Denzel Curry on SpaceGhostPurrp and Raider Klan: "He Didn't Kick Me Out; I Chose to Leave"
By Lee Castro
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?"
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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 Miami legend.
Schoolmates gave their praise and admiration to Curry, letting him know they'd seen his video on MTV. Among those were some who sought an opportunity for a feature from the rapper.
"'Yo, nigga, let me get a track with you, son,'" Curry says, doing his best imitation of schoolmates as he pounds his chest. "'Bruh! Bruh! Come on, fool. I got this shit on my heart, my nigga. My heart.'"
Others simply congratulated the rapper on his achievement. But the exposure, Curry says, opened schoolmates' ears to his music, which filtered through the high school chain of command, starting with those at the top.
"I gave it to the popular kids," says Curry. "I get their vote, and after the popular kids started liking my shit, everybody else is going to flock to it. It was like a system you have to work out."
And less than a month after being seen on MTV, Curry took the stage at Coachella in April after being approached with the opportunity by SpaceGhostPurrp's manager, Kadafi.
Curry says the event 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 you like, 'Y'all did Coachella?'" says Curry. "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.'"