words by Eamon Whalen
photo by Adam Degross
Denzel Curry is on a roll. In January he permanently severed ties with once mentor and Raider Klan crew member SpaceGhostPurrp in the form of a scathing diss track. Shortly after he announced his first nationwide headlining tour with our guy Allan Kingdom. Then, just a few days ago he was given perhaps the biggest co-sign of his career in the form of a guest verse on the remix for his single Knotty Head from his fellow Carol City, Florida rapper Rick Ross.
This was all leading up to today, when Curry dropped his second studio album Imperial, the follow up to last year's stellar yet overlooked EP 32Zel/PlanetShrooms. Just like his past releases, Curry raps with a combination of ferocity, agility and Black militancy that should be undeniable for Rap fans of any persuasion. Along with Ricky Rozay, the album features guest spots from Joey BadA$$ and Vares of South Florida rock band Twelve'len. The latter guest is featured on the album's last song If Tomorrow's Not Here, a personal standout after my first listen through that reveals Curry's increased attention to songwriting.
You can stream Imperial below and download here, as well as read our profile of Curry from earlier this fall here. If you're going to be in Austin, Texas next week for South By Southwest you can catch Curry headlining our showcase.