#Fest Preview: Denzel Curry brings lyricism, sinister beats to 13Fest lineup

Photo courtesy of 2dopeboyz.com

Photo courtesy of 2dopeboyz.com

Denzel Curry, hailing from Carol City, Florida, just celebrated his 20th birthday this week and is young enough to be a sophomore at OU.

Despite his youth, Curry puts out music filled with perception and maturity. Whether he’s rapping about the squad or shitty parenting skills, Curry’s lyrics carry a weight of sorts.

That isn’t to say his music is rigid or plain. Most of his songs feature eardrum-rattling production. His lyrics vary from dark and borderline violent to nostalgic and playful. Within these verses, there is also commentary on serious social issues such as race relations and abuse of power by police officers.

Curry released Nostalgic 64, his debut solo effort, in September 2013 with the track “Threatz” (featuring Robb Bank$$ and Yung Simmie) garnering a lot of attention. The anger-filled track features Curry and company ominously rapping over an emphatic instrumental.

Album art for Nostalgic 64. Photo courtesy of consequenceofsound.net

Album art for Nostalgic 64. Photo courtesy of consequenceofsound.net

Curry is fond of the ’90s like many other millennials who reeked havoc on playgrounds during the decade. His album title is a direct reference to the Nintendo 64 game console. The track “N64” alludes to several ’90s classics including Pokémon, The Usual Suspects, and Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan.

Another notable track off the tape is “Zone 3”, which is another banger that highlights tension between African Americans and police. However, I’d say my favorite is “Mystical Virus 3” (featuring Odd Future’s Mike G and Lil Ugly Mane) because it explains how people on the streets don’t just end up there, but are forced there by societal factors.

I think it’s a truly a toss-up as to how this performance will go. I admittedly am not the biggest fan of this music, but I can see the skill. The crowd will play a big factor in whether Curry sinks or floats.

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