Florida rapper Denzel Curry is taking his anomalous brand of punk inflected hip-hop across the pond. In new visuals for the single “Knotty Head,” off of Curry’s Imperial album set for re-release in the New Year, the rapper teams up with West London grime artist AJ Tracey and fellow Floridian, Rick Ross.
The video opens in Tracey’s home turf, panning across West London’s infamous Trellick Tower, a 31-story government-subsidized behemoth. Completed in the early 1970s the building is one of the more famous examples of brutalist architecture in the city. Flanked by basketball courts, balconies and the graying, depressive structure of the towers, Tracey and Curry deliver fevered raps over a foreboding, grime-influenced beat.
“Knotty Head” premiered via Dazed. Prior to the drop the publication spoke to Curry about what influenced the UK-slanted remix. “I’ve been a fan of grime for a while – I used to watch the battles on YouTube when I was younger. I fell in love with the culture in London on my first trip over in 2014, so working with AJ is dope because it’s like worlds meshing. I feel like we speak for the youth in our countries – two MCs from opposite sides of the pond,” explains the artist. It looks like the call of London, rainy and gray as it may be, is irresistible to even Denzel Curry.
Also see how Denzel Curry, YesJulz and members of the A$AP crew experienced Art Basel Miami here.