hit me with ur rhythm sword
Denzel Curry been a solid 3.5/5 artist since whenever I decided to pay attention to him, 3 years ago maybe? IDK. My main problem with him is the same problem I got with all the other Raider Klansmen, namely a kind of rootlessness to the sound, not exactly ahistorical but ageographical for lack of an actual word. I get it, I dig the spooky Memphis shit too, but it ain't only where you at it's also where you from. So I'm pleased with "Delusional Shone" for reproducing the regional on a release marked for worldwide export (cf. "No Shone" by Chad & Lil Dred, "Shone" by Ball Greezy, current Jim Jones WC and future first-ballot member of da Rap Name Hall of Fame). "Underwater" seethes with the kind of mystical-meets-political, hood-noir poetics once purveyed by Goodie Mob, but it also got ya boy stickin all over the room, feelin like Duckie with Gucci goggles in this motherfucker, u feel? Free ya ass and ya mind will follow.
The Internet's a great tool for organizing and politickin, but it's a different animal than provincialism's community of constraint - for better or worse. Ya boy will never stop carryin the flag for regional stylez, and Denzel pleased this tender heart even if no one else give a fuck. Emotional connections mane, shit ain't rational but they magical.