship in Independence Day. The horns and looped singers on the "Super High" remix sounded like the Mondoshawans descending on Luke Perry's Egyptian Temple in the Fifth Element.
Spitta's verse on that track also distills his strengths, coming in for a professional hit job that sets an impossibly high bar for Wiz and Ross (thankfully absent). He basically plays cat's cradle with the syllables, tumbling down a valley of consonant successionals in "purple cushions broke my fall, I fell from a grapevine" before stop starting "super hiiiigh. from the. free. throw. line. I'm. Dreeexler status, glide. du.cking.es.pi.o.nawj." Dude's just talking about getting high, but if you reduce it to that, you miss the myriad linguistic connections sculpted just to make the experience feel the otherworldly rush of, like, Robin Williams running on painted daffodils in What Dreams May Come.
Lights came up at midnight to mass confusion. While the set was 40 minutes, only slightly longer than a festival set, the shock of the early dismissal made it easy to forget that Spitta just ran through 24 songs like it was a hardcore show.
If there was a live taping, it could have been rap's land speed record. Being a gentleman though, Curren$y pre-empted the V.I.P. meet-and-greet and stood at the side of the stage signing autographs. A mass migration followed suit, and soon the crowd celebrated Spitta Teresa, with offerings of sneakers, CDs, sweaters, iphones, iphone cases, even money, which he jokingly took like "I thought you was payin' me!" But Spitta wasn't taking anyone's money that night, at least not without anything in return.