Denzel Curry

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Nostalgic 64 (2013), 5/10
Imperial (2016), 6/10
Ta13oo (2018), 6.5/10
Zuu (2019), 5/10

After a couple of lo-fi mixtapes influenced by local rap guru Markese Rolle and his Raider Klan posse, Florida's rapper Denzel Curry debuted with the album Nostalgic 64 (2013), which combined a diligent appropriation of the trap canon Threatz and Talk That Shit with energetic, hard-hitting bangers like Zone 3 and even one laid-back number, Denny Cascade. The 14-song EP 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms (2015) is divided into two sections: the seven songs of 32 Zel reveal a mellow side of his art, notably the neurotic Ultimate, while Planet Shrooms harkens back to his early mixtapes with a lo-fi psychedelic sound (notably Captain Sea Fonk). Curry invested more in the melodic element on Imperial (2016), but the songs are mostly uniform to the point that it's hard to tell one from the other. It's like hearing several clones of standour Gook.

The rapping experienced took a quantum leap forward on Ta13oo (2018), in terms of variety of styles of flow, of nuanced vocal deliveries. The material is not only more varied but also explores a broad spectrum, from catchy hooks to brutal beats. The mellow and melodic end of the spectrum offers Clout Cobain and Cash Maniac, and the other end has the kind of hard-hitting trap bangers that made him famous (Sumo, Percs, Black Metal Terrorist). Zuu (2019), a tribute to his hometown, was underwhelming in both the melodic realm (save Speedboat) and the aggressive section (save P.A.T.).

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