Zuu

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Zuu
Denzel Curry - Zuu.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 31, 2019
Length29:02
LabelLoma Vista
Producer
Denzel Curry chronology
Ta13oo
(2018)
Zuu
(2019)
Singles from Zuu
  1. "Ricky"
    Released: May 9, 2019
  2. "Speedboat"
    Released: May 21, 2019

Zuu (stylized in all caps) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Denzel Curry, released through Loma Vista Recordings on May 31, 2019.[1] The title is a nickname for his home city, Carol City, Miami, Florida.

Zuu is the follow-up to Curry's 2018 studio album Ta13oo. It was supported by two singles: "Ricky" and "Speedboat".

Release and promotion[edit]

The first single, "Ricky", was released on May 11 for streaming and digital download, along with an accompanying music video.[2] The second single, "Speedboat", was released on May 21 for streaming and digital download after Curry teased it on social media.[3]. Curry's television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, included a medley of "Ricky" and "Wish".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork8.3/10[6]
Exclaim!8.0/10[7]

Zuu was acclaimed by music critics. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 85, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 8 reviews.[5]

In a positive review, Joey Chini of Exclaim! said of the album that, "Lyrically - despite sometimes perpetuating hip-hop clichés - Curry maintains his truthfulness and willingness to address the problems of the culture, all while playing with clever bars and meaningful sentiments."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from Spotify.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Zuu"
2:06
2."Ricky"CurryFnZ2:27
3."Wish" (featuring Kiddo Marv)
  • Curry
  • Marvin Beauville
3:12
4."Birdz" (featuring Rick Ross)FnZ3:24
5."Automatic" (with Tay Keith)
  • Curry
  • Mark Maturah
Tay Keith3:02
6."Speedboat"CurryRugah Rahj3:42
7."Bushy B interlude"
  • Curry
  • Lavares Joseph
FnZ1:05
8."Yoo"Plus Pierre 1:04
9."Carolmart" (featuring Ice Billion Berg)
  • Curry
  • Joseph
  • FnZ
  • Jasper Harris
2:44
10."Shake 88" (featuring Sam Sneak)
FnZ2:27
11."Blackland 66.6"
  • Reyshod Curry
  • Sneak
  • Shane Starks
 0:49
12."P.A.T." (featuring PlayThatBoiZay)
  • Curry
  • Isaiah Loubeau
3:00
Total length:29:02

Notes

  • All tracks stylized in all caps. For example, "Ricky" is stylized as "RICKY".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 38
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 36
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 29
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 33
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 184
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 36
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 21
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[16] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 61
US Billboard 200[19] 32
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloom, Madison (May 21, 2019). "Denzel Curry Announces New Album ZUU, Shares New Song 'SPEEDBOAT': Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  2. ^ D'Souza, Shaad. "Denzel Curry's new single 'RICKY' pays tribute to his father". The Fader. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Hatfield, Amanda. "Denzel Curry announces new album 'ZUU' – listen to 'SPEEDBOAT'". Brooklynvegan. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Watch Denzel Curry Make His TV Debut & Show Off His New Haircut On Fallon". Stereogum. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Zuu by Denzel Curry". Metacritic. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 4, 2019). "Denzel Curry: ZUU Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 5, 2019.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b Joey Chini (May 29, 2019). "Denzel Curry ZUU". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Denzel Curry – Zuu" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Denzel Curry Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Denzel Curry – Zuu" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Denzel Curry: Zuu" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 23, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 7 June 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  16. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 23, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Denzel Curry – Zuu". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "Denzel Curry Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "Denzel Curry Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.