Stars & Hype Forever is your in-depth guide to what’s next in hip hop. Each week we profile an artist you need to know about, and arm you with the essential artillery to decide if they’re the real deal, or just hype. To help readers make sense of the spectrum, curators Andriana and Yo! Adrian weigh in on each week’s talent, by assigning them a blanged out hypeability score at the very end.
It’s week three of Stars & Hype and we’re getting ghoulishly heavy with Miami’s quickest lyricist, Denzel Curry. Tropical vibes and karate by the water was on volume three’s itinerary, along with talks of Curry’s debut album Nostalgic 64, gun control in Florida, his multiple personalities, and the hardest bars he’s spit to date. Enter the samurai, this is Stars & Hype Forever.
AKA: Aquarius Killa, Raven Miyagi, The Universe Gangsta, Cascade
Reppin’: Carol City (Zone 3), Florida
Beginnings: Learning to rap at the age of 12 while at summer camp, Denzel Curry became one of the founding members (he’s also the youngest) of SpaceGhopstPurrp’s Raider Klan, which is comprised of a talented group of Carol City rappers and producers.
The Hype: Quickly singled out as one of the most promising members of Raider Klan (many argue his rap skills are superior to SpaceGhostPurrp’s), Denzel Curry has amassed an online cult following of devoted fans clinging to his dirty South influenced verses over bass heavy trap beats. His debut album Nostalgic 64 dropped on Sept. 3rd and reached the #21 spot on the iTunes hip hop chart within a day. Those up on Curry and his double entendre lyrics being fired off at lightning speed have been waiting in anticipation for the moment they can say they knew about him way back when.