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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 31, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
At just 29 minutes, the latest release from Denzel Curry feels more like a mixtape than an album. Less than a year after the tour de force of TA13000, an unclassifiable record that mixed black metal and electro, making him one of the most interesting players on the rap scene (and helped him climb into the Billboard 200), the Florida-born rapper based in Los Angeles returns with the more trappy ZUU. He mostly freestyles about homesickness, and invites onto the album locals Rick Ross (Beardz), Kiddo Marv (Wish), Ice Billion Berg, Sam Sneak (Shake 88) and PlayThatBoiZay (Pat). ZUU is an ode to his hometown Carol City, Florida, nicknamed “zoo” by Denzel. However, the album is a departure from a concept album, and takes measures to be spontaneous, without wasting time. With faithful producers FNZ and Charlie Heat at his side, he "shoots first, ask questions later.” "We didn’t go in with an opinion. If you go and formulate an opinion already, you ain’t gon’ get shit done,” explains Curry, who toured with Billie Eilish in 2019 and completed his Flying Lotus ‘Balloon’ trilogy (Black Balloons and The Blackest Balloons on TA13OO) with Black Balloons Reprise on Flamagra. At the age of 24, Denzel Curry has created a dazzling opus that still sets itself apart from the rest of the Florida scene. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 27, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
A former member of SpaceGhostPurrp's Raider Klan , Denzel Curry is one of the precursors of the new generation of electro coming out of Florida. Now joined by such wild men as Smokepurrp, Ski Mask Da Slump God or the late XXXTentacion, Denzel has created a complex mix, which has been much-covered by his peers. To sum it up, his music is a mixture of very technical rap in the tradition of Memphis and the Three 6 Mafia and a rather more elevated psychedelic tendency taken from Outkast and the Dungeon Family. A pure product of the SoundCloud generation, he made waves with Nostalgic 64 (2013) and then Imperial (2016). At the age of just 23, Denzel Curry shows a disarming maturity and an unflagging versatility on TA13oo, his most ambitious album to date.Taking all his concepts to the limit, TA13oo is an open-ended and multifaceted exploration. With J.I.D., Goldlink and JPEGMafia, the album is made up of three distinct parts that move from light to darkness. Taking energy from the power of black metal as much as from the electronic experiments of Arca or Aphex Twin, TA13oo is a panoramic work that defies classification. The result is sometimes noisy and impenetrable, and very often urgent and balanced. Denzel Curry's personality shines through as he links together all these apparently-opposing elements. With little social and political touches, always a witness to the sufferings to today's youth, his writing is made up of little underwater explosions which build into a tsunami. Grenades like Sumo, Vengeance and Clout Cobain brought Denzel Curry to the level of great epic set-pieces, a strong point of his. TA13oo marks a new stage in this artist's already-bustling career, and presents him as a clear leader in contemporary rap. © Aurélien Chapuis/Qobuz
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 7, 2020 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 14, 2016 | Concord Loma Vista

In the years between his 2013 debut LP, Nostalgic 64, and his sophomore set, Imperial, Denzel Curry evolved from a shadowy cult presence into a full-blown, game-ready voice. While hints of this direction were already present on Nostalgic -- a few subtly catchy hooks and a lyrical dexterity ahead of his peers -- Imperial presents Curry as a figure set to dominate his contemporaries with sheer skill and personality. Like Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar, the Miami-based wordsmith is introspective and can be shockingly dark, with wordy bars compressed with lyrics that easily swerve from violent street-level snapshots to pop culture references aplenty. Take the autobiographical whirlwind "Story: No Title" for example: the mid-album highlight contains shout-outs to Fugazi, Kill Bill, Star Wars, Bebe's Kids, and Spongebob, woven through grim ruminations on gun violence and desperation. With his breathless delivery, it can be exhausting, but in an exciting, thrilling way. Some of the best hooks appear out of thin air, bubbling up unexpectedly between aggressive verses and latching onto listeners long after the song has ended (like "Sick & Tired" and the Rick Ross joint "Knotty Head"). "ULT" -- a reworking of his 2013 track "Ultimate" -- contains a hypnotic, anthemic chorus that kicks Imperial to life, bleeding into the popping "Gook." The complicated title is, according to Curry, Miami slang for "odd" or "not with in crowd," establishing his self-proclaimed position as an outlier and misfit. Considering the state of popular rap at the time of the album's release, Curry's focus on storytelling and clever lyrical wordplay indeed sets him apart from a pack more concerned with onomatopoeia and exclamations. Further distinguishing himself from peers, Curry also pays respect to his forefathers and hip-hop history, dropping a trio of stylistic throwbacks to close Imperial. Going toe to toe with Joey Bada$$ on "Zenith," Curry channels the spirit of the golden era with dense verbal volleys and some old-fashioned turntable scratching. "Good Night," featuring frequent collaborator Twelve'len on the bridge and a star turn from rapper Nell, invokes early-era Kanye production with the uplifting spirit of Kendrick's "Alright." On an album that lurks mostly in the shadows, it's a clear standout. Taut and perfectly paced at ten snapshots, Imperial is a promising and early triumph for Curry, whose versatility and talent have produced one of the best rap albums of 2017. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 1, 2020 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 9, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 7, 2020 | Loma Vista Recordings

In the summer of 2019, months after the release of his critically acclaimed album Zuu, Florida emcee Denzel Curry joined producer Kenny Beats on his online freestyle show, The Cave. The fruits of that meeting arrived in early 2020 as the Unlocked EP. Packing a brisk eight songs into less than 18 minutes, the set is a thrill to experience and begs for further collaboration from this pair. Twisting his own Miami-bred style with the hardcore aggression of New York predecessors like Wu-Tang Clan and DMX, Curry fires off a brisk flurry of rhymes that showcases his quick wit, pop culture prowess, and head-spinning wordplay. As Curry pushes himself to the creative edge on standouts "Diet_" and "Lay_Up.m4a," Kenny Beats delivers menacing production that blends throwback sampling techniques and addictive, head-nodding beats. Although Unlocked concludes almost as soon as it starts, Curry and Kenny pack so much into this short release that repeat listens are a must and, indeed, a pleasure. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 24, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 26, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 10, 2019 | This Is Forever

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 6, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 29, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 5, 2020 | colorsxstudios

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 6, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 24, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 25, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 30, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 13, 2018 | Concord Loma Vista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 18, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista