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Album Review: ZUU by Denzel Curry


Denzel Curry is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. ZUU was released on May 31, 2019 and marks Denzel Curry's fourth studio album. This album pays homage to his roots in Miami, Florida.

The first track of the album is the title track, ZUU. Zuu is a nickname for Carol City, which is a suburb in Miami. Denzel Curry talks about how he made a lot of money when he was in Miami, but now that he made some money, it is time for him to move out of the "Zuu". Even though he moved out, he's still giving credit to his home town Carol City, and the Miami-Dade area as a whole. The end of the track hints towards the next track, RICKY.

RICKY is the second track off the album and the first single Denzel Curry dropped for this project. This song actually pays tribute to Curry's father. This song takes us back to his childhood. His father, Ricky, would tell Denzel Curry stories from his childhood, as well as advice. Basically, his dad helped him grow up in Carol City and told him to stay true to his friends.

The next track, WISH, talks a lot about their life in Miami. A lot of the references they throw around in the song are things that have been popularized in the Miami, or Florida, rap scene. Also, Denzel Curry talks about his iconic look in the chorus of the song.

BIRDZ is my personal favorite of the song, and also features another popular Carol City native, Rick Ross. This song is basically warning others about their lifestyle since they grew up in a place with weapons, drugs, and violence. This might be a subtle hit to other rappers that pretend they grew up in the projects or hood, when in reality, they had it easy.

AUTOMATIC is another track that takes us back to Denzel Curry's childhood. When growing up, he didn't have much money and was broke. However, now that he has money, he spends it like it is "automatic".  He knows that if he spends all of the money that he earned, he will go back to his rough lifestyle. He also wants to provide for his family and give his mom a new house.


The next track off the album is SPEEDBOAT and was the second single released for ZUU. Curry talks about a few different topics in the song: faith, money, and the late XXXTentacion. Sometime when becoming famous, it's easy to lose faith, but he knows that keeping his faith and praying will help him. The next topic, money. He talked about it in the last song, but he knows he has to keep his money safe and invest, just in case he starts to lose money. He also mentions XXXTentacion in the song. XXXTentacion and Denzel Curry used to live together and Denzel Curry was his mentor. Denzel Curry said he had to make it past 24 since his friend, XXXTentacion, didn't make it past 20.

BUSHY B INTERLUDE is a quick, one minute interlude in the middle of the album. Denzel Curry seems to be talking about a girl who ignored him when he was trying to make it big. Now that he is a major image in the music industry, she wants to talk to him.

YOO is another quick, one-minute snippet, but it is a skit instead of a song. The skit shows how quick and to the point people from Miami can be when talking on the phone. They also seem to be planning for a party.

We finally get back to the music with the track CAROLMART. The title of the song refers to a street market that was in Carol City. Again, this is another track that talks about his hometown of Carol City. He mentioned that he grew up listening to rappers that were from there, such as Rick Ross. Denzel Curry also talks about people having cars with large rims and the earth-shattering bass.

The next song on the album, SHAKE 88, is not your typical Denzel Curry song. In an interview, he said that this was one of the hardest songs to write and that he had a lot of help writing it. He normally doesn't write songs about partying and women, so writing a song about that was nearly impossible for him to write about by himself.

BLACKLAND 66.6 is another short interlude on the album. Denzel Curry took a snippet from a radio show called, Blackland Radio 66.6. It also features a segment from Denzel Curry's mentor, SpaceGhostPurrp.

The last and hard-hitting track from the album is P.A.T. This song definitely has a different feel from the other tracks on the album. This track is supposed to be a throwback of the type of music he used to have on his older albums and mixtapes. Denzel Curry mentions Ronny J in this track, who is an old friend of Curry's. Ronny J used to produce a lot of Denzel Curry's older albums and mixtapes.

If you enjoyed the album, consider purchasing it digitally or on vinyl!


What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite songs? Let me know in the comments section!
Rating: 8/10
Favorite Tracks: ZUU, RICKY, BIRDZ.

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  1. Ahhh yes a couple of his tunes have popped up on my weekly discover as of late!

    Lola Mia x

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