Denzel Curry - Imperial
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2016 Ratings: #54
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March 9, 2016 / Release Date
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Loma Vista / Label
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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.


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.

The Needle Drop

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


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.

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
i dont really like denzel but i like this
right back at ya, denz!

• gook
• sick & tired
• knotty head
• if tomorrow's not here
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.
Denzel in my opinion is one of the most commanding rappers out right now, and this project is a clear example as to why. His vocal performance is incredibly attention grabbing on every track here, and the instrumentals, whilst they are a bit samey, are hard as fuck. I like how short it is too, it doesn't overstay it's welcome at all and I think it's very consistent too, not one track here that i'd say is clearly weaker than the others. His lyrics are pretty solid too, they're nothing amazing ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ult
  2. Gook
  3. Sick & Tired
  4. Knotty Head (feat. Rick Ross)
  5. Me Now
  6. Story: No Title
  7. This Life
  8. Zenith
  9. Good Night (feat. Twelve'len & Nell)
  10. If Tomorrow's Not Here (feat. Twelve'len)
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Added on: March 9, 2016