Denzel Curry on Fame, His New Album, and XXXTentacion : The Limits with Jay Williams Denzel Curry brought his rage to rap. For years, he's been known for taking a crowd and turning it into a moshpit. It was his way of taking his internal pain and expressing it. These days, though, Denzel is looking inward and so is his music. Now his mission is to find peace, and he wants the rest of us to find it too.

Denzel pioneered the Soundcloud rap movement, but the death of his friend, XXXTentacion, made him reconsider his own relationship to fame. In this episode, Jay and Denzel talk about the pressures of fans and how to take care of yourself once you become an icon.

For sponsor-free episodes, weekly bonus content, and more, subscribe to The Limits Plus at plus.npr.org/thelimits. On this week's Plus episode, Denzel reveals who he think is the best rapper in the game right now, and what makes him the most angry.

Denzel just appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. Catch his performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glHqWvkpRqo

Follow Jay on Instagram and Twitter. Email us at thelimits@npr.org.

Rapper Denzel Curry On His New Measurement of Success: Peace of Mind

Rapper Denzel Curry On His New Measurement of Success: Peace of Mind

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Denzel Curry brought his rage to rap. For years he's been known for taking a crowd and turning it into a moshpit. It was his way of taking his internal pain and expressing it. These days, though, Denzel is looking inward and so is his music. Now his mission is to find peace, and he wants the rest of us to find it too.

Denzel pioneered the Soundcloud rap movement, but the death of his friend, XXXTentacion, made him reconsider his own relationship to fame. In this episode, Jay and Denzel talk about the pressures of fans and how to take care of oneself once you become an icon.

For sponsor-free episodes, weekly bonus content, and more, subscribe to The Limits Plus at plus.npr.org/thelimits. On this week's Plus episode, Denzel reveals who he think is the best rapper in the game right now, and what makes him the most angry.

Denzel just appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. Catch his performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glHqWvkpRqo


Follow Jay on Instagram and Twitter. Email us at thelimits@npr.org.

The Limits is produced by Karen Kinney, Mano Sundaresan, Leena Sanzgiri, Barton Girdwood, and Yolanda Sangweni. Music by Ramtin Arablouei. Our executive producer is Anya Grundmann. Special thanks to Charla Riggi.