On July 27th, 2018, rapper Denzel Curry unleashed his third studio album, TA13OO, out into the world. As a fan of his previous project Imperial I was excited to see exactly where he would go moving forward, and after giving this new project a listen, he’s clearly advanced artistically. This album hits on all cylinders, on almost every track, and features many rising names, such as Goldlink, J.I.D. and Jpegmafia–whom bring refreshing styles to the table.
This album is dark, it’s energetic, it has a great flow, and just works.
For a soundcloud born rapper like Denzel, he has fully converted to a top wordsmith in the hiphop communitty, and completely blew the expectations I originally had for this project. The album packs, in my opinion, the best tracks of Denzel’s career.
In the first act, “BLACK BALLOONS I 13LACK 13ALOONZ,” and “CASH MANIAC I CAZH MAN1AC” do a great job starting the album on a high note, as they both possess excellent flows and sweet beats. “SUMO I ZUMO” goes hard despite being somewhat repetitive. “MAD I GOT IT I MAD 1 GOT 1T” brings a slower pace without compromising the aggressive style Denzel provides. “Sirens I Sirenz” is easily the most politically woke song that takes several listens to understand fully. It almost feels like Denzel and J.I.D are competing against each other to see who could have the smoothest verse. On one of the better ragers on TA13OO,“PERCS I PERCZ,” Zel attacks the mainstream mumble rappers, and their ridiculous abuse of percocet with some pretty hilarious bars.
“With these dumba** n*****, and they don’t say sh*t, Sound like “Durr, durr, durr”, you like “Oh, that’s lit”
“Maybe I should go to jail to get my name up.”
…are just a few that stood out to me. The album ends in an uncompromising way as both “Vengeance I Vengeance” and “BLACK METAL TERRORIST I 13 M T” go so hard it’s frightening. Overall this album is one of the hardest hitting of the year and rarely has a dull moment.
Denzel Curry didn’t hold anything back on TA13OO and I hope this record gets the recognition it deserves.
Hits- “PERCS I PERCZ” “CASH MANIAC I CAZH MAN1AC” “SIRENS I Z1RENZ” “VENGEANCE I VENGEANCE”/ “BLACK BALLOONS I 13LACK 13ALOONZ” “BLACK METAL TERRORIST I 13 M T”
Rate – 9
By: Daniel Lopez