Denzel Curry has been around. Although he’s only 24, the South Florida rapper has already helped pioneer the chaotic, lo-fi sound currently dominating rap and influenced a whole generation of young rappers in the process. But after releasing the ambitious three-act TA13OO, one of the best albums of last year, he’s … More »
There is an electricity around Denzel Curry right now. The South Florida rapper is a young veteran. He’s only 24, but he helped pioneer the chaotic, lo-fi, emotionally vulnerable rap music that has since taken over the nation. Last year, he released a great and ambitious album called TAI300. This year, he’s making … More »
With the release of his next studio album, Flamagra, just days away, Steve Ellison—known commonly as Flying Lotus—has shared his next single before the drop: “Black Balloon Reprise” featuring Florida’s own Denzel Curry.
Curry announced on Twitter that this single will complete his “Black Balloon” song trilogy, with the first two (“BLACK BALLOONS” and “THE BLACKEST BALLOON”) being found on his 2018 album, TA13OO. Each of the three songs alludes to themes of fear and negativity, as Curry raps on the third in the series, “Lies are on the rise/increase to bigger size/Hard to victimize when evil’s idolized.”
Flying Lotus dedicated the beat for the single to Madlib and Egon, founder of Now-Again records, writing on Twitter, “When I was in college I heard [Quasimoto’s] ‘Come on Feet’ it re-lit my love for sampling and eventually changed my world. Love to you legends.”
Since beginning his career at the ripe age of 16, Curry has defined his reputation as a versatile rapper, lending his vocals to a myriad of different styles across his own releases as well as features in the realms of jazz, EDM, trap, and more. This latest single with Flying Lotus affirms Curry’s interest in the boom-bap sound, a style that is a cornerstone of Flying Lotus’ catalog.
Maybe you’re familiar with Denzel Curry, the frenetic and hyper-gifted South Florida rapper who, despite his young age, is one of the founding fathers of the presently-dominant SoundCloud-rap wave. Maybe you’re less familiar with Charlie Heat, a New Jersey producer who has worked with people like Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and Madonna. But it … More »
If you went to high school in the ’90s, you almost definitely saw someone cover Rage Against The Machine’s 1996 monster-banger “Bulls On Parade” at least once. Maybe you covered the song yourself. We couldn’t help that shit. “Bulls On Parade” was in the air, and even if you had no idea what a five-sided … More »
Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »
It’s such an oddly specific and low-stakes flex: “I’ve been on every podcast that I listen to.” It’s also, presumably, an entirely true statement. If you’ve ever heard Open Mike Eagle on a podcast, you already know that he’s an ideal podcast guest: funny, gregarious, open-hearted, interested, informed enough to speak with some credibility on … More »
One of this year’s best rap albums is TAI300, the new one from the influential Miami rapper Denzel Curry. Curry is still in his early years, but he still has a strong claim to being a rap pioneer. As part of the Raider Klan crew, Curry helped pioneer the murky, chaotic, lo-fi South … More »
There’s a moment on “Percs,” the stunningly venomous fast-rap tirade that Miami rapper Denzel Curry released earlier this summer, where Curry lets loose on the mumble-rap hordes: “These dumbass niggas, and they don’t say shit / Sound like ‘durr durr durr,’ you like, ‘Oh, that’s lit.’” Curry is hardly the first rapper to call out … More »