Denzel Curry
Nostalgic 64


4.5
superb

Review

by Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (21 Reviews)
December 16th, 2013 | 209 replies | 5,202 views


Release Date: 09/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nostalgia showcased through new wave styles; Denzel Curry manifests the ambiguity of 90's reflective rap through the lens of trap beats and creeping atmospherics.

Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing for a certain time is one's past that represents happiness. Hip-Hop seemingly revolves around this term; fans of the music always seem overjoyed to argue that today's Hip-Hop scene will never amount to the peak that the 90's brought to the genre. It's a paradox, really, in the music world. There will always be one generation that claims the music which conceived their idea of, "this is what music is supposed to sound like" will quarrel with another generation that hears something completely different, but inevitably reaches the same conclusion. And the argument will be had until the end of time. Nostalgia 64 integrates the forward thinking of early 90's groups like "A Tribe Called Quest" and "Organized Konfusion" with the trap styling of today's Hip-Hop, piecing together an album that fixates itself a medium between the many different minds of the hip hop world.

First and foremost, this album is never achieved without the necessities that Denzel Curry brings to the table. The technical skill through which Denzel spits is awe-inspiring, oftentimes captivating the listener before we even understand what is actually being said. On the track "Zone 3" we hear him begin with a spoken word bar "This is dedicated to the memoirs of my niggas, them" before bursting into the next bar with the adrenaline filled, triple-time line, "Most of them victimized because the daily grind Crackers be bamming and sending them" said within the same time length as the previous bar. His arsenal of stop-and-go rhyme schemes and half-bar/full bar lines are showcased in almost every track. He also embodies a pause-per-word style much in vein of A$AP Ferg's style on the track "Threatz" in which he hangs onto the end of every word as though it is being spoken with substance. If there is a fault in Denzel's technical approach, however, it lies within the track "A Day in the Life of Denzel Curry Pt. 2." which is more of a question of "Why?" rather than a statement, for Denzel decides to sing-song his way behind a cloud-rap production that simply doesn't mix. Aside from the albums closer though, attempting to find other faults in the way Denzel approached this album through his delivery is tiresome. Denzel proves with every change in flow that his delivery and sheer technical ability should never be in question.

The actual understanding of the words being said almost never disappoints either. The track "Parents" essentially takes aim at a growing phenomenon in the United States, especially within the lower-class black community, which is bad parenting. It takes two characters, one who believes that prostitution of her body is the only way to provide for her family and the other who simply doesn't have any idea what they are supposed to do with their life, just spending money on needless items. All of it ends up pointing the finger at the horrid parenting that is currently going on. Also, in the track "Dark & Violent" Denzel tells the story in two parts, the first being a third-person view that describes the main character, and then, after a beat change up in the song, goes into this first person view of the same character as he pulls off a bank heist with his friends. It's done exceedingly well and really puts the listener in awe. When the album decides to be less serious, its still isn't a downfall. "Widescreen" and "Talk That Shit" while being dumb in lyrical content, still end up being these fun, and adrenaline filled songs much ado to the exuberance through which Denzel spits and the outstanding production that the tracks emit.

In all, Denzel Curry's Nostalgia 64 is a crossbreed of the best parts of both the old-school and the new-school. Through the idea's that hip-hop shouldn't just be guns/drugs/sex that A Tribe Called Quest brought to the table, to the modern trap beats that have risen to prominence, Nostaglia 64 is a venture into both the old and the new. Sure to have fans of both the forward thinking hip-hop tandem as well as those just looking for a beat that bumps, Denzel brings forth an album that doesn't disappoint from any aspect and is a must listen to any fan of Hip-Hop.



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ShitsofRain
December 16th 2013



4694 Comments


nice

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Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Album is ace imo

ShitsofRain
December 16th 2013



4694 Comments


yeah i was listening to it a lot

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dark & Violent, Zone 3, and Mystical Virus 3 have been my jams since this came out. Been meaning to write a review for it, just now got around to it though

ShitsofRain
December 16th 2013



4694 Comments


it definitely deserved one



Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

for sure

The only track that I didn't particularly enjoy was the closing track tbh

Hep Kat
December 16th 2013



14006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

klvn be the set

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sniper
December 16th 2013



18580 Comments


this album is so good

a day in the life is pretty good idk

oltnabrick
December 16th 2013



29282 Comments


mixing slayer with that tupac shit.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2013



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

wonderful album

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sniper
December 16th 2013



18580 Comments


EUPHORIA EUPHORIA I'M GLIDIN THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA
ON ACID TABS SHAWTY WIT A CHICK THAT LOOK LIKE GLORIA
ESTEFAN BACK IN 1985
SHAKE THAT ASS JUST LIKE A CONGA WHEN YOU GET A NIGGA HIGH

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omaha still has the best avatar #yeezified

Sniper, bro, your pie chart is like, aesthetically pleasing

sniper
December 16th 2013



18580 Comments


and it changes every time you refresh lol

oltnabrick
December 16th 2013



29282 Comments


HE THOUGHT HE WANTED SEVEN DIGITS, THE THICKEST BITCHES, THE TOP POSITION
TRIED TO MAKE A PROFIT OFF THE POVERTY HE LIVES IN
ATROCITIES COMMITTED ON THE BLOCKS THAT HE GOT KIDS IN
AND NOW HE POPS PRESCRIPTIONS, HE'S IN PRISON TO SUSPICIONS

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh shit, wtf

sniper
December 16th 2013



18580 Comments


yesterday i
had a talk with my reverend about
how i traded my soul
to get a skeleton of lucifer
so a nigga could mount it on his wall
hella high, hella high
so a angel could never fall

ShitsofRain
December 16th 2013



4694 Comments


God damn I'm really losing my mind
Or should I end it all just by grabbing a nine?

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2013



5923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welp

was gonna spend today writing a review for this but not no more!

oltnabrick
December 16th 2013



29282 Comments


y, this review is lol

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yes, beat you to it gnarly ;]



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