Denzel Curry

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Denzel Curry
Denzel Curry August 2017.jpg
Curry in August 2017
Background information
Birth name Denzel Rae Don Curry
Also known as
  • Aquarius' Killa
  • Raven Miyagi
  • Denny Cascade
  • Zeltron 6 Billion
  • Zeltron 6 Billy
Born (1995-02-16) February 16, 1995 (age 22)
Carol City, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts Raider Klan

Denzel Rae Don Curry (born February 16, 1995)[1] is an American rapper and songwriter from Carol City, Florida.[2] He released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64 on September 3, 2013,[3] his second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016.

Early life[edit]

Denzel Rae Don Curry was born on February 16, 1995, in Carol City, Florida, he is of Bahamian and Native American descent. Curry started down an artist's path with early poetry ambitions in Elementary School before he began rapping in the sixth grade, his time was spent at a local Boys & Girls Club where he challenged others to rap battles. He attended Miami's Design And Architecture High School for his first two years of high school. After being expelled, Curry then attended Miami Carol City Senior High School, where he started working on Nostalgic 64 while still attending class.[4]

Career[edit]

2011–2012: Career beginnings[edit]

On September 24, 2011, Curry released his first mixtape, titled King Remembered Underground Tape 1991–1995. The whole project that Curry posted was later included on SpaceGhostPurrp's page, which prompted the birth of Denzel's music career. Following the release of Curry's first mixtape, Curry became a member of SpaceGhostPurrp's hip hop group, called Raider Klan.[5][6]

In 2012, he released his second mixtape, titled King of the Mischievous South Vol. 1 Underground Tape 1996, which caught the attention of fellow American rapper Earl Sweatshirt and other members of Odd Future label.[7]

Curry's third mixtape, titled Strictly for My R.V.I.D.X.R.S., was released after the death of Trayvon Martin, who also lived in Carol City and went to the same High School as Denzel Curry. His style of rap on this mixtape was inspired by Tupac Shakur.[7]

2013–14: Nostalgic 64[edit]

The group Raider Klan was disbanded, which led to Curry deciding to embark on his solo rap career,[8] on September 3, 2013, Curry released his debut full-length album, titled Nostalgic 64. The album features guest appearances from JK the Reaper, Lil Ugly Mane, Mike G, Nell, Robb Bank$, Stephen A. Clark, and Yung Simmie, among others;[9] in 2014, Curry was featured on Deniro Farrar's track, called "Bow Down" (included from Farrar's Rebirth EP)[10] and Curry was featured on Dillon Cooper's track, called "Eyes of the World" (included from Cooper's X:XX mixtape).[11]

2015–2016: 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms and Imperial[edit]

On June 9, 2015, Curry released his first double EP, titled 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, his first release in 2016 was the single "Flying Nimbus".

His second full-length album, titled Imperial, was released on March 9, 2016, then re-released later on Spotify as the deluxe version on October 14, 2016.[12]

In June 2016, Curry was featured on a cover as one of the XXL's 2016's Freshmen Class.

2016–present: 13 and Taboo[edit]

On May 13th, 2017, Curry uploaded a track entitled "Hate Government [demo]" to his SoundCloud account; in the weeks that followed, he released two more demos for songs entitled "Equalizer [demo]" and "ZELTRON 6 BILLION ft. Lil Ugly Mane." After these releases as well as a series of cryptic posts on social media (seemingly portraying another alter ego called Zeltron), he released an EP entitled 13 on June 25th, 2017.[13] All of the demo tracks were included on the EP as well as two other new songs.

Since he started releasing demos for songs on 13, Curry has made several mentions of his upcoming third album, which he has said is named Taboo. 13 serves as a sampler to Taboo, and no release date for the album has been announced. On July 25th, he uploaded a video to Instagram in which he plays a snippet of a song titled "SKY WALKER [demo]." On August 1st, he uploaded another video with a clip of a song called "Sumo," featuring an unnamed artist. It is unclear if these songs will be included on Taboo.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcus, Ezra (December 3, 2013). "We Talked to Denzel Curry About Nostalgia, the Zodiac, and Fiji Water". Vice. 
  2. ^ Charles, Laurie (November 28, 2013). "Denzel Curry, Crown Prince of Rap". Miami New Times. 
  3. ^ Meara, Paul (August 19, 2014). "The Break Presents: Denzel Curry". XXL. 
  4. ^ Trotman, Shiyah (January 14, 2014). "Nostalgia: Denzel Curry Describes That Old Feeling". The Source. The Northstar Group. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sherburne, Philip; Soderberg, Brandon (November 2013). "5 Best New Artists for November '13 – Denzel Curry". Spin. 
  6. ^ Vogt, Nick (July 5, 2012). "King Of The Mischievous South: A Bloglin Interview w/ Denzel Curry". Mishka NYC. 
  7. ^ a b Drake, David (April 5, 2014). "Who Is Denzel Curry? The Florida Rapper, More Than the Sum of His Influences, is Poised to Break Big". Complex. 
  8. ^ Castro, Lee (September 6, 2013). "Denzel Curry on SpaceGhostPurrp and Raider Klan: "He Didn't Kick Me Out; I Chose to Leave"". The Village Voice. 
  9. ^ "Denzel Curry – Nostalgic 64". DJBooth.net. 
  10. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (May 15, 2014). "Stream Deniro Farrar's Confessional 'Rebirth' EP – Self-declared cult rapper's latest features Lunice and Denzel Curry". Spin. 
  11. ^ "Dillon Cooper – X:XX". HotNewHipHop. 
  12. ^ *Please enter your name. "Denzel Curry Rereleases 'Imperial' With Two New Songs - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Denzel Curry's '13' EP Now Available to Purchase - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Denzel Curry Previews New Track Off 'Taboo' Album - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 

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