Denzel Curry - ZUU
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #57 / 770
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2019 Ratings: #180
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Highsnobiety

If TA1300 was a deep inward dive, ZUU is a mighty outward gesture, a salute to the masses.

90
AllMusic

In less than a half hour, Curry establishes himself not only as one of the most capable and exciting artists of his generation, but also worthy of a place in Miami's rap pedigree, right alongside the local icons who inspired this gem.

90
The Young Folks

For the most part, Zuu shies away from becoming too emotional. Instead, Curry presents himself in a reflective state, showing fans (newer ones especially) the full story-where he came from, who inspired him, how he’s gotten here.

83
Pitchfork

The South Florida rapper puts on for his city and delivers the best, most dynamic, and altogether hardest album of his career.

82
HipHopDX

Although the project’s unbridled embrace of such a localized style may limit its mainstream appeal, the LP proves Curry cannot be pigeonholed as an artist.

80
Exclaim!

This is an album you're going to want to nod your head and dance to. Curry has come a long way since he blew up and has fully solidified his place in the game. If ZUU isn't in your rotation, you're sleeping.

80
Clash

‘ZUU’ is further proof that Denzel Curry is one of hip-hop's most interesting and progressive MCs.

80
NME

The 24-year-old Floridian rapper combines dreamy, ethereal beats with hard-hitting sounds and rhymes to relay his unique – and compelling – life story.

80
The Needle Drop
ZUU blows Denzel Curry's previous transitional projects out of the water.
75
Consequence of Sound

This is an album for the day ones, a soundtrack to the Dade County summer experience filled with aggressive parties, violence, and the consequences they demand.

75
Spectrum Culture
This 29-minute rush, rapped off the dome and made less than a year from his breakthrough is still one of the best rap records of 2019.
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89

This is the type of album Denzel Curry was destined to make. Since starting in Rvidxr Klvn back in 2011, the South Florida flavor has come and gone from project to project. ZUU is 100%, unapologetically Miami Dade. This is my AOTY so far because there isn't a single dud. Speedboat is my least favorite track but its far from weak. This is the album I'm gonna be bumping all summer.

BradTasteMusic
89

I remember people giving this a 2/10 because it was not like TAB00 or whatever

This album fucking shlaps. Like hard as fuck.

All killer no filler

PipePanic
87

H01Y 7UCK! This album has me SWEATING!

So, Denzel. One of the most talked about 'underrated' rappers in recent memory, nearly every record this man touches turns to bangerific gold. From the ambitious and experimental TA13OO to the filled to the brim banger fest of 32 Zel, ever album this man has made has been at lest talked about every time it rolls around. I mean, me staying up at 1AM in the morning just to hear a album is something that I didn't really And, after the Goliath of creativity ... read more

cojotaho2
83

Best Tracks: ZUU, RICKY, WISH, BIRDZ, SPEEDBOAT, BUSHY B INTERLUDE, P.A.T.

Worst Track: CAROLMART

ZUU - 9/10
RICKY - 10/10
WISH (feat. Kiddo Marv) - 10/10
BIRDZ (feat. Rick Ross) - 9/10
AUTOMATIC - 7/10
SPEEDBOAT - 8/10
BUSHY B INTERLUDE - 8/10
YOO
CAROLMART (feat. Ice Billion Berg) - 6/10
SHAKE 88 (feat. Sam Sneak) - 7/10
BLACKLAND 66.6
P.A.T. (feat. PlayThatBoiZay) - 9/10

Daniel_AOTY
70

This shows that Denzel can fit perfectly on any sound including trap.

PieceOfSausage
100

Album rating (By personal enjoyment✔️, Not by quality❗):
10/10
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Even though ZUU is generally considered to be not as good as TA13OO in terms of quality because it's not that in-depth and not as experimental or conceptual as the latter, but ZUU just slaps so much, that I cannot rate it lower than TA13OO. Every track on ZUU is a true summer banger, so the release date (31 may) was on point. Denzel pays homage to his hometown Carol City, FL in this 29-minute project. High energy and ... read more

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Added on: May 22, 2019