FEATURING JOEY BADA$$, BENNY THE BUTCHER,
THE ALCHEMIST, ARLO PARKS AND MORE
ENLISTS SMINO & ROBERT GLASPER FOR REINTERPRETATION OF SO.INCREDIBLE.PKG
In February 2020, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats packed the now-defunct downtown NYC club China Chalet to the brim. With the ceiling dripping sweat and floor buckling the crowd rapped along every lyric as Denzel and Kenny celebrated the release of their eight-song EP, UNLOCKED. Just a couple weeks earlier, the producer and rapper caught fans by surprise, releasing a 24-minute animated film coupled with the eight new songs. UNLOCKED was the product of a manic three-day studio session that found the artists making music that stood out from either of their catalogues sonically. Denzel sounded like a ghost of ODB at times and a revitalized DMX at others, while Kenny’s production paid homage to the holy trinity of Madlib, J Dilla & MF DOOM.
One year later, UNLOCKED 1.5 arrives as a sequel to their cult hit, completely reimagining a number of UNLOCKED highlights. Robert Glasper, The Alchemist, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jay Versace, Charlie Heat and Sango flip songs from UNLOCKED with assistance from Joey Bada$$, Smino, Benny The Butcher, Arlo Parks and Kenny Mason to create UNLOCKED 1.5 – a brand new release inspired by Denzel and Kenny’s original. Recently teased with a comical trailer starring Denzel, Kenny Beats and a number of the album’s guests, the new project serves as the first taste of what the rapper has in store for an industrious 2021. With a crystal-clear vision and groundbreaking bodies of work, Denzel continues to chart his own path, animating the universe that orbits him.
Today, along with announcing that UNLOCKED 1.5 will be arriving on March 5, Denzel and Kenny are also sharing Robert Glasper’s reimagination of So.Incredible.pkg featuring Smino. It’s a family affair – during the process of this collaboration Denzel and Smino discovered they are actually cousins, which Smino calls out on the track. Glasper’s meticulous production floats underneath Denzel and Smino’s melodic bars, birthing an entirely new song from the bones of the original.
The general public pre-order launches Friday, February 26. Denzel will be offering a limited-edition triple LP in a triple gatefold jacket featuring the original UNLOCKED, UNLOCKED 1.5, and UNLOCKED Instrumentals. In addition, there will be a limited-edition Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats UNLOCKED Presspop inc. figurine set, a limited edition UNLOCKED 1.5 cassette tape, and a limited edition UNLOCKED 1.5 merch capsule. More details to be revealed on February 26.
Hear So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version) featuring Smino here, see the UNLOCKED 1.5 album art and additional information below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.
UNLOCKED 1.5 Tracklisting
- So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version) featuring Smino
- Track07 (Georgia Anne Muldrow Version) featuring Arlo Parks
- ‘Cosmic’.m4a (Alchemist Version) featuring Joey Bada$$
- Take_it_Back_v2 (Charlie Heat Version)
- Pyro (Sango Leak) featuring Kenny Mason
- Lay_Up.m4a (Jay Versace Version)
- DIET_1.5 featuring Benny the Butcher
- Take_it_Back_v2 (GODMODE 950 Version)