Ta13oo

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TA13OO
Ta13oo by Denzel Curry.jpg
Cover for Ta13oo and Act 3: Dark
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 27, 2018
Recorded2017–2018
GenreHip hop[1]
Length43:20
Label
Producer
Denzel Curry chronology
13
(2017)
TA13OO
(2018)
Additional artwork
Act 1: Light
Act 1: Light
Alternative cover
Act 2: Gray
Act 2: Gray
Singles from Ta13oo
  1. "Sumo"
    Released: March 30, 2018
  2. "Percs"
    Released: May 25, 2018
  3. "Clout Cobain"
    Released: July 11, 2018
  4. "Vengeance"
    Released: September 5, 2018

Ta13oo (stylized TA13OO and pronounced Taboo), is the third studio album by American rapper Denzel Curry. The album was released on July 27, 2018 by PH Recordings and Loma Vista Recordings.[2] The album serves as the follow-up to Curry's second studio album, Imperial, released in 2016, and the 13 EP, released in 2017. Ta13oo features guest appearances from GoldLink, Billie Eilish, J.I.D, JPEGMAFIA, Nyyjerya, Twelve'len and ZillaKami. Production was handled by FnZ, DJ Dahi, Ronny J, Illmind, Charlie Heat and Mickey de Grand IV, among others.

It was supported by four singles: "Sumo", "Percs", "Clout Cobain," and "Vengeance."

Background[edit]

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Denzel Curry described the structure of the album: "I was in a dark space when I was working on the dark part. I was tryna work on the light part when I was working toward my happiness."[3]

A statement accompanying the music video to "Clout Cobain" stated: "Across the three sections of Ta13oo, Denzel explores topics including molestation, the presidential election, fame, hatred, paranoia, revenge, love, the current state of music and personal tales of his own near-death experiences. Sonically, the album ranges just as widely as its subject matter, sounds of paranoia, fear of loss, brooding melancholy and mood swings straight from hell all find their way onto Ta13oo."[4]

Inspiration[edit]

Ta13oo draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources outside of the explicit subject matter expressed. The cover art for "Act 3: Dark" and the music video for single "Clout Cobain" are theorized to draw direct inspiration from the novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. In the novel a society is depicted with little communication or knowledge. The character Mildred watches a show called "The White Clown" that depicts graphic violence to distract society. The white clown in the novel is similar to how Curry uses imagery in the "Clout Cobain" music video to discuss mindlessness in the rap community.

Release and promotion[edit]

The first single, "Sumo," was released on March 30, 2018 for streaming and digital download.[5] The second single, "Percs," was released on May 25, 2018, and served as the first single from "Act 3: Dark."[6] The third single, "Clout Cobain," was released on July 12, 2018, alongside a music video.[7] "Black Balloons" and "Cash Maniac" were made available for digital download as promotional singles on July 23 and July 24, 2018.[8][9]

The album was released as three acts consecutively between July 25 and July 27, 2018, with the album released in its totality on July 27, 2018.

Subsequently, “Vengeance” was released as a single on September 5, 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
Highsnobiety3.5/5[12]
HipHopDX4.5/5[13]
HotNewHipHop91%[14]
The Music4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork7.7/10[15]
Sputnikmusic4.2/5[16]

The album received widespread acclaim upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 86, based on 6 reviews.[10]

In a positive review, Dean Van Nguyen of Pitchfork wrote that "It’s when he sticks to the highly personal that Curry’s music is devoid of all cliché—the power of his performance, the veracity of his pen, and the color of his wordplay make him an expert at voicing the tribulations of this doomed condition we call being young. All of this makes him impossible to place in the broader SoundCloud rap domain. Signs point to an artist who will outlast any single distribution platform—or any of the genres named for them."[15] Concluding the review for AllMusic, Neil Z. Yeung stated that "With this additional substance and strategic guest contributions, Curry is elevated on TA13OO -- despite this deep dive into despair and darkness -- hinting at more insight on future efforts."[11]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from Apple Music.[3]

Act 1: Light
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Taboo"
3:17
2."Black Balloons" (featuring Twelve'len and GoldLink)
  • FnZ
  • Mickey de Grand IV
3:30
3."Cash Maniac" (featuring Nyyjerya)
  • Curry
  • DeGrandy
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • Samuel Ahana
  • Imani Taylor
  • Mickey de Grand IV
  • FnZ
  • DJ Swish
3:18
4."Sumo"
  • Curry
  • Ernest Brown
Charlie Heat3:47
Act 2: Gray
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
5."Super Saiyan Superman"
  • Curry
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • Justin Elwin
2:12
6."Switch It Up"2:55
7."Mad I Got It"
  • Curry
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • Kevin Saurer
  • Jeff Saurer
  • Javohn Griffin
3:52
8."Sirens" (featuring J.I.D)3:56
9."Clout Cobain"
  • Curry
  • Mike Hector
  • Julian Gramma
  • J Gramm
  • Mike Hector
3:51
Act 3: Dark
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."The Blackest Balloon"
  • Curry
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • DeGrandy
  • Mickey de Grand IV
  • FnZ
2:55
11."Percs"
  • Curry
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • Gramma
  • FnZ
  • J Gramm
3:06
12."Vengeance" (featuring JPEGMAFIA and ZillaKami)
  • Mickey de Grand IV
  • FnZ
4:00
13."Black Metal Terrorist"
  • Curry
  • De Boni
  • Mule
  • Spencer, Jr.
  • Hirschenberg
2:41
Total length:43:20

Notes

  • [a] signifies an uncredited co-producer
  • All tracks stylized in all caps, followed by a numerical spelling. For example, “Sirens” is stylized as “SIRENS | Z1RENZ”
  • "Cash Maniac" and "Vengeance" feature additional vocals by Mickey de Grand IV
  • "Sirens" features uncredited vocals by Billie Eilish

Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 173
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 84
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 36
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 62
US Billboard 200[26] 28
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[27] 15

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Denzel Curry announces new album 'TA13OO' with 'CLOUT CO13AIN' video | RWD". rwdmag.com. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  3. ^ a b "TA13OO by Denzel Curry on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Denzel Curry Releases "CLOUT COBAIN," Confirms 'TA13OO' Details". Noisey. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sumo – Single by Denzel Curry on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Percs – Single by Denzel Curry on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Denzel Curry Shares New Single & Accompanying Video "Clout Cobain"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Denzel Curry premieres new songs "Cash Maniac" and "Black Balloons": Stream". Consequence of Sound. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Denzel Curry Shares 'Black Balloons' x 'Cash Maniac'". Clash Magazine. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "TA13OO by Denzel Curry". Metacritic. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Yeung, Neil Z. "TA1300 – Denzel Curry". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Alston, Trey (July 30, 2018). "Denzel Curry's 'TA1300' Is an Excessively Dark Head Trip". Highsnobiety. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Ivey, Justin (August 2, 2018). "Review: Denzel Curry's "TA13OO" Is The Equator Between Hype & Substance". HipHopDX. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Denzel Curry: Ta13oo" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 3 August 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
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  27. ^ "Denzel Curry Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.