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Imperial

Denzel Curry - Imperial
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 319 ratings
2016 Ratings: #22
March 9, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

exception
85
this mixtape goes hard as hell. has some finely crafted beats that just might be some of my favorite hip hop instrumentals of this year. and i was very surprised when i heard some of denzel curry's bars; theyre much better written than i expected, and there were some moments that i thought were really creative and even comical. track 1 is one of the best bangers/club songs of this year so far, and gook is a provocative yet ear grabbing track. one of my favorite mixtapes so far this year, ... read more
Cyd
93
Denzel’s talent is really undeniable. Imperial is in a lot of ways a perfect album. Every song just hits you so fast with his explosive flow and banging production. And the hooks... Each of them compliments the verses so well. all creating one of the best rap albums oat and further adding to the amazing year 2016.
BuffaloStaple
87
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
92
Denzel goes in on this album, favourite song "Good Night". love watching his career blow up and this album shows how good he can really be, cant wait for future albums and features.
siberianbreaks
78
A quality example of progression coming from Denzel. Wonderfully dark and gritty production with a psychedelic tinge and loads of sharp hooks. Denzel himself is also as savage as he's ever been with all of his insane flows. Nothing new or groundbreaking coming from the southern hip hop scene, but for me, it's one of the first consistently great hip hop albums to come out this year so far.

Favourite tracks: ULT, Gook, If Tomorrow's Not Here
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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