Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
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2020 Rank: #62
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

If we’re just talking about how this thing sounds, nothing on the record is particularly innovative, but the project innovates in its ideation.

90
Exclaim!

UNLOCKED sees Curry and Beats take a deep dive into hip-hop fundamentals through a concise, gritty and hard-hitting album.

82
Sputnikmusic

Until Denzel finds the right balance between his lofty conceptual ambitions and his seemingly endless well of punky bangers, a surface level this fun is the best we can hope for.

80
HipHopDX

UNLOCKED, his new project with Kenny Beats, is both the perfect solidification of existing fans’ devotion and thing to show to people who know of Curry but don’t know what all the fuss is about.

80
Clash

This is a playful project, not afraid to dabble with creativity but also showcasing both Denzel’s lyrical ability and Kenny’s creative dexterity, both artists’ visions.

80
The Needle Drop

Unlocked is essentially a glitch in the matrix in hip hop form, and that's a great thing.

72
Pitchfork

Unlocked is a curveball; for the first time he completely upends his roots, with the help of Kenny Beats.

70
AllMusic

Although Unlocked concludes almost as soon as it starts, Curry and Kenny pack so much into this short release that repeat listens are a must and, indeed, a pleasure.

BradTasteMusic
82

Some of Kenny Beats best work. Clearly a ton of Madlib influence. Denzel is such a good match with Kenny

But the video really escalated the project, and I would recommend everyone to listen to this album through the video on Denzels channel

The music is great. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Nothing on here is innovative but fuck that. Songs like Diet are fucking undeniably amazing.

Some of the hardest material I have heard Denzel on. Kenny clearly knew how to handle Denzel for ... read more

UltimateLifeFrm
85

Shoutout to @ThePurpleIdiot for recommending another gem!

UNLOCKED the fire!! 🔥🔥

This EP by Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats was released in February 2020, accompanied with a short film that tells a story of the duo on a journey to recover the missing 'Unlocked' files after they got leaked.

I should say it now: Denzel is one my favourite rappers of all time, and this is absolutely no exception as to why he's a top-tier name for me. His aggressive delivery, the overall intense energy he ... read more

RakkSmells
75

So I've been wanting one thing recently; Denzel Curry over boom-bap beats. And what can I say other than this provides just that. Before I begin this short review, I recommend everyone sees the YouTube visualizer/short film for this. It's seriously one of the most creative ways to roll out an album I've seen in a while. It was probably even better than the album.

On this album/EP or whatever, Denzel finds a great balance between his aggressive and his somewhat calmer flow over somewhat ... read more

DrDigitBaby
85

Me buss

Gink
85

Kenny and Denzel should be locked in rooms very far apart from each other.

This project is subjectively the best group of music that Denzel has released. From the lyrics to the delivery to the production of the beats is amazing. It is a feel good album.

It makes me want to stomp to the 808s until I break my feet.

danicorvus
76

this is straight gas, but why is it listed as an EP lol?

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Track List

1Track 01
1:24
77
2Take_it_Back_v2
2:49
89
3Lay_Up.m4a
1:45
84
4Pyro (leak 2019)
1:21
86
5DIET_
2:23
90
6So.Incredible.pkg
3:16
87
7Track07
2:03
77
8ꞌCosmicꞌ.m4a
2:46
87
Total Length: 17 minutes
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Added on: February 6, 2020