Florida rapper Denzel Curry rose to fame in 2015, taking over both clubs and the internet with his volatile, moshpit-friendly “Ultimate”. For his latest single, “Knotty Head”, he drafted in hip hop stalwart Rick Ross for a guest verse – and on its new remix, he’s joined by London’s youngest MVP AJ Tracey to put a British spin on the banger.
“I’ve been a fan of grime for a while – I used to watch the battles on YouTube when I was younger,” Curry explains. “I fell in love with the culture in London on my first trip over in 2014, so working with AJ is dope because it’s like worlds meshing. I feel like we speak for the youth in our countries – two MCs from opposite sides of the pond.”
Shot on location outside west London’s infamous Trellick Tower – a government-listed piece of brutalist, inner-city architecture – the “Knotty Head” remix video features Curry and Tracey exchanging verses in a basketball court, cut along with footage of Curry’s recent headline UK show at London’s Jazz Cafe. Directed by Mornix (previously responsible for AJ Tracey’s videos for “Leave Me Alone”, “Buster Cannon” and “Pasta”) it captures an aesthetic of contemporary London along with a blending of nationalities.
“Everyone in the UK is really watching the young rap scene over in the US, and a name that keeps coming up is Denzel,” says AJ Tracey. “It was sick to link up with him. I feel like we have similar mind-frames and both capture the gritty element of our cities.”