Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez, See Your Future
Denzel Curry’s work has always been a bridge between the old and the new, between the precise cuttings inherited from his influences and the exuberant energy of his contemporaries. It resulted in highly conceptual albums that also worked on a purely anthemic level. Now, Curry is ready to slow down. Ditching most of the roaring basslines and dynamic 808s to favor softer and jazzier hip-hop, Melt My Eyez, See Your Future is the rapper’s most suave album. Not that it induces somnolence, but rather that the Floridian’s other influences are more strongly felt than before: you can hear jazz, R&B, funk, soul, and even a bit of that punk energy Curry has always had.
And while some might regret the absence of a banger like “Ultimate” or “Ricky,” it’s gratifying to see Curry’s personal growth reflect his artistic maturation. The album ends with “The Ills”, where he states how his introspection drives him to take bold creative steps. It’s a powerful final thesis, illustrating why Denzel Curry felt it was time for him to take a new direction. He remains true to himself but still dares to venture into different spaces – proving that he is indeed the most artistically interesting Southern rapper these days. He constantly tests himself, opens up his possibilities, and manages to raise the bar with every album. Whether Melt My Eyez, See Your Future will be his definitive classic, only time will tell – personal preferences might also play a minor role. However, Denzel Curry keeps us gasping, excited about each of his releases because we know they will bring something that current rap doesn’t. – Erwann S.