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83
Pretty Much Amazing

Denzel Curry may be a fiercely independent artist with no major label backing, mainstream cosigns, or company sponsorships whatsoever, but he’s unfazed by this, and nonetheless has no trouble imbuing Imperial with exciting, quality hooks and infectious, ear-worm melodies all on his own.

80
AllMusic

While hints of this direction were already present on Nostalgic -- a few subtly catchy hooks and a lyrical dexterity ahead of his peers -- Imperial presents Curry as a figure set to dominate his contemporaries with sheer skill and personality.

80
The Needle Drop

Florida rapper Denzel Curry comes through with some of his most introspective and savage tracks yet on Imperial.

74
HipHopDX

Imperial becomes his first real attempt at taking his regional fame to a national scale. Without question, it stands as his most complete project to date.

smallpeeble
91
right back at ya, denz!

faves:
• ULT
• gook
• sick & tired
• knotty head
• if tomorrow's not here
WhatTheFunk
74
It is rare that I take huge slaps with current hip-hop. But "Imperial" is really one. Denzel Curry is a young talent from Carol City, South Florida. We are witnessing, mixtape after mixtape, the ever more advanced emergence of an extraordinary rapper with dark eyes and bitter flow, that he poses on trap productions, shared between narcolepsy and the purest violence. Arrogant, incisive, Denzel Curry is however not this gangsta without personality, raised to the bandanas of 2pac and to ... read more
playlistwizard
NR
Fuck Zuu this is Curry's best trap banger album.

Throughout this project Denzel delivers some fantastic rapid fire verses with an intense breathless delivery over these dark hard hitting trap beats, that occasionally include some brilliant loose and watery production.
KIDWITHGUNs
85
☆☆☆☆

You ever get scared trying to put together meaningless words to describe your experience you've had with an album you think is one of the best you've heard... of all time?

* [EDITOR'S NOTE: I OVERHYPED THE FUCK OUT OF THIS ALBUM FOR SOME REASON, NOWADAYS I'M LESS IMPRESSED BY THE LYRICISM AND MORE INTACT WITH THE MASSIVE PRODUCTION WHICH IS STILL STELLAR.]

I think Imperial is one of the best albums to grace the genre of trap music from that year. From the moment Zel breaks down ... read more
ka1
97
Happy Birthday to another goat!!!

This is probably Zel's best album lyrically and soundcloud rap at it's peak. Zel comes off with S tier flows and aggression combined with the eerie trap and melancholic boom bap beats that basically acts as a big middle finger to the corrupt government that is America. Even though I would still rank it behind TA1300, this album is still close to being a match for it. Some of Zel's lyrics really struck deep especially on the song If Tomorrow's Not Here, where ... read more
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Added on: March 9, 2016