Denzel Curry sits in one corner of the room, his back facing the mirror. His long black dreads hang down past his shoulders. It’s easy to get a glimpse of Denzel when he speaks. His eloquence, thoughtfulness and intellectuality are evident in the words he slowly unravels to anyone lucky enough to listen. Yet it’s just as obvious that we’re only seeing the first layer, and beyond that is an even more complex and hyper conscious individual.
His art is eccentric and energetic. His flow unmatched and at all times diving and dodging different ways that’s hard for anyone to imagine or keep up with.
"When I said Kendrick is better than me, I'm a f*cking idiot for saying that sh*t,” he begins, “because he's not, nobody's better than me. Not to sound arrogant, it's because I know who I am. I can't compare my art to Kendrick’s.”
With eyes everywhere Denzel is always watching his fellow artists make moves but hr keeps his focus on his own art, developing it and taking it to new levels with each release. Throughout these last couple years he’s made immense progress and with it, he’s seen firsthand experience of what the media and industry brings to artists that find fame.
"XXXTENTACION used to live with me, I always tried to keep X out of trouble. He got into some type of trouble and I was like yo you could stay at the crib, but when he got into trouble that's what blew him up [...] Anybody who's portrayed as the abuser is the abused, really you're just a hurt child on the inside.”
Without a doubt he’s experienced his own issues but in recent memory, has come to terms with all of it. “I pretty much got lost in my own head, and I don’t like getting lost in my own head cause hell is your worst memory.” Fortunately for Denzel, the head on his shoulders seems to be adept at traversing the difficult landscape that is the hip hop industry and it’s obvious that he’ll be one of those to make his mark on it.