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20 Definitive Blerd Rap Albums

20. Nostalgic 64 by Denzel Curry (2013)

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Former Raida Klan member Denzel Curry expanded his nerd references on later turn-up anthems like “Ultimate” and “Sumo,” but his debut kicked everything off. Nostalgic 64 is also often cited as the project that kicked off the Soundcloud rap phenomenon as we know it today?

What’s unique about this record, even within his own discography, is his ability to juxtapose fun pop culture references with some of the darkest experiences of being Black in America. Lines about surviving a drive-by shooting but left “with nubs like the Powerpuff Girls” can make one unsure whether to laugh or grieve. On “N64”, he laments that he doesn’t belong in this world like Samurai Jack before a real news clip concerning the death of Trayvon Martin is played. It is still hard to believe that all of this pain and expression came from a man barely old enough to vote.

Curry would go on to further develop his creativity on later projects, “TA13OO” being the best among them. More recently, he teamed up with Kenny Beats to deliver one of more refreshing visuals-set-to-music projects in years with “Unlocked.” While the Carol City rapper has openly contemplated quitting, we hope he continues to push himself and innovate because the game definitely needs him! — Brendon Spencer

We hope you enjoyed our list! If you’re an artist, we hope this has inspired you to make your own mark!

What are your favorite blerd rap albums? Let us know in the comments!

Curator of the BlerdUp Podcast // Blerds out about: Comic Book Movies, Video Games, Hip-Hop, and Politics

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