Release Date: Feb 7, 2020
Record label: Loma Vista
The bass-heavy Miami sound we heard in 2019's ZUU has had the Kenny Beats treatment, making this 17-minute album something so digestible and addicting to dissect. Like most projects Denzel Curry has released in the past two years, UNLOCKED came out of nowhere. Using a fake fight to tease the album, Curry and producer du jour Kenny Beats dropped a 25-minute animated visual along with the album hours after calling each other out on social media.
I kick that funky shit until my casket close Denzel Curry is the fucking best, and it's not because he spits good lines with skill. In fact it's more accurate to say he spits bad lines with complete, infectious abandon - it's hard to imagine any other rapper staying in the conversation after a bar like "that's me at my Lois, no Peter Griffin", but here's Curry setting the game on fire with an 18-minute tape promoted like 80% by memes. What's his fucking secret? I'd like to say he does it through sheer force of will, but it's more accurate to highlight his truly terrific delivery.