Denzel Curry with white and black face paint.

Denzel Curry: TA13OO Album Review

By Jennifer Romero
Rap Music Journalist

Artist: Denzel Curry
Album: TA13OO
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Release Date: July 27, 2018

In 2016 south, Floridan “SoundCloud” rapper Denzel Curry made headlines when his song “Ultimate” became a wildly popular hit. 2016 would be a breakout year for Curry, with not only his song reaching major plays, the release of his second studio album, but also becoming a 2016 XXL freshman. This caught the eyes of many people including myself, emerging as a new artist and wondering if the hype built around his name was worth it. Now, fast forwarding two years later, Curry releases his third studio album TA13OO in July 2018 through a three part series. The album’s first part was delivered on July 23, with the third and final finished album being released July 27, 2018. TA13OO begins with the song “TABOO,” where Curry begins to speak on a important woman from his past and some of the hardships she had to endure.

“BLACK BALLOONS,” “SWITCH IT UP,” “CLOUT COBAIN” and “MAD I GOT IT” are perfect examples of Curry delivering how he truly feels speaking on his depression, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, and any self doubts he may have. A personal standout track of mine is “SIRENS,” which features Billie Eilish and J.I.D. Curry and J.I.D. speak on many issues they feel are happening in today’s world. Curry speaks on how he’s never voted, police brutality and the injustice of Trayvon Martin and his own brother Tree who was murdered, then going on to call President Trump a puppet. With Curry delivering these lines it was time for J.I.D. to speak on how he feels like he has no protection and constantly seeing R.I.P shirts in the streets, something that needs to stop occurring. I believe this song was executed beautifully, with not only the lines delivered, but the features on the song help get across what exactly Curry is feeling.

Another important thing to note is Curry’s stance on the current drug epidemic including the most prominent, Xanax and percs. Late 2017 we lost a very important music figure, Lil Peep, who died of an overdose on Xanax. On Curry’s “THE BLACKEST BALLOON,” he speaks on the topic saying how things haven’t changed since he died. Then on “PERCS,” the 11th song on TA13BOO, Curry mocks current “mumble rappers” by implying they don’t speak when they rap and how they talk about taking Xanax, which could be a very well reason why Xanax is a very popular drug choice. I believe this could be Curry telling his fans or anyone that comes across his music that he doesn’t condone the use and to stop people from using it, and he’s using his platform to get this major message across.

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