The Florida rap luminary discusses the inspirations behind his TA13OO album, and the continued impact of Spaceghostpurrp and Raider Klan.
Before the dark, lo-fi, quasi-punk rap associated with SoundCloud became au courant, there was Spaceghostpurrp’s Raider Klan. The Florida-based collective pioneered this sonic aesthetic in the early ’00s, while donning all black and disregarding traditional spelling. With the release of Strictly 4 My R.V.I.D.X.R.Z. in 2012, Denzel Curry’s clever, intricate and sociopolitically conscious rhymes made him an obvious standout among the talented crew. After 2013’s Nostalgic 64, Curry split with Raider Klan, and in the years following he has remained staunchly independent, garnering critical acclaim and commercial success with tracks like the Billboard-charting banger “Ultimate.” Curry’s 2018 opus TA13OO is a fluid synthesis of his captivating, energetic delivery, knotty cadences and insightful lyrics. Covering everything from sexual abuse and drug addiction to the toxicity of the record industry, TA13OO cements Curry as one of the most engaging critical voices in rap. In this Fireside Chat he discusses the inspirations behind the album, growing up in Carol City and the continued impact of Spaceghostpurrp and Raider Klan.