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Florida Rapper, Denzel Curry Hints at Collaboration with Jack U

Screenshot 2016-06-11 at 6.41.17 PMThanks to a hint by Denzel Curry, we now know that there is a new Jack U collaboration which is in the works. The rapper disclosed this in an interview with XXL Mag and also on Periscope. The rapper streamed a section of the impromptu studio session featuring Diplo at the time when he had expressed interest in the collaboration.

According to XXL Mag, Denzel got together with Skrillex, popped off fireworks, lit blunts, and dug for samples during the entire session before coming up with a new track. At the moment, the track is unnamed but reports indicate that it will be released very soon. Commenting on the status of the collaboration, Denzel expressed optimism and excitement that the speed at which the collaboration is coming together is commendable and Skrillex is extremely quick with what he does.

Denzel has worked with Diplo previously, but it was certainly the first time he was teaming up with the likes of Skrillex. There are other artists that Denzel has teamed up with and done some nice music in the past including Gucci Mane, iLoveMakonnen, and Migos.

The Journey of Denzel Curry into Music

Born on February 16, 1995, Denzel R. Curry is one of the emerging American rappers from Carol City Florida. On September 3, 2013, Denzel released his first full length album named Nostalgic 64. On March 9, 2016, he released his follow-up album entitled Imperial.

For 19 years, Denzel lived in Carol City where he learnt to write poetry right from Elementary School. He got into rapping when he was in sixth grade. Later on, Denzel attended Miami’s Design and Architecture High School where he learnt for the first two years before being kicked out. It is in Miami Carol City Senior High School where Denzel started to create his Nostalgic 64 album while at the same time trying to graduate.

Between 2011 and 2012, Denzel released a number of mixtapes with his first coming out on September 24, 2011 entitled King Remembered Underground Tape 1991-1995. After this mixtape, he was formally ushered in as a member of the SpaceGhostPurpp hip hop group which was referred to as Raider Clan.

His second mixtape known as King of the Mischievous South Volume 1 Underground Tape 1996 attracted attention of the members of Odd Future including Earl Sweatshirt.

The style of rap in his third mixtape entitled Strictly for My R.V.I.D.X.R.S. was inspired by the late Tupac Shakur.

Before releasing Nostalgic 64 in the 2013/14 season, Denzel made a decision to leave Raider Clan and go solo. This album featured the likes of Lill Ugly Mane, Robb Bank$, Yung Simmie, Stephen A. Clark, Mike G, JK the Reaper, and Nell.

On June 9, 2015, Denzel made a double EP release entitled 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms. In 2016, his firsts release is a single entitled Flying Nimbus. Including guest appearances from Rick Ross and Joey BadA$$, Denzel released his second and latest studio album on March 9, 2016 known as Imperial.

The audience is waiting for the new collaboration and certainly expecting it to be top of the range just like the rest of his past music.

Better – The New Single from Mija and Vindata

Ever since they arrived on Skillex’s label, Mija and Vindata, the OWSLA crew members have been making critical impressions. They have been featured severally on the OWSLA Worldwide Broadcast and Nest HQ and done remixes of top artists including Missy Elliot and DJ Snake. In addition to the major festivals they have played all around the globe, the label mates have now released a new infectiously optimistic single known as Better.

The track is bright, bouncy, and comes complete with a video of the OWSLA crew in Miami. The single is certainly a future bass gem that brings together Mija’s playful and irresistible production with the airy synth work which has become known as Vindata’s trademark. Mija and Vindata are based in Los Angeles and this latest single puts them in the contest for the song of the summer.

Ryan Farber the Director

The visuals for the track which was directed by Ryan Farber captures every essence of good times atmosphere thanks to the variety of tour diary snapshots and hangs with friends. The Better video according to the producers didn’t really need much direction because the entire concept was based on showing a bunch of friends having fun and crazy time.

According to Farber, the idea of a conceptualized video is amazing because it involves piecing together of arbitrary moments and trying to find a rhythm and cohesive fashion in the process. However, the challenging part with the video according to the director is that filming was done at every point because no one knew exactly what was going to happen next. Moments were just unfolding and happening thus making the whole combination more of a suspense production.

During editing, Farber had the idea of splitting the video into two parts; Miami and LA. Because of the heavy tours, the director had to cut the video together and that was more of a challenge to him. Despite some delays in meeting deadlines, the Better track came out so nicely and everyone seems to like it.

Getting Up Close with Mija

Born 30th May, 1992, Amber Giles professionally known as Mija is an American DJ, promoter, and producer originally from Phoenix in Arizona. At age 17, Mija became a rave promoter after she gave up singing because of the inability of her family to support her. She grew fond of bass, drums, and hardcore.

Before coming to mainstream attention, Mija booked Skrillex and lived with several deejays at the age of 18. In 2012 at the age of 19 years, the promoter started deejaying on a full time basis in Phoenix. Giles got the name Mija which is Spanish for my daughter from her then-boyfriend. In October 2015, she was listed by Billboard as one of the 15 female deejays you need to know now. She believes that the male domination of electronic dance music is slowly giving way to the female folk and soon they will be equals.

She has appeared in a number of shows and festivals including the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Winter Music Conference in Miami, Full Flex Express Tour, and the HARD Summer music festivals.