TA13OO

TA13OO – Denzel Curry – 8.4


1. TABOO – 8.8
2. BLACK BALLOONS – 8.6
3. CASH MANIAC – 7.8
4. SUMO – 8.4

1. SUPER SAIYAN SUPERMAN – 7.7
2. SWITCH IT UP – 8.3
3. MAD I GOT IT – 7.6
4. SIRENS – 8.2
5. CLOUT COBAIN – 8.4

1. THE BLACKEST BALLOON – 8.1
2. PERCS – 8.5
3. VENGEANCE – 8.4
4. BLACK METAL TERRORIST – 8.6


Denzel Curry is one of the many artists in rap that I have seriously been sleeping on. His latest album TA13OO is honestly the first full length project of his I have given a full listen. And now I can’t stop thinking why the fuck haven’t I listened to this guy before? This album has been out for a few weeks now and it was hard to miss all the amazing reviews and reactions it was getting in the hip hop Instagram community. So, heading into this album as someone fairly unfamiliar with Denzel, I was expecting something great. Which for the most part, I have to say that that is what TA13OO is. The main things I noticed pretty early on in this album is the sometimes dreamy and polarizing beats. And the fact that Denzel is obviously comfortable singing a hook as well spitting bars and changing up his flows regularly using different vocal styles. Another thing I noticed throughout this album is some really deep topics that get a mention in some tracks. Things like child abuse, rape and suicide, when they get talked about in music, it always gets a reaction from people, but what stuck out to me is how Denzel can articulate these topics in such an entertaining and engaging way. What I also liked about this is having absolutely no idea what the next song would bring to the table, TA13OO’s unpredictability gave it a real edge when listening to it for the first time. And for the most part I enjoyed near enough everything the album had to offer. Lyrically, it’s very strong, aside from the occasional suspect line. With the Gray, Light and Dark sections of the album, it was a good idea out loud but when listening to the album, I kind of forgot about it and didn’t get a real idea of which section ended and when a new one started. But that doesn’t really take away from my enjoyment of each track. Overall this is a great atmospheric album that really stands out artistically, for its use of personal themes and also in terms of Denzel’s musical performance, it’s great and hella catchy throughout and it’s obvious that Denzel has a very clear world view on society and the rap game right now. I can’t wait to get stuck in to other Denzel projects.