Denzel Curry on SpaceGhostPurrp and Raider Klan: "He Didn't Kick Me Out; I Chose to Leave"
Denzel Curry sits on the couch with his friend Raul, who's in the middle of a sketch. Another friend, producer Ronny J, stands by the sink, just watching. A few seconds later, Curry reaches for an Xbox controller and scrolls through Netflix to pick The Truman Show.
It's been more than three months since the 18-year-old Curry graduated from Miami Carol City High School, the school he credits with helping him develop a style he describes as raw and ignorant but intellectual at the same time.
On "Zone 3" off his latest effort, Nostalgic 64, Curry raps: "It's real in the field/Either kill or be killed, like B.G./So I got a grip with the TEC/Took my nigga China Man/Took my nigga PJ and Trayvon/Goddamn, who's next?"
By now, Curry's MTV "Get in the Game" segment on RapFix for his "Threatz" video with Yung Simmie and Robb Bank$ has become something of a local legend.
It was the biggest day in the life of Denzel so far. And at the time, some schoolmates simply congratulated the rapper on his achievement. But others aggressively sought a feature from him.
"'Yo, nigga, let me get a track with you, son,'" the rapper says, doing his best imitation of the solicitors as he pounds his chest. "'Bruh! Bruh! Come on, fool. I got this shit on my heart, my nigga. My heart.'"
The exposure, Curry admits, opened a lot of ears to his music, which began filtering through his high school's chain of command, starting with those at the top.
"I gave it to the popular kids," he says. "I got their vote, and after the popular kids started liking my shit, everybody else is going to flock to it. It was like a system I had to work out."
But obviously, it wasn't just friends and acquaintances and schoolmates who became fans. Because less than a month after being seen on MTV, Curry took the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, an opportunity brought to him by fellow Miami rapper SpaceGhostPurrp's manager, Kadafi.
The Coachella appearance, the rapper says, has led to the possibility of bigger shows after he proved to be a worthy performer in front of thousands.
"People was coming to see us, like, 'Y'all did Coachella?'" Curry boasts. "Then that just opened up on more broadband, because they'd be like, 'OK, that means we could probably give them bigger shows or some shit. Let's see what they could do with bigger shows and how would they rock it.'"