With Denzel Curry, the Florida rap lineage is in good hands.
I mean check the cover on his latest record, ZUU. That is so damn Miami.
From Carol City, Curry has been on the rise for a minute, debuting as a member of the former Florida rap collective Raider Klan and issuing his 2013 debut, Nostalgia 64, while in high school. I got hipped to the dude with his terrific 2016 record, Imperial, and since then Curry’s been building on his strengths. 2018’s TA13OO was a moment of moody raps over dark and hostile soundscapes which elevated his profile and landed on a few end of year lists too. In early 2019 he dropped ZUU, a concise and energized record that’s a bit brighter than its predecessor but still every bit as gritty.
ZUU‘s a summer record. It feels just right for banging out of your car while cruising the A1A on a Saturday. On the album Curry weaves in tales of growing up in Carol City, street strife, personal ruminations, and a few bangers to boot. The bass is aggressive, Curry is engaging, and the mood is hard.
“Wish” is a vibe. That beat is so delightfully retro and nostalgic, and matters are pretty breezy as Curry and guest Kiddo Marv go back and forth about macking women and merking fools. It’s just another day down South, and damn that Nextel cell phone beep at the end got me reflecting on early 20s in Fort Laudy.