Today, Feb. 16, is the 23rd birthday of Miami rapper Denzel Curry!

Growing up in Carol City, Fla., Denzel started getting into music from an early age. While still in high school, the young MC released his first mixtape, King Remembered Underground Tape 1991–1995. in 2011 and joined fellow rapper SpaceGhostPurrp's crew Raider Klan. As Denzel began to gain a fan base online from releasing more music, he caught the attention of MC's like Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and fellow Floridian Rick Ross.

By 2013, SpaceGhostPurrp's Raider Klan disbanded and Denzel independently released his debut album, Nostalgic 64, in September 2013. Following the success of touring, a double EP, 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, and his sophomore LP, Imperial, in March 2016, Denzel was named a 2016 XXL Freshman. Zel joined the class alongside Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, 21 Savage and more.

Since signing a distribution deal with Loma Vista Records, Denzel is focused on putting out his label debut as well as a compilation album featuring the rappers and singers of his hometown collective C9 Crew. In 2017, he put out an EP titled 13 and began to tease his third album, Ta13oo. He also has some collaborations with IDK on the way.

Happy Birthday, Zel!

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