Miami rapper brings unmatchable energy to the north

Throughout the years, Toronto venue Tattoo has delivered many high-octane performances and this year’s shows during Canadian Music Week were no different.

What was supposed to be an event headlined by Mick Jenkins later became a showcase fronted by Miami rapper Denzel Curry.

Curry’s rock star like persona filled the venue the moment he entered the stage. The crowd in front of him became an adrenaline-crazed mob of people all excited to see him.

And Denzel did not disappoint with his unique blend of trap, lyrical rap and punk rock.

“I gotta talk about my surroundings, just like every other rapper talks about their surroundings. That’s the only way it will be real, original, and authentic.”

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Mixed in between the hard-hitting beats and fast-paced raps, Curry tells the story of what it’s like being young and Black in Miami.

“I gotta talk about my surroundings, just like every other rapper talks about their surroundings. That’s the only way it will be real, original, and authentic,” explains Curry, after his set.

Curry’s ability to pump up the crowd made for an electrifying performance. While delivering some of his own tunes like “Zone 3” and “Threatz”, the Southern rapper put his own twist on the 1996 hip-hop classic, “ATLiens” by OutKast.

“Instead of giving [the audience] a rap show like a regular rap show, I just wanna give them a vision.”

Curry, who wasn’t even two years old when OutKast released that song, had crowd members throwing their hands in the air during his rendition. Influenced by the Atlanta-based duo, Curry certainly has some of Big Boi and Andre 3000’s style in his music and stage presence.

“Instead of giving [the audience] a rap show like a regular rap show, I just wanna give them a vision,” explains Curry of his eccentric performance.

Artists will often admit they feed off the energy of the crowd; if that’s the case, then Curry surely loved his Canadian fans. Between the mosh pits, him jumping into the crowd and his lyrics, Curry gave hip-hop heads in attendance a performance they’re sure to remember.

Photos By. Isa Ransome + Video By. Noel Ransome