Overnight, rapper Denzel Curry (fresh from scoring the #5 slot in this year’s Hottest 100) along with producer Kenny Beats have dropped a surprise collab album entitled Unlocked.
The project sees the pair teaming up more extensively, after Curry first appeared on the producer’s YouTube show, The Cave.
The album, produced entirely by Kenny, launched with an accompanying (and hilarious) animated film starring the pair, featuring individual music video for each song from the project as the pair navigate different animated worlds, each in a different artistic style.
Denzel and Kenny rolled out the surprise project in classic stitch-up fashion, orchestrating a fake Twitter “beef” that saw Denzel take to Twitter to accuse Kenny of leaking the project as an ostensibly unaware Kenny goes live on Instagram. The film starts with Denzel rocking up to the studio to accuse Kenny of leaking the project. That’s where things get interesting.
It’s been a pretty massive year for both artists. Last year saw Curry release fourth studio album Zuu, while KB dropped his collab album Rico Nasty, Anger Management, and co-produce tracks for Gucci Mane, FKA twigs, DaBaby and more.
Unlocked was the result of a 3-day studio session between Curry and KB. According to a press release, Denzel drew influence from The Wu-Tang Clan for the release, while Kenny says he was inspired by Madlib, Dilla and MF Doom.
Watch the Unlocked visual album and see highlights of the “beef” below below. Listen to Unlocked in full, here.