Denzel Curry
Zuu


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Maitland USER (49 Reviews)
June 4th, 2019 | 161 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Denzel Curry continues his ascent to stardom with a banger-filled tribute to the city of Miami.

Last July's TA1300 looks like it could end up going down as the project that launched Denzel Curry into stardom. By adding more conscious, soulful influences to his arsenal without losing the raw edge that gained him a cult following in the hardcore/industrial hip-hop community, the 24-year old received the most critical acclaim and commercial success of his career thus far. This wave of buzz helped Curry land slots on several high-profile US festivals (Lollapalooza, Governor's Ball, Boston Calling) as well as serve as the opener on pop's latest megastar Billie Eilish's current headlining tour, which should introduce a ton of new audiences to the distinct stylings of the Black Metal Terrorist. Curry kicks the traction he's built up over the last 10 months into warp speed with his latest LP ZUU, a fiery, efficient collection of trunk-knocking trap anthems that are begging to be played at a high volume all summer long.

Where TAB1300 was a dark, deeply personal record that covered a lot of different musical and thematic ground, ZUU is a collection of bangers from front to back that strictly serves as a nostalgic love letter to Curry's hometown of Miami. Even when this 29-minute ragefest explores the darker side of Curry's upbringing in Carol City ("We carry hollow tips 'cause it reflects what's in my soul" on album closer "P.A.T" was the most poignant of all), ZUU is largely driven by a sense of vibrancy and fondness for what the city and its music means to him. As confident of a performer as he's been since the days of Nostalgic 64, he's arguably never sounder more at ease then he does creating hooky, energetic tracks behind speaker-rattling bass, distorted vocal samples and drum machines that hit like a cannonball. These club-ready tunes that gracefully combine real life grit with larger-than-life playfulness is what Curry grew up on in America's most underrated hip-hop hub, and it's evident when listening to this record that honoring and adding to South Florida's rich history was a big deal to him.

Adding to the laid-back party atmosphere of this record is the loose composition style it utilizes. ZUU comes together in such an organic manner that it feels like it was crafted in real time on a stoop or a bus going to/from work or school instead of a recording studio. How did Curry achieve that seemingly spontaneous feel" By freestyling the whole damn album. That's right, every bar on here came to him once the red light turned on. To be honest, that is borderline unfathomable to me. The tremendous collection of hard-hitting beats he had to work with may have helped kickstart the creative juices, but making every verse sound as tight as something that was pre-written is just silly and adds yet another item to the long list of reasons why Curry is so good at what he does.

ZUU is a highly enjoyable listen that is yet another impressive showcase for Curry's exceptional mic skills and rare dynamism. There's seemingly no style within the hip-hop scene that he's unwilling to try his hand at, and that fearlessness and success when it comes to experimentation makes him a very exciting artist to follow. If he wasn't already in the conversation before last summer, the powerhouse, polar opposite combo of TA1300 and ZUU should be enough to solidify his case to be considered one of the best rappers in the game right now.



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SharkTooth
June 4th 2019


14074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn fine writeup my dude

ConcubinaryCode
June 4th 2019


4653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BEST NEW RAPPER | B3ZT N3W R4PP3R

ConcubinaryCode
June 4th 2019


4653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry, I should clarify he isn't new. He's just recently blown up.

BallsToTheWall
June 4th 2019


49668 Comments


Denzel’s merch selection is fire. As a South Floridian I need to buy all UM themed shit.

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PistolPete
June 4th 2019


5001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty solid for only a year wait. I liked TA13OO better though.



BIRDZ and AUTOMATIC are my jams on this.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2019


24789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if TA13OO is a 4.2 this is a solid 4. still exceptional tho, way more fun, and very consistent in sound

rabidfish
June 4th 2019


5180 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

consistently boring, aight

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Relinquished
June 4th 2019


40258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

123 balls, copping that merch



305 REPRESENT

Ignimbrite
June 4th 2019


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the hook in Birdz is fucking god-tier

Digging: KEN mode - Loved

botb
June 4th 2019


12977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

M’s all on my belt I’m feeling like I’m majin buuuuuuu

JeetJeet
June 4th 2019


6664 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

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JayEnder
June 4th 2019


4235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yoo is hilarious lmao

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bloc
June 4th 2019


55929 Comments


Agreed with the rating

Yo/5

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SowingSeason
Moderator
June 4th 2019


31194 Comments


Wonderful review

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madrigal30
June 4th 2019


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yo



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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2019


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyed it less than Tattoo but there are hooks to be hooked and beats to be beaten. Will probably warm up to it with a few more listens. Great review!

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cmaitland421
June 4th 2019


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Appreciate the kind words guys. Haven't posted anything here in a while, but I'm planning on going back to doing reviews on a semi-regular basis.

Ebola
June 4th 2019


3597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MY MOMMA SAID TRUST NO HOE USE A RUBBER

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JayEnder
June 4th 2019


4235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ricky fucking slaps.

bloc
June 4th 2019


55929 Comments


Once I heard Ricky, I would daydream about different rhymes for the chorus lol



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