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Denzel Curry Returns to Chicago with the “TA13OO” Tour

Rapper and songwriter Denzel Curry returns to Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.) for a sold out show Oct. 4.

Curry is no stranger to Chicago–mosh pits and stage dives from his amped fans. The songwriter previously performed at Reggie’s Rock Club in 2016 and Riot Fest and House of Vans in 2017. 

The Florida-based rapper started on Soundcloud and quickly gained internet stardom through his most popular track, “Ultimate,” appearing in a plethora of viral videos posted on Vine. The six-second clips feature footage of people delivering insults, performing impressive stunts or displaying confidence accompanied with the lyrics “I am the one, don’t weigh a ton. Don’t need a gun to get respect on the streets.”

Much like his contemporaries, Xxxtentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God, Curry has carved out a fanbase within the harcore community. Lyrics that reference violence, evil forces and other taboo topics found in both rap and metal, unite fans from the two worlds.

Curry is currently promoting his third in-studio album “TA13OO”—pronounced like “TABOO” — in the U.S. and internationally.

“TA13OO,” a 43-minute long album comprised of 13 songs split into three parts, stands apart from his previous two albums, “32 Zel” and “Imperial.” The latest album is sonically cohesive and extroverted, as opposed to the savage, introspective characteristics of Curry’s past work. Pitchfork rated the album as a 7.7 out of 10, a considerably high rating in comparison to his past two albums which weren’t reviewed.

The latest album’s tri-fold nature represents a progression from the light to the gray and into the dark side of Curry’s mind and musings. 

As Curry explained in an in-depth interview with HotNewHipHop, the lighter part of the album represents his frivolity while “Gray is just like the reality of things” and the final act brings out Curry’s darker ambitions for himself. 

The first two tracks — “TA13OO” and “13LACK 13ALLOONZ”—take on darker subject matters such as molestation, morality and rape.

Despite the songs’ lyrical content, they retain an upbeat funk through synthesizers and bouncing drum beats, which gives the listener a sense of ease.

“TA13OO” descends into the trademark cadence and cognitive dissonance Curry experiences due in part to his age and social standing in relation to popular culture. This experience is exemplified through the most popular track off the album, “CLOUT CO13A1N,” which is found in the gray part of the album. The darkest songs in tone, verses and hard-hitting trap beats reside in the third section of “TA13OO.”

The incongruent sound heard throughout the whole album —most notably in the latter part of the album — draws inspiration from punk and metal influences. “TA13OO”  works to expand on the taboo which society has superimposed on genres, bodily practices and people today. Whether this is true or not, it seems to be working.

Additional tour dates, ticket prices and more can be found on Curry’s official website.

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