No matter how hard you try, you can’t really pin him down. His latest album, last year’s Zuu, was mostly sunny and uplifting. A contrast to the previous one, TA1300 from 2018, which was dark and introspective. Whatever Denzel Curry does, he’s always exciting, always willing to challenge himself and his audience. He’s influential, too. Pitchfork wrote that he ”pioneered the punishing, bass-boosted moshers that swept South Florida, creating a blueprint for Lil Pump, XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Smokepurpp, among others, and breaking the sound barrier for other SoundCloud outsiders”.
Denzel Curry started rapping in sixth grade. At the age of sixteen he dropped his first mixtape titled King Remembered Underground Tape 1991–1995. More mixtapes followed, gaining him quite a following, before the release of his official, and partly trap-influenced, debut album Nostalgia 64 in 2013. Just released is Unlocked, a collaborative EP between Curry and Kenny Beats.
Denzel Curry will play at Way Out West on Saturday Aug 15.