In a recent interview, the Florida rapper, Denzel Curry opens up about his trauma and how working on himself and his mental health has opened the door to his musical future.
Following a thread of critically praised albums, mixtapes, and singles, most prominently his punk-inspired breakthrough track Ultimate in 2015, the now 27-year-old has established himself as one of the most talented lyricists in the hip-hop underground, with many high-profile fans ranging from Thundercat to Billie Eilish.
Denzel Curry’s willingness to advance in his profession, though, has as much to do with the progress he’s made on his mental wellbeing as it does with his professional accolades. Previously, the rapper tried to interpret through his songs the anguish and misery that had followed him throughout his life.
While talking about his new album Melt My Eyez See Your Future he said.
For a while I was disguising my trauma in the music I was making. But people have this perception of you, like, ‘Oh, man, you’re not willing to man up to whatever you’ve got going on’. And so I wanted to man up about every single thing. I don’t need people to tell me who I am; I know who I am. That’s what made me write it all down. I was feeling remorseful about the majority of my actions, and I had to put it out somewhere, somehow.
He also discussed the stigma associated with treatment and mental health, particularly in the Black community.
If you told your homies you were going to therapy, they’d be like, ‘What you going to therapy for? Are you crazy? Don’t go to therapy, just talk to us’. But you can’t tell them half the shit you’ve been going through, because they wouldn’t get it. I need somebody who’s on the outside, someone completely unbiased.
Denzel’s work on the new great album covers years of experimenting with various sounds in order to create something unique. Denzel Curry will be seen performing at Bonnaroo, taking his music to new heights.