Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED 1.5
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The sonic reversions are interesting but not enough for them to standout on their own to pull in a new audience plus the addition of guest vocalists (Arlo Parks aside), act as more of a distraction, with tacked on raps that don’t offer all that much extra flavour.


The duo’s refurbished EP gets the typical sequel treatment, with new characters and a glossy finish that makes you miss the gritty original.

The Needle Drop

Unlocked's remixes are kind of hit-and-miss, but should be worth checking out for anyone who enjoyed the original project.


Even with the big names attached to the project, UNLOCKED 1.5 falls victim to the trap nearly every other remix project does: the additions only serve to weaken the listening experience. The lightning in a bottle quality that came with the original UNLOCKED does not reappear for 1.5. The grimy boom-bap aesthetic of the original has turned lo-fi, leaving most of Denzel's over-the-top and mega hard verses to feel awkward, and even neutered at times. The few vocal features also come ... read more
Unlocked 1.5 is definitely a big fat mess, but you can't lie to me that it doesn't go hard. Because at the core of it, they're still basically the original Unlocked mixtape in its essence. These instrumentals may be more musically complex at certain junctures, but quite honestly this doesn't assure that it's better. I can't be blamed for preferring the slightly more minimalist original, and at times maximalist.

Some songs lose their edge, and instead, there turned into a lo-fi version of ... read more
Unlocked was my favorite hip hop album of last year. Between the stellar boom bap flavored production from Kenny Beats and the energetic performances from Denzel Curry, I loved everything about that album. Even the video that went along with the album was really cool, and I loved the glitchy and “hacked” atmosphere the whole project had. So naturally, I should absolutely love this, right?

Well yes and no. Obviously the base elements of the original are here and I love those, but I ... read more
The new remix of 2020's AOTY is out. And it really isn't that good at all. This remix doesn't do anything to redeem itself from the original, and it comes off as a half-baked, pretty annoying album. None of the beats here are actually that good, and it just comes off as if Denzel and Kenny had no say in this project, and it just turned out being an average album. No hard-hitting beats here that are bops, just beats that lack bass and creativity. These beats aren't very well mixed either. The ... read more
Remix albums usually aren't my cup of tea, since most of the end up being pretty non-essential and boring, and just get overshadowed by the original at the end of the day, but knowing how much I loved "UNLOCKED" and keeping in mind how admirably consistent Denzel's release streak over the years has been, I've been anticipating this project, plus the abstract, enticing boom bap-y production on the two singles accompanied by great guest verses made me interested to hear the whole LP ... read more
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Track List

  1. So Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper & Smino Remix)
  2. Track07 (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Arlo Parks Remix)
  3. ꞌCosmicꞌ.m4a (The Alchemist & Joey Bada$$ Remix)
  4. Take_it_Back_v2 (Charlie Heat Remix)
  5. Pyro (Sango & Kenny Mason Remix)
  6. Lay_Up.m4a (Jay Versace Remix)
  7. DIET_1.5 (Benny The Butcher Remix)
  8. Take_it_Back_v2 (GODMODE Remix)
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Added on: February 18, 2021