RICKY – [Denzel Curry]

The ascension of Denzel Curry has been one of rap’s most rewarding sights to see in recent memory. Not only is the Florida artist’s catalog competitive with the best of them, but the sheer improvement and energy shown throughout all of his releases is a story for the ages. Needless to say, it’s always going to be a great day when Curry blesses us with a new release, and today, he’s here to impress with an undisputable banger and complementary visual, “RICKY.” Titled as a tribute to his father, this haymaker-inducing song takes fans to the backyard, where the striking intensity of street fights goes down in front of an enthusiastic crowd. All throughout the in-your-face vigor of the deliveries, Curry drops off some enticing pieces of advice from several family members, and resulting is a heavy emphasis placed on the wisdom and lessons imparted through the budding star’s upbringing. That said, this family-minded release brings fans much deeper into the animated world of Denzel Curry, so don’t sleep — “RICKY” is a must-watch and a must-listen! Director: Twelve’len Supervising Director: Zev Deans Producer: Wes Hager

Sunday Service (Edit) – [Jarreau Vandal] x [Denzel Curry]

Remix mastermind Jarreau Vandal is no stranger to flipping a song and making it his own, with many of his signature edits gaining viral attention. For his latest edit, the Amsterdam-based producer and DJ channels the spirit of Yeezus and puts his own spin on Kanye’s weekly Sunday Service performances. Inspired by the video of Kanye sampling Fred Hammond’s  “This Is the Day”, Vandal decided to add his spin to the epic gospel choir. After teasing the re-work on IG, Vandal unsurprisingly started to catch attention for the clip. He even caught the ears of Denzel Curry, who couldn’t resist hopping on the beat himself. Curry adds his explosive energy to the already glorious production, letting loose a verse that feels like it could go on forever. Peep the final result of Vandal and Curry’s take on Kanye’s Sunday Service below:

Bulls On Parade (Triple J Like A Version) – [Denzel Curry]

Meshing hip-hop and rock, crazy ass live shows, and lyrics that still resonate today, Rage Against The Machine were truly ahead of their time. With that in mind, a culture-wide re-appreciation of Rage Against The Machine is long overdue and I nominate Denzel Curry to spearhead the movement. Bridging the gap between Rage and the new generation, last month, Denzel Curry performed a cover of “Bulls On Parade” for triple j’s dope series, “Like A Version.” This month, after over 3 million views, the song has made it’s way to DSPs and is more than worthy of an LL post. Known for that raw sound and his unbridled energy, Denzel is the perfect stand-in for Zach De La Rocha. Obviously, Curry’s energy from start to finish is absolutely insane, but what really impressed me is how surgical he is on the verses. It’s nearly impossible to be so precise and keep that energy on 10, but he never misses a step making this one of the best covers I have heard in a long time. About to head out on a nationwide tour, I hope this makes it into his setlist; hearing this live would be insane! Click here to stream the cover on Apple Music and …

Gong Xi Fa Cai – [Higher Brothers]

This week marked the start of the Year of the Pig. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, it felt fitting to bring you some international hip-hop courtesy of the Chinese group, Higher Brothers. On their latest effort, “Gong Ci Fa Cai” the four-man collective takes inspiration from Atlanta, grabbing the ATL based producer Richie Souf who cooks up a string-centered trap beat. MaSiWei, DZKnow, Psy.P, Melo take turns flexing atop the beat with varied yet equally energetic flows. Unless you speak you speak Chinese, you probably won’t be able to understand everything but it doesn’t stop you from feeling the energy; it’s actually kind of a cool experience because it allows you to focus strictly on the flows and mood. Often, we get caught up in our own bubbles and regions, so it’s great to take a step outside and look at hip-hop from around the world. It’s crazy to see how in such a short time, hip-hop has become a global phenomenon and connects with people of all rages, ages, and nationalities. The 88Rising-presented group is to drop their star-studded Five Stars album on February 22, which will feature, ScHoolboy Q, Rich Brian, J.I.D., Soulja Boy, Denzel Curry, and more! Watch …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Once Upon A Time – [IDK] Ft. [Denzel Curry]

One of my favorite releases of last year included IDK’s smash record “Once Upon A Time” featuring Denzel Curry, and lucky for us they blessed fans with a brand new visual for the track just a couple days ago! This was a display of lyrical excellence and was on repeat around the LL office often in December, it’s one of those songs that are so good you simply can’t just listen to it once. I was pleased with the final outcome of this music video, they brought some awesome ideas to the table and executed it perfectly. Take a few minutes out of your day to check out this new visual below!

Heavy Metal – [Thouxanbanfauni] x [Denzel Curry]

Thouxanbanfauni and Denzel Curry are what I would consider two elite emcees of their class for lack of a better term, they rhyme lightyears ahead of most artists and they displayed that on their new collaborative effort titled “Heavy Metal”. It’s an offering that feels like two heavyweights just sparring on a instrumental, going back and forth matching each others energy and just reminding people that they can whip up a hit with ease. Not only was Thouxanbanfauni kind enough to drop off one electric record to get us through the week, but he also blessed us with a second jam titled “To Infinity and Beyond”! Take five minutes out of your day and get in tune with some of hip-hop’s finest below!

Please Forgive – [Powers Pleasant] ft. [Denzel Curry] [IDK] [Zillakami] [Zombie Juice]

One of the founding members of Pro Era, Powers Pleasant, is here on Lyrical Lemonade today to share a new visual for his song, “Forgive Please”. With guest features from Denzel Curry, IDK, Zillakami and Zombie Juice, this video is stacked with energetic MC’s trading equally electric verses. The new video keeps pace with the song’s high-energy production, and the exhilarating cadences of each rapper add varied effects of entertainment to their dense verses. Also notable, Power Pleasant’s newest comes off the heels of his last video for the song, “Pull Up”. We are already anxious for what else the Pro Era renaissance man has in store for us and who else he’ll be recruiting for the hitmaking process in the future. In the meantime, join us in watching the new video for “Please Forgive” at the link provided below and tell us who you think had the best verse in the comment section!


IDK’s been teasing ‘IDK & FRIENDS :)’ for the past couple weeks, and today, the Maryland rapper dropped the 7-track project in full. As the title suggests, he brings in a tight circle of talent to help him out, including Rico Nasty, Wale, Denzel Curry, and Maxo Kream. Each collaborator feeds off explosive energy throughout the project, with IDK as the source of all the mayhem. He raps with bone-chilling conviction, offering more of the raw lyrical style that listeners have come to expect. On “Once Upon a Time”, him and Denzel Curry take a moment to stunt as they trade bars back and forth over a vintage-tinged beat. The party hits a peak on the track “Bad News”, thanks in part to Rico Nasty who’s in her bag over the bass-boosted Crypt-produced beat. Things escalate to another high on “OMG”, where Wale, who’s been having a huge year in terms of features, gives us yet another memorable verse. With ‘IDK & FRIENDS :)’, IDK’s assembled a 16-minute rollercoaster of a project—one that comes just in time for whatever weekends plans you might have in store. Listen below:

Once Upon A Time Freestyle – [IDK] Ft. [Denzel Curry]

Two of the hottest young artists in the game IDK and Denzel Curry clashed on an awesome new offering titled “Once Upon A Time Freestyle”. Before I clicked play I knew this one was going to be trouble, but when I starting listening my jaw damn near dropped due to the astronomical instrumental but even more so because of the lyrical excellence that they displayed here. It’s rare that I listen to a record and consider it to be an instant classic but that’s how this one felt, bravo to both of these guys for creating this absolutely dope record! Stream this brand new freestyle track below and if you like it be sure to check out our Q&A we did with IDK a few months back.