Recently appearing on MTV and at Coachella, as well as garnering over 750,000 YouTube views of his hit video “Threatz,” Denzel Curry has South Florida in his corner. The former Radier Klan member releases his anticipated project to date on September 3 with Nostalgic 64 and certainly is a threat nationally moving forward. Ask Waka Flocka Flame.— Interview By Paul Meara
Also check out: “N64”
And: “Strictly 4 My R.V.I.D.X.R.Z.”
Name: Denzel Curry
Hometown: Carol City/Miami, FL
I grew up listening to: I grew up like, since I had a lot of brothers, I grew up listening to Hot Boys, Goodie Mob, OutKast, basically all the southern albums, like Silkk the Shocker, Master P, Soulja Slim and then it just elevated on when I started getting into music and I started listening to Nas and Jay Z and stuff like that, and Lupe Fiasco and whatnot.
Most people don’t know I: I draw my own stuff. I do my own cover artwork. I did karate. I did karate for like five years, I did it like five years ago pretty much to protect myself.
My style’s been compared to: It’s gotten compared to stuff like Odd Future, I’ve got stuff that’s compared to OutKast, got stuff that’s been compared to Three 6 Mafia, like you know Lord Infamous and I’ve got compared to Bone Thugs, um Kid CuDi.
My standout records and/or moments to date have been: Standout records, “Threatz” would be one, “N64,” “Strictly 4 My R.V.I.D.X.R.Z.” and “Blvcklvnd Souljas.” Moments would be Mad Decent, like the Mad Decent Block Party, Coachella and MTV. Being on MTV for the first time it was just crazy because I never thought I would be on there one day. I didn’t know that my career would get that far just to me getting on MTV or just me getting on national television.
Being 18, I had to balance out school and I had to balance out my rap career but it still turned out great. People thought it would be hard that I would try to balance out my career but I dropped three mixtapes within my school year and I still made good grades. I was still able to get my education and still get my diploma or whatnot. It’s not really hard when you put your mind to it if you graduate and do what you want to do.
My goal in Hip-Hop is: Me, I’m just going to try and take over the whole game. I know it sounds cliché but I’m going to take over the whole game because like, you don’t have to do all this stuff that’ll make you cool or make you poppin.’
At the end of the day, it’s what you got to say. I’m just going to express my opinion and try to change the way people think with the stuff I write or try to get deep into stuff that other people haven’t got deep into.
I’m gonna be the next: I’m not going to be the next anything. I’m going to be the first me and someone’s going to follow and then they’ll be the next me.